Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson (R) published a video to Twitter on Monday excoriating the Biden administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Jackson said he has constituents “trapped in Afghanistan” who are receiving no help from the Biden State Department, despite numerous dangerous stops at the Kabul airport. He also slammed Pelosi for her inaction in seeking answers to the disastrous withdrawal.
“I’m here at the Capitol because there’s a crisis going on,” Jackson captioned the video. “WHERE is Nancy Pelosi? Americans are still TRAPPED in Afghanistan, including #TX13 constituents. The State Department isn’t helping them get out and the Taliban has threatened them. SERIOUS work needs to get done! Now!”
Standing outside the U.S. Capitol, Jackson started the video by noting that “every member of Congress” needs to be at the Capitol during this “time of crisis.”
“I ask Nancy Pelosi, please reconvene Congress, get us back here. We need information about what’s going on in Afghanistan. … Congress needs to be involved in what’s happening. We already have 13 U.S. service members killed, there are others that are in harm’s way, right now.”
“I have American citizens, U.S. Citizens from my district, who are stuck in Kabul, right now,” Jackson continued. “They have tried numerous times to make it through the checkpoints and get to the gate. They’ve been at the airport, and the United States State Department has done absolutely nothing, nothing, to help them.”
The Republican representative said his constituents tried one more time this morning to be evacuated. When they went to the airport, he said, the mother had a gun placed to her head by the Taliban, and her 15-year-old son was beaten before they were turned away and told to never come back at threat of death. The Taliban did not care that they were Americans.
“We have to put this to a stop. We have to do something about this crisis and we have to do it, now,” Jackson closed the video, imploring Pelosi once again to reconvene Congress.
I’m here at the Capitol because there’s a crisis going on. WHERE is Nancy Pelosi? Americans are still TRAPPED in Afghanistan, including #TX13 constituents. The State Department isn’t helping them get out and the Taliban has threatened them. SERIOUS work needs to get done! Now! pic.twitter.com/fSWTMtiijL
— Ronny Jackson (@RepRonnyJackson) August 30, 2021
Jackson echoed the same concerns via Twitter on Saturday.
“I am furious!! My team has been on the phone all day trying to get AMERICAN CITIZENS out. They have been just outside the airport numerous times, but the State Department WILL NOT help them,” Jackson said. “They have been beaten by the Taliban at check points and told to leave and come back with large sums of money. Biden is going to get them killed! Enough!! We have put someone who gives a damn in charge RIGHT NOW!”
They have been beaten by the Taliban at check points and told to leave and come back with large sums of money. Biden is going to get them killed! Enough!! We have put someone who gives a damn in charge RIGHT NOW!
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) August 29, 2021
As highlighted by The Daily Wire on Saturday, other lawmakers and journalists had the same complaints about the Biden administration.
CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, for example, said via Twitter: “Talking to a woman, a US citizen, who worked as a translator for the US for more than ten years, who was not able to get into the Kabul airport yet again today. She will try again tomorrow but is completely terrified.”
Related: U.S. Lawmakers: Biden Not Helping Americans Trapped Outside Kabul Airport Gates Get Inside