Thirteen U.S. service members and at least 90 Afghans are dead after suicide bombers attacked the Kabul airport and an adjacent hotel not two weeks after President Joe Biden’s thoughtless and failed attempt to pack up and leave Afghanistan — and many Republican leaders aren’t having it.
Instead of taking responsibility and prioritizing bringing Americans home, the Biden administration has shifted blame onto the preceding administration and evacuated mostly poorly vetted Afghans. According to Politico, U.S. officials have even shared intelligence with the Taliban, with one defense official saying, “Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list.”
Democrats and their Republican friends Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — neither of whom returned The Federalist’s request for comment about whether they would also call for Biden’s resignation or impeachment — jumped at the chance to impeach former President Donald Trump after he called on supporters to be peaceful. Now the following GOP lawmakers are calling on Biden to resign for his dereliction of duty that has left Americans dead at the hands of terrorists.
Rep. Jackie Walorski
“As the president has said repeatedly, the buck stops with him — and I agree. The buck must stop here,” Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana wrote in a statement. “President Biden has demonstrated that he is unfit to serve as commander-in-chief, and, therefore, must resign.”
The Biden Admin's Afghanistan withdrawal has cost lives & emboldened our adversaries. This catastrophe is a consequence of their decision to entrust Americans' safety to terrorists.
President Biden has demonstrated that he is unfit to serve as commander-in-chief and must resign. pic.twitter.com/C7f9984EvZ
— Jackie Walorski (@RepWalorski) August 27, 2021
Rep. Chip Roy
Rep. Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, said Congress must take action against the president and secretary of state for their incompetence.
“When he abandoned our men and women in uniform, vacated Bagram (Air Base) and left that base wide open, you damn well believe that Congress needs to take action against him and against Secretary Blinken,” Roy said on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America” on Friday morning. “We need the brass at the Pentagon to be talking about what their hands in all of this are as well.”
Rep. Kat Cammack
Florida Republican Rep. Kat Cammack said that since Joe Biden is a fan of political deadlines, he should have until his Aug. 31 deadline to submit his resignation.
“There needs to be resignations across the board, starting with Secretary Blinken,” Cammack added.
After 13 U.S. Service Members tragically died in Kabul yesterday, some are calling for President Biden to resign. Congresswoman @Kat_Cammack not only demands that Biden resigns, but also believes members of his cabinet must resign too! #VarneyCo pic.twitter.com/GXo5RjIrdD
— Varney & Co. (@Varneyco) August 27, 2021
Rep. Lee Zeldin
Rep. Lee Zeldin, a New York Republican, joined the chorus calling for Biden’s resignation on Friday morning.
“There needs to be a heck of a lot of accountability, and I really don’t believe that this president can stay in this position,” the congressman told Rita Cosby on WABC Radio. “I believe that he should resign.”
Rep. Jody Hice
The Georgia Republican took to Twitter on Friday morning to offer a list of Biden’s “disasters” in addition to the one in Afghanistan, such as the “southern border disaster,” the “radical woke agenda disaster,” and the “reckless spending disaster.”
“Only 7 months into this… It’s time for the Biden disaster to RESIGN!” Hice wrote.
➡️Southern border disaster
➡️Radical woke agenda disaster
➡️Energy independence disaster
➡️Reckless spending disaster
➡️Global respect disaster
Only 7 months into this…
It's time for the Biden disaster to RESIGN!
— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) August 27, 2021
Rep. Ralph Norman
“I couldn’t agree more,” concurred Norman, a congressman from South Carolina who retweeted Hice.
I couldn't agree more. https://t.co/j3ZyVWCAJd
— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) August 27, 2021
Rep. Andy Harris
Maryland GOP Rep. Andy Harris went after the president for focusing on tax and spending plans instead of the safety of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
“Unbelievable. Resign,” he tweeted.
Instead of making sure Americans and our troops are safe in Afghanistan, the President spent countless hours this week twisting Congressional arms to vote for his $5 trillion tax and spend plans. Unbelievable. Resign.
— Rep. Andy Harris, MD (@RepAndyHarrisMD) August 27, 2021
Rep. Jeff Duncan
Rep. Jeff Duncan, a South Carolina Republican, co-sponsored an article of impeachment with his Georgia colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene again Biden on Thursday for dereliction of duty.
“Impeachment is a very serious matter, and one I do not take lightly. It saddens me that it has come to this, but the President’s actions have proved he is a threat to our national security and the Constitution,” Duncan said in a statement. “It is time to take action and remove the sitting President from office due to his gross negligence that undermined our national security, led to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, and resulted in a grave humanitarian crisis.”
Sen. Josh Hawley
“To say that today’s loss of American lives in Kabul is sickening does not begin to do justice to what has happened. It is enraging. And Joe Biden is responsible,” the Missouri senator wrote on Thursday on Twitter. “It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign.”
