An ex-GOP legislator is spending $15,000 to inform motorists traveling on Pennsylvania roads that President Joe Biden is “making the Taliban great again.”
Scott Wagner, a former state senator and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in the Keystone State, is renting about 15 billboards with that message over the next two months that also depicts a smiling Biden in Taliban garb holding a rocket launcher. The first one apparently popped up along Interstate 83 in Pennsylvania’s York County.
Wagner has described the botched U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which led to the Taliban rapidly taking over after the country’s government and security forces practically overnight, as “an absolute mess and a tragedy” and “worse” than Vietnam.
Although thousands have been airlifted out of the country, often with minimal vetting, an undetermined number of Americans, green-card holders, and U.S. allies are reportedly still stranded in Afghanistan.
In an email to Fox News, Wagner wrote that “The pullout rushed through by President Biden had made us the laughing stock of the world. The Taliban are openly stating that they ran the United States out of Afghanistan – they are now very emboldened.”
“What do we say to families who lost loved ones in the Middle East – the country these people served and died for left Afghanistan with its tail between its legs,” he added. “It seems that President Biden was hell-bent on rushing out of Afghanistan – his ego and lack of information is going to prove to be very bad for the United States.”
The former politician also lamented the Taliban will eliminate the freedoms that young Afghanis have enjoyed while U.S. forces were still stationed in the theater.
The left-behind weaponry (with an estimated cost to the U.S. taxpayer of as much as $85 billion) that has fallen into the hands of the Taliban is another serious issue, he noted.
“This is a real big deal that’s going down in Afghanistan,” Wagner told Harrisburg-based ABC27 News, which described him as a vocal Trump supporter. “I think I made my point…I’m gonna say what’s on my mind, and this is what’s on my mind, and now it’s on a billboard.”
The billboard imagery, which is a callback to President Trump’s “make America great again” slogan, but obviously with a different twist, has been widely shared on social media.
An executive with the advertising company that reportedly owns the billboards said, “Listen, we stay in the middle. If people want to call up and put up a billboard like this, as long as there’s not any cuss words or slang for cuss words, you know, we will do it,” the Daily Mail reported.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation also weighed in: “Generally, advertising content is protected by the First Amendment under the US Constitution. Therefore, if the advertising message is legal per State or Federal laws and regulations, recourse is not warranted. While we understand the message on the Interstate 83 billboard may be unpleasant to some, it is our understanding that the message is legal,” the agency asserted.
In addition to other recent surveys that demonstrate an erosion of support for the incumbent POTUS, a recent poll from left-leaning Quinnipiac University indicated that 65 percent of Americans disapproved of the way Biden handled the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan, while a majority favored an end to the war itself.
About 62 percent expect that U.S. troops will wind up having to return to that country to fight terrorism.
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