U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack has reiterated her belief President Joe Biden should resign over events in Afghanistan.
During an appearance Monday on “Fox & Friends,” the first-term U.S. Representative compared the President to the 1989 film “Weekend at Bernie’s,” a less-than-subtle suggestion Biden may be little more than a figurehead anyways.
She offered the cinematic comparison when pressed on the fact Biden’s resignation would result in Vice President Kamala Harris becoming President.
“Trust me, I absolutely would take Weekend at Bernie’s any day over a potential President Harris,” Cammack said. “But this is where we are at.”
The classic film tells the story of protagonists who visit their mob-connected boss’ vacation home and find him dead but prop up his corpse in various scenes to hilariously convince people he is still alive while they enjoy the run of his house.
Cammack, who represents Florida’s 3rd District that includes Clay County, was elected in November. Some of her first votes in the House included voting against certifying President Biden’s victory over Donald Trump and against impeaching Trump for inciting an insurrection over that certification.
Months later, it’s the handling of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan that has her again opining against Biden belonging in the White House. The administration has faced criticism since the Taliban took over the country nearly 20 years after the U.S. invaded and deposed the Islamist state.
Last week, after 13 U.S. service members died in suicide bombings outside a Kabul airport, Cammack issued a statement saying Biden should leave office.
“Simply put, saying ‘the buck stops with me’ isn’t enough,” Cammack said. “If President Biden really believes what he says, he’ll resign immediately. Anything less is unacceptable.”
She expounded on that during her interview on Fox News. While hosts noted Harris is next in line for the presidency, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi behind her, Cammack said this isn’t about selecting a top choice for President but about accountability.
“If we continue to allow bad decisions to go unchecked then we are perpetuating a cycle where really they can get away with murder, as we have seen the bodies of our Marines coming off of planes at Dover Air Base,” she said. “That right there is a sign of just how deadly these decisions are this administration is making.”
At the same time, Cammack acknowledged the political unlikelihood of Biden resigning over Afghanistan.
“Now everyone keeps saying we’ll remove the next one, and we’ll remove the next one. Let’s be fair and let’s be real. We don’t have the votes,” she said.
But she said Biden’s mistakes have been consequential. She said her office has been working with a group trying to get out of Afghanistan, and their interpreter was murdered this weekend. That came after POLITICO reported the Biden administration gave the Taliban a list of Americans and Afghans working with the U.S. There’s no confirmation whether that was connected to any interpreter death to date, but many Republicans, including Cammack, characterized that as a “kill list.”
“These are the things this President needs to be held accountable for, and without that accountability, people start losing faith in their government,” she said. “At a time when we need to come together and really focus on getting every single American out and our allies that helped us, that accountability should be front and center when we are talking about how we are going to respond and move forward.”
Cammack is at least the third member of Florida’s delegation to call for Biden’s resignation.
Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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