A noted British newspaper, the Times of London, published a highly provocative political cartoon lampooning the leaders of the G7 countries, while showing Biden kneeling with his hands bound behind him flanked by a pair of armed Taliban fighters.
— Morten Morland (@mortenmorland) August 25, 2021
President Joe Biden was alternately mocked, ridiculed, and criticized for a “defining” photo of him that went viral taken during a press conference Thursday following a deadly, coordinated attack against U.S. forces at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 10 Marines, two Army soldiers, and a Navy corpsman while wounding more than a dozen other troops.
During his presser, which got underway 25 minutes late Thursday afternoon, Biden blamed a splinter faction of the Taliban, ISIS-K, for the attacks and vowed to hunt them down “at a time of our choosing.”
Following his remarks, which included a moment of silence for the fallen service members, Biden immediately raised eyebrows by saying he would refer to a list of reporters he was “instructed” to call on.
But it was the final round of questioning Biden took from Fox News’ Peter Doocy that led to the now-iconic — and some say tragically revealing — photo.
As Doocy pressed Biden for details about the attack and whether he believes he bears responsibility for it, the president, looking exasperated, bowed his head for several seconds at the podium as the Fox News White House correspondent finished his questioning.
“I bear responsibility for fundamentally all that’s happened of late,” Biden stammered before referencing former President Donald Trump again to suggest the pullout deal he made with the Taliban in February 2020 bore on Thursday’s attacks, which resulted in the first U.S. casualties from combat actions in the country in 18 months.
“You know as well as I do that a former president made a deal with the Taliban that he would get all American forces out of Afghanistan by May 1,” Biden added.
Users took to social media to rail at Biden and his administration for the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, generally, and the attacks on Thursday.
“America’s heart is breaking, its fists are clinched and its eyes are streaming with tears of blind fury,” wrote country music star John Rich. “I haven’t felt this way since 911. To all our troops and veterans, we love and respect you and we are sorry for the disgrace you are being subjected to. #GodSaveAmerica.”
Added James Golden, a.k.a. Bo Snerdley, the late Rush Limbaugh’s longtime producer: “What is happening in Afghanistan is an unmitigated disaster that keeps getting worse by the day. Right now – it is difficult to see daylight at the end of the tunnel because after American troops are totally withdrawn it will still get worse.”
“These are not the times for a teleprompter presidency. Going forward America needs a leader, and Joe Biden is not that person. #BidenMustGo,” actor James Woods noted.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 26, 2021
As Biden increasingly came under fire, the hashtag #BringTrumpBack began to trend as well, with one user posting a video clip of then-President Trump explaining, during a speech in August 2017, that a rapid pullout from Afghanistan would create a “vacuum” that would be filled by ISIS.
President Trump in 2017:
"A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists including ISIS and Al-Qaeda would instantly fill." pic.twitter.com/DTtO4C083F
— Iranian American (@IranLionness) August 27, 2021
“The only way to fix this crisis is to #BringTrumpBack,” tweeted Brigitte Gabriel, a terrorism survivor and Act For American founder.
Others offered similar posts.
— Sassy Ass Cindy (@CindyKendrick11) August 27, 2021
Good morning everyone … Bring Trump Back !!!#BringTrumpBack
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) August 27, 2021
— T.J. (@MixMamba35) August 27, 2021
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