“We must reject the falsehood peddled by a feckless president that this was the only option for withdrawal,” Hawley continued in a statement. “This is the product of Joe Biden’s catastrophic failure of leadership. It is now painfully clear he has neither the will nor the capacity to lead. He must resign.”
To say that today’s loss of American lives in Kabul is sickening does not begin to do justice to what has happened. It is enraging. And Joe Biden is responsible. It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) August 26, 2021
Sen. Marsha Blackburn
Blackburn didn’t just call for the president’s ouster. The Tennessee senator called for the resignation or impeachment of the vice president, secretary of state, secretary of defense, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin and General Milley should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) August 26, 2021
Rep. Tom Rice
In a statement about the “devastating” news out of Kabul, Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina also called on the president to resign.
“Your ineptitude has now cost at least 12 American lives,” Rice wrote. “Do the American people a favor. Resign and turn the job over to someone who can handle it.”
Rep. Tom Rice calls for President Biden to resign over the situation in Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/QIZJD8BxZi
— Zak Hudak (@cbszak) August 26, 2021
Rep. Brian Babin
“What used to be the harmless gaffes and blunders of an unserious clown with no real power or influence has now led to the deaths and injuries of U.S. servicemembers, imperiled thousands of Americans and Afghan allies stuck in Kabul, and ignited a full-blown humanitarian crisis and hostage situation of historic proportions. It must stop,” the Texas lawmaker said in calling for Biden’s removal.
“He must resign, be removed under the 25th Amendment, or impeached immediately,” Babin wrote.
Biden must resign, be removed by his cabinet, or be impeached.
His incompetence caused the death and injury of brave Marines.
He can longer be tolerated. Full statement below ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/6RCIkOS2jy
— Brian Babin (@RepBrianBabin) August 26, 2021
Rep. Byron Donalds
Biden “has abdicated his responsibilities and duties” and “must RESIGN IMMEDIATELY,” tweeted Rep. Byron Donalds, a Florida Republican.
Earlier this week, I too called on the President of the United States to resign immediately following his haphazard withdrawal from Afghanistan. He has abdicated his responsibility and duties entrusted to him as POTUS, and he must RESIGN IMMEDIATELY.#BidenResign #BidenResign https://t.co/mPHThWqL3Y
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) August 26, 2021
Sen. Roger Marshall
Marshall, a Kansas Republican, reportedly said on Tuesday that Biden “should resign immediately” if he doesn’t give Americans answers “on how we will respond to this massacre.”
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) this afternoon: "President Biden must face the American people and address questions on how we will respond to this massacre or he should resign immediately.”
— Zach C. Cohen (@Zachary_Cohen) August 26, 2021
Rep. Barry Loudermilk
“For the future of our nation, our freedom, and our future, it is time for him to resign,” Georgia Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk tweeted, adding that Nancy Pelosi should also step down as speaker of the House.
[1/3] Joe Biden has lost the trust of the American people, and shown he’s not fit to serve as President & Commander-in-Chief. For the future of our nation, our freedom, and our future, it is time for him to resign.
— Rep. Barry Loudermilk (@RepLoudermilk) August 26, 2021
Rep. Claudia Tenney
“Biden should resign,” agreed New York Rep. Claudia Tenney, saying she has received messages from veterans calling for Biden to step down and urging her colleagues to join her in calling for his resignation.
I am as well. Biden should resign. https://t.co/X8LFtEkohe
— Claudia Tenney (@claudiatenney) August 26, 2021
I called for Biden’s resignation the first day this Afghanistan debacle began & it has grown more deadly by the day.
Now the Pentagon is confirming a number of US & civilian casualties.
I urge my colleagues to join me in calling for the resignation or impeachment of Joe Biden.
— Claudia Tenney (@claudiatenney) August 26, 2021
Rep. Kevin Hern
“There is no leadership in the White House right now,” wrote Oklahoma GOP Rep. Kevin Hern in a statement. “Biden and Harris both need to resign for dereliction of duty.”
Biden has failed the American people as Commander-in-Chief and does not deserve the respect of that title any longer.
See my full statement on the tragic deaths of American marines in Kabul today –> pic.twitter.com/p3PetNyLwK
— Kevin Hern (@repkevinhern) August 26, 2021
Rep. Greg Steube
“Joe Biden needs to take responsibility and resign,” the Florida Republican wrote, calling news of the Marine deaths “horrific.” “We must keep our troops safe and our country protected.”
Joe Biden needs to take responsibility and resign. We must keep our troops safe and our country protected. God bless our soldiers and their families. https://t.co/dW6Gc6lHT9
— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) August 26, 2021
Rep. Roger Williams
“Today’s terrorist attacks in Afghanistan are the tragic outcomes of the decisions by a failed American President. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. should resign immediately,” the Texas Republican said.
