Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) went on CNN on Friday to push back at calls from his colleagues that President Joe Biden resign or be impeached over the disaster in Afghanistan.
Despite Biden’s mishandling of the crisis that led to thirteen U.S. service members being killed in a terror attack in Kabul on Thursday, Kinzinger said he won’t be calling for Biden to resign or be impeached. It should be noted that Kinzinger voted in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump over the Capitol riot earlier this year.
“I do believe some people on [Biden’s] national security team should resign. That’s up to them, and it’s up to him. But no, I mean, look, we impeach presidents for high crimes and misdemeanors. This is a very bad decision,” Kinzinger explained. “Other presidents have made bad decisions, but I’m not going to call on the president to resign for this nor to be impeached.”
“Look, we need some stability in our government, and we’ve gotten to this back and forth where it’s just constant battle of power, who can take over next year, instead of looking at this country needs some real help,” he added. “We need actually grown-up politics for once and not just kind of next-day news cycle politics.”
Earlier this week, Kinzinger tried to blame Trump for the disaster in Afghanistan.
“What breaks my heart probably more than anything on a political side is that America is being displayed out in the world and embarrassed in the world, and our American allies are saying America looks weak,” Kinzinger said. “Honestly, the Republicans are putting out talking points to make Biden look bad. The Democrats are putting out talking points to the administration — the past administration. They are both responsible. We’re so tribalistic as a country. It’s hard to imagine a Republican saying everybody is responsible.”
“Let’s keep in mind, Mike Pompeo met with the Taliban as Donald Trump was publicly saying we have to get out of Afghanistan at all costs, it’s not worth it,” he added. “Mike Pompeo meets with the Taliban and tries to negotiate something.”
“By the way, they end up getting rolled harder than ever, almost as hard as Neville Chamberlain because they knew what the outcome was,” Kinzinger said. “They set this up to fail but always, of course, Joe Biden could have easily turned this around and instead used it as the excuse to get out. Both parties have failed the American people.”