U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn, a new Republican from North Carolina, calls on Vice President Kamala Harris to invoke the 25th Amendment and impeach President Biden following the murderous and botched US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Our nation is at a critical point,” he wrote in a letter Thursday to Harris and the rest of the cabinet.
He warned of China’s ambitions on the world stage, the resurgence of Russia, rising inflation, chaos on the southern border and other global predicaments threatening the United States – and called argues that tackling them would require strong and decisive leadership.
“Joe Biden’s physical inability to lead is not a matter of political discussion – it is demonstrable fact,” Cawthorn told Fox News Thursday night. “He is not mentally fit to serve as President of the United States.”
The congressman said he did not believe Biden was capable of serving as commander-in-chief after the disastrous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, which left thousands of Afghan allies stranded, the country to hands of the Taliban and the highest number of Americans killed in a single attack in Afghanistan in more than a decade.
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“I cannot stand idly by and watch the nation I love sink into death and devastation because our leader cannot perform his duties,” he said. “There is no time to wait, the time to act is now.”
In his letter to Harris, he wrote that as a member of the president’s inner circle and a former opponent of the presidential primary debate, she saw Biden’s “current cognitive limitations” more clearly than anyone.
“As the person who works most closely with the President, you are also the one who knows best the differences between the perception the West Wing wants to project and the grim reality,” he added.
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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter after hours.
The request comes hours after a terrorist bomb attack outside the US-held Kabul airport killed at least 13 US servicemen – 10 Marines, two army soldiers and a member of the Navy.
In a statement Thursday night, Harris honored the victims.
“These brave soldiers died saving countless lives,” she said. “They are heroes.”
She said she and her family mourned the Afghan civilians killed in the same attack.
“Our country is grateful to all of our women and men in uniform, and especially to those working today to bring the Americans and our Afghan partners out of danger,” she said. “And we will complete this mission. Today we honor those who gave their lives in the service of their nation. We will never forget.”
In an earlier press briefing, Biden had pledged to track down and kill the terrorists responsible, but critics have called his response puzzling and inadequate, especially after the US withdrawal significantly reduced the capabilities of intelligence in the war-torn country angered NATO allies and raised fears. that hundreds of American citizens and tens of thousands of Afghan allies could be stranded behind enemy lines – at the risk of dying at the hands of the Taliban.
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“The Constitution offers us a remedy,” wrote Cawthorn. “Article 4 of the 25th Amendment sets out the process by which the incumbent president may be removed from office for failure to ‘discharge the powers and duties of office’.”
Then he urged her to start the process.
“I recognize the enormity of this demand, but this enormity is overshadowed by the magnitude of the consequences facing our country,” he wrote.
Other prominent Republicans have called on Biden to step down because of the Afghan crisis.
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki addressed those lawmakers earlier Thursday, saying it was “not a day for politics” in the wake of the alleged bombing of ‘ISIS-K which killed more than a dozen soldiers.
“We would expect every American, elected or not, to stand by our side in our commitment to pursue, fight and kill these terrorists wherever they live and to honor the lives of the military, that is what this day is for, “she said during her daily press briefing.
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