Texas Republican Congressman Roger Williams: "Today's terrorist attacks in Afghanistan are the tragic outcomes of the decisions by a failed American President. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. should resign immediately."
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) August 26, 2021
Sen. Ronny Jackson
“THIS IS NOT FUNNY!” tweeted Texas GOP Sen. Ronny Jackson. “He needs to RESIGN immediately!”
SICK! When Biden’s asked what he’ll do if Americans are TRAPPED in Afghanistan after 8/31, he LAUGHS then his handlers cut off the audio. This is all one big joke to him. THIS IS NOT FUNNY! He needs to RESIGN immediately!
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) August 25, 2021
Rep. Vicky Hartzler
“We need this president to resign,” the Missouri Republican said in a video posted to Twitter. “He has proven that he is incompetent and he’s incapable of leading this nation. He’s endangering our citizens, and he certainly is endangering us on a world stage, so it is time for him to go.”
Democrat leadership is a disaster. Biden must resign. pic.twitter.com/u3eZLAeFWs
— Rep. Vicky Hartzler (@RepHartzler) August 24, 2021
Rep. Warren Davidson
“I remain firmly convinced that Joe Biden should resign,” the Ohio Republican said, adding that Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin, and Alejandro Mayorkas should also be fired.
After listening to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security in today's briefing, I remain firmly convinced that Joe Biden should resign. These Secretaries should also be fired. https://t.co/r8SzdMOqVG
— Warren Davidson (@WarrenDavidson) August 24, 2021
Rep. Andy Biggs
Rep Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican, said Biden “must resign” because he “is consistently bad on policy and a danger to our people.”
Joe Biden is consistently bad on policy and a danger to our people.
He must resign.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) August 24, 2021
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
“Americans come first,” the Georgia congresswoman said in a press conference. “This administration has failed you on every single level.”
“Everyone involved left tens of thousands Americans behind to be the Taliban’s hostages,” she continued on Twitter. “Every single one, especially Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, should resign. Immediately.”
Americans need to know: The Biden administration has failed you at every level.
Everyone involved left tens of thousands Americans behind to be the Taliban’s hostages.
Every single one, especially Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, should resign. Immediately. pic.twitter.com/ig6xu1xHzx
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) August 24, 2021
Rep. Mark Green
“[Biden] is a clear and present danger to the safety of Americans,” the Tennessee Republican told Tammy Bruce on Fox News last week, before the explosions in Kabul on Thursday. “This commander in chief has lost complete touch with reality.”
This is “why Joe Biden needs to resign!” Green added on Twitter.
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) August 21, 2021
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, a Pennsylvania Republican, took to Twitter last week to document American losses in Afghanistan over the past two decades.
“[T]he U.S. suffered 20,000 casualties, lost over 2,300 soldiers, spent over $2.2 trillion,” Reschenthaler tweeted. “And we have nothing to show for it because Biden just handed the country over to terrorists. RT if you think Biden should resign.”
After 20 years in Afghanistan, the U.S.
– suffered 20,000 casualties
– lost over 2,300 soldiers
– spent over $2.2 trillion
And we have nothing to show for it because Biden just handed the country over to terrorists.
RT if you think Biden should resign. pic.twitter.com/8OC4AdD6Ra
— Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (@GReschenthaler) August 20, 2021
“There’s nothing Biden, Blinken, Milley, and the rest of the capitulators can say to undue selling out our allies, diminishing our standing in the world, and handing Afghanistan back to the Taliban. Truly unforgivable,” the congressman also told Newsmax’s Logan Ratick, calling for their resignations.
Rep. Elise Stefanik
Rep. Elise Stefanik, the New York Republican who replaced Cheney as GOP conference chair, said on Aug. 26 that Biden is “unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.”
“Our hearts break across the country for the brave service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. Their families are facing unimaginable news today. Please pray for them,” she said in a press release.
“The buck stops with the President of the United States,” she continued. “Joe Biden has blood on his hands. This horrific national security and humanitarian disaster is solely the result of Joe Biden’s weak and incompetent leadership. He is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham
“I think he should be impeached,” the South Carolina Republican said during a Newsmax segment on Aug. 24. “I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached because he’s abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us, and he’s going to abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban to a Aug. 31 deadline.”
Rep. Mike Waltz
“Every single person who is responsible for Americans and our allies should resign for their heartlessness and incompetence,” said Florida GOP Rep. Mike Waltz, saying he was “furious” at the actions of Biden, the National Security Council, and the Department of State.
I am furious over President Biden, the State Department, and the NSC’s actions. Every single person who is responsible for Americans and our allies should resign for their heartlessness and incompetence.
— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) August 20, 2021
Rep. Lauren Boebert
Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert also says, “It’s time for Joe Biden to resign.”
It’s time for Joe Biden to resign.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 26, 2021
Rep. Jim Jordan
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) August 26, 2021
This article has been updated as additional lawmakers called on the president to resign.