- Since the Taliban occupied Kabul, the Democrats and Republicans have criticized the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
- But prominent progressive lawmakers avoided criticizing President Joe Biden this week.
- The crisis in Afghanistan may pose a test for the Democratic Party in the 2022 midterm elections.
It has been a week since the Taliban occupied Kabul, which triggered the downfall of the US-backed Afghan government, forced the chaotic and continuous evacuation of US and Afghan refugees, and heightened concerns about the country’s future.
The rapid turmoil caused repercussions in Congress, and Republicans and Democrats criticized the actions of the United States.Democratic Party Leadership Committee Request investigation Biden withdrew.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requested White House briefing On the plan to ensure that Americans leave the country safely.
However as The tragic scene in Kabul Leading national news this week, Progressive lawmakers known for criticizing both sides and often exposing human rights violations quickly have largely remained silent and avoided criticizing Biden.
So far, some well-known progressives have limited their public responses to one tweet. Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) often uses Twitter to raise awareness of the problem with her 12.7 million followers and fight back against other politicians. She became the second Taliban in Kabul. Tian wrote an article about this situation.
“For all those who have lost their lives, sacrificed, suffered, and served in the wars and occupations of the past 20 years, the United States shoulders the unique responsibility of providing a safe haven for the Afghan people,” she said. wrote.
Ocasio-Cortez Previously characterized The US war in Afghanistan was a “mistake”, but Biden’s handling of the US withdrawal was not scrutinized.
Instigators in New York usually don’t shy away from criticizing her party members: In May, Ocasio-Cortez stood up against Biden’s reaction to the violence in Gaza. Claim his words “Dehumanizing the Palestinians and implying that the United States will take a different look at human rights violations.”
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont Support the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. He posted a post on impact last Sunday Twitter, Wrote: “After 20 years of American efforts…Afghanistan has left behind a corrupt government and an ineffective army. At this moment, we must do everything we can to evacuate our allies and open the door to refugees. .”
Sanders has become a close ally of Biden and has also avoided criticism of the president.
Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri used Her activist background drives her agenda, Also mentioned Afghanistan in a tweet on Sunday, but did not mention Biden.
-Corey Bush (@CoriBush) August 15, 2021
Recently, Bush Meditation on the steps of the Capitol Increase pressure on the Biden administration to extend the federal deportation ban.
Ocasio-Cortez, Bush and Sanders did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Afghanistan may deal a major blow to Biden and the Democrats, who hope to maintain the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and Senate in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.
A sort of CBS Poll It was discovered on Sunday that most Americans supported Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan, but said that the U.S. military’s retreat was poorly done. Approximately 53% of respondents did not approve of Biden’s handling of withdrawal.
Since the new Taliban government has brought an uncertain future to the Afghans, there is also a lack of resistance from progressives.Militant groups have Try to show a moderate stance, Claiming that they will not impose strict restrictions as they did from 1996 to 2001, such as prohibiting women from receiving education.But history provides reasons to remain skeptical, and Taliban forces have Already started As of last Sunday assaults on Afghans.