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Biden’s catastrophic withdrawal of the United States military from Afghanistan has had many ramifications – thousands of Americans and special visa (SIV) holders remain trapped behind Taliban lines, unable to evacuate. Biden attempted to downplay the disaster in an address on Friday to the American public, as well as a highly-edited interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, in which much of his comments –some of which pertained to his inability to remember where his deceased son Beau served, have prompted calls to release the full tape.
According to Tucker Carlson, as reported by Newsweek, the full interview was edited to make the president sound less “incoherent, confused.”
“Toward the end of his interview with ABC, there was this exchange,” said Carlson on his Thursday show. “That exchange was never broadcast on camera. Now, television networks edit interviews very often for time. But ABC News appears to have chosen to edit out portions that made Joe Biden look, how to put it, not presidential, incoherent, confused.”
Florida Sen. Rick Scott suggested on social media that Biden’s seeming inability to lead the country through the disaster may merit an invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would remove him from office. If invoked, the 25th amendment permits a sitting president’s removal from his position if he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
“After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment?” Scott said in a Monday tweet after Kabul’s fall to the Taliban the day before.
After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment? https://t.co/l1bFrUdZH9
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) August 16, 2021
The Afghanistan disaster is not the only thing to sound the alarm over Biden’s mental fitness. Tennessee Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty raised concerns about Biden following the Wednesday interview on ABC News with George Stephanopoulos, stating on the Hugh Hewitt Show that he wanted to hear more of Biden’s conversation, and specifically called for the release of the unedited footage.
Although the transcript is available on ABC News, the footage may prove damning to Biden, as it would provide observers an unfettered look at his ability to conduct himself in a one-on-one interview, especially due to his reluctance to field more than a few questions from members of the press at his Friday conference.
“Long ago, Richard Nixon offered a transcript of the Watergate tapes to John Stennis. That was immediately and roundly rejected. Does ABC owe the American people an unedited view of the president since we have nothing else?” commentator and author Hewitt asked, according to The Federalist.
“Well, I’m certain the American public would prefer this,” Hagerty replied. “And I think that your raising it, talking about it right now, is a great way to put pressure on the situation, to actually see the raw footage.”
The transcript of the interview shows that Biden struggled to answer a number of questions. At one point, he stumbled over the record of his late son Beau’s service in the military.
Biden stumbles over which branch of the military his son Beau served and where he was deployed pic.twitter.com/lMbp7obM1m
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 19, 2021
No video of the transcribed exchange exists online, nor has ABC News made any announcement stating its plans to release the footage.
“This has created doubt not only in my mind, in the mind of many, many Americans, but also doubt in the minds of our allies,” Hagerty said to Hewitt. “It has been just shocking to see the president’s lack of attention to this, his unwillingness to address it.”
“The fact that he’s tried to spin and deflect rather than accept responsibility, own it, and fix it, it’s just been shocking,” he added. “And I think the American people are crushed from the standpoint of seeing the reputation of our nation diminished. They’re crushed seeing Americans, American lives now put at risk in the way that they have been put at risk.”
“And the fact that we have just cut and run, so to speak, without any plan in place, is not the America that Tennesseeans expect,” said Hagerty.
Even in their edited state, Biden’s remarks have drawn criticism, even from corporate press outlets like CNN, which fact checked his misstatement of the date of horrific footage of men falling to their deaths from a US Air Force C-17 transport plane.
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