A pro-Trump political action committee (PAC) is hitting Biden hard in a new ad set to air on cable this week. Great America PAC endorsed Donald Trump in 2016 and again in 2020 but now has President Biden in its crosshairs over his devastatingly chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, even accusing him of “surrendering” to the Taliban.
According to reports from Fox News:
In the 30-second commercial, which was shared first with Fox News, Marine Corps veteran Chad Robichaux says to the camera that “the men and women I fought besides in Afghanistan, we risked our lives proudly, for freedom, for our country, ’cause we thought in the end our sacrifices could count for something.”
Robichaux, the founder and president of an organization that helps veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), then stresses that “after 20 years we’re abandoning Americans behind enemy lines. We’re begging the Taliban for mercy. We’re surrendering. What’s that count for, Mr. President?”
The political action committee tells Fox News it’s spending a modest five figures to initially run the spot, with the potential to spend more in the coming weeks. Great America PAC adds that it aims to help elect pro-Trump candidates in the 2022 midterm elections as it also tries to defeat the Biden agenda.
Biden has pointed fingers at his predecessor in the White House. The Trump administration in February of last year struck a deal with the Taliban that called for all U.S. troops to depart Afghanistan by May 2021. Trump, during his watch, reduced U.S. forces to their lowest level in Afghanistan in two decades. And last year the Afghan government released thousands of Taliban prisoners, many of whom likely once again took up arms against the U.S.-backed forces.
Great America PAC isn’t alone in blaming Biden for the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. However, the administration is working hard to deter any blame.