President Joe Biden recently conducted an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos, which earned him a lot of heavy criticism, especially as he seemed to be confused and even a little defiant.
“We’ve all seen the pictures. We’ve seen those hundreds of people packed in a C-17. We’ve seen Afghans falling,” Stephanopoulos said before the president, seemingly very angry, interrupted him.
“That was four days ago, five days ago!” Biden stated. However, in reality, what’s being discussed here just happened two days before the interview.
At another point, the former press secretary to Bill Clinton asked if the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan could have been done better.
“No. I don’t think it could’ve been handled in a way that — we’re going to go back in hindsight and look but the idea that somehow there was a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens,” Biden went on to say.
“So for you, that was always priced in the decision?” Stephanopoulos then asked the president.
“Yes,” the president replied.
EXCLUSIVE: Pressed on whether the U.S.'s exit from Afghanistan could have been handled better, Pres. Biden tells @GStephanopoulos, "The idea that somehow, there's a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing—I don't know how that happens." https://t.co/mH1AyWI5lb pic.twitter.com/osAwdDQy2L
— ABC News (@ABC) August 18, 2021
The response by folks on social media was swift and extremely brutal.
“This is such a slap in the face to the thousands of Americans still in Afghanistan. He had no plan, he has no urgency, and he won’t take responsibility. #Shameful,” former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a tweet she posted.
“A truly ignorant and shameful performance by an American president,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) also stated on Twitter .
Sen. Tom Cotton replied in a tweet by saying, “No way to avoid this chaos? That’s a bald-faced lie. Joe Biden is as dishonest as he is impotent.”
“Biden’s failure to even admit to his catastrophic mistake, when the whole world has watched the disaster unfurl on live TV, is both breathtakingly arrogant & disturbingly delusional. He either doesn’t care or is in denial,” British TV host Piers Morgan commented.
“This is a brutal exchange for so many reasons, but Biden replying with ‘that was four days ago, five days ago’ about the photos that we saw two days ago is bad and then saying ‘no’ to being asked if this could’ve been handled better is as bad as it gets,” writer Josh Jordan posted on Twitter.
This has truly been an epic fail for the Biden administration. What makes it all worse is how clueless the president seems to be on just about every facet of this issue. He’s likely this clueless on every other issue too. Scary to think he’s the president right now, isn’t it?