WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Woodville) called for President Joe Biden to be removed from office.
Babin released a statement following the events in Afghanistan on Thursday, when attacks in Kabul resulted in the deaths of more than 170 people, which included 13 U.S. servicemembers. An ISIS affiliate has reportedly claimed responsibility for the incident. Despite the attacks, the president has committed to continuing the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Babin referred to Biden as “an unserious clown” in his statement and said that the president’s “harmless gaffes and blunders” have now given way to the deaths and injuries of servicemembers and “imperiled thousands of Americans and Afghan allies stuck in Kabul.”
The congressman, who represents Texas’s 36th congressional district called the situation in Kabul “a full-blown humanitarian crisis and hostage situation of historic proportions,” which he attributed to Biden’s actions.
“Biden has proven beyond any doubt that he’s not up to the job. He must resign, be removed under the 25th Amendment, or be impeached immediately,” Babin said.
The Constitutional amendment cited by Babin states that if a sitting president dies, resigns or is removed from office, the vice president will become president. In Babin’s statement, he expressed “serious concerns” for vice president Kamala Harris, should Biden be removed from office.
The attacks which occurred at Kabul’s airport and at a nearby hotel, came as the United States and other countries have raced to evacuate people. Biden’s deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan is Aug. 31.
That looming deadline had been moved back from May 1 of this year, which was set during former president Donald Trump’s administration, following a deal struck between Trump and the Taliban, under which the U.S. would withdraw from the country in exchange for American troops not being targeted.
General Kenneth McKenzie, Jr., the Commander of U.S. Central Command, in a press conference on Thursday, said the evacuation has taken 104,000 people out of the country, including 5,000 Americans, yet about 1,000 Americans remain.
On the next morning after the attacks, both Biden and Harris received information by their national security team that another terror attack in Kabul is likely, according to the Associated Press. Also, “maximum force protection measures” are being undertaken at the Kabul airport.
In a press conference held after the attacks, Biden delivered a message to those who carried out the attack and pledged that the evacuation efforts will continue.
“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said. He also held a moment of silence to honor the fallen servicemembers and called them “the best the country has to offer.”
Babin has cited Biden’s longevity in foreign policy matters as another reason for his call for removal.
“After five decades of being wrong on every significant matter of American foreign policy, Joe Biden’s incompetence and terrible judgment have crossed our nation, and the world, to the point of no return,” he said.