A group of several former U.S. Navy SEALs who are now running for U.S. Congress slammed President Joe Biden during a Fox News interview this week over the administration’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan back in August.
“If the Biden administration is so concerned about saving American lives with these mandates, these mask mandates and so on so forth, why don’t they mandate we rescue our citizens and save their lives as well over in Afghanistan?” asked Morgan Luttrell, who is running in Texas’ 8th Congressional District. “I was fortunate enough to run into an interpreter that served with us overseas for so long, in the past couple of weeks, and his family is still over there. And he pleaded with us, he begged us, he’s like, ‘Who do I need to get to help me get my family over?’ He spoke perfect English. Where’s that at?”
“All Biden has to do is say, let’s do this,” he continued. “Let’s mandate this; task Milley, task Austin, and go get our people.”
BRIAN KILMEADE, FOX NEWS HOST: Our next guests served on the front lines of the war on terror as members of the elite Navy SEAL teams and now are running for Congress. Retired Navy SEAL sniper Brady Duke is here, running for Florida’s 7th Congressional District. Retired Navy SEAL Senior Chief Derrick Van Orrden wants to represent Wisconsin’s 3rd District, he almost got it last time, he wants this time. Eli Crane joined the Navy days after 9/11 and is running in Arizona’s 1st District, very, very successful businessman. And Morgan Latrell served in multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is aiming to represent Texas’ 8th congressional district. And retired Navy SEAL and former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is running for Montana’s brand new 2nd District. They join us now to react. First off, Congressman Zinke, I’m going to start with you. How was that acceptable that Admiral Kirby, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, cannot tell us who is left behind and doesn’t seem that interested?
RYAN ZINKE, FORMER INTERIOR SECRETARY: Well, your point is excellent. And where is the congressional investigations? This is a Biden-created crisis, that we’ve left our family members, we’ve left our allies hanging in the winds, and not only has our government not been helpful of getting our people out, they have been, in many cases, the obstacles. Now, I’m contacted every day by individuals that have interpreters, family members that need to get out of that country. And in many cases, our State Department, under this administration, has not only been not helpful, they are the chief obstacle of getting our people out. We should have investigations and get to the truth about what’s going on.
KILMEADE: Eli, you know what they said, ‘Well, we offered 19 times to get them out.’ But what they say is, you can go but leave your family behind. What person is going to leave their family behind in that place, and just get on a plane by themselves? And now the administration says, well, we’ve made them an offer.
ELI CRANE, CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: You’re right … it’s just one of the many issues that are destroying this country. I think we all recognize it. That’s why you have five Navy SEALs on this screen who are all running for office because we want to serve this country again. We need your help. We need you guys to get on our websites, support us. And we also want you guys to go become precinct committee members. We also want you to run for school board. If we want a government that’s of, for, and by the people, we got to start acting like it.
KILMEADE: Enough about party and start thinking about the country. I want you to take this in, Morgan. This is the Pentagon spokesperson, Admiral Kirby, who I know is a good guy. I think he’s subjected to bad policy. This is what he actually said when it came to threats to America.
REPORTER: Which is a bigger threat, the climate or China?
JOHN KIRBY, PENTAGON SPOKESMAN: Both are equally important. Both are our challenges that the Secretary wants the senior leadership at the Pentagon to be focused on, as well as many others too.
KILMEADE: Morgan, who should we be more concerned with, the planet dropping one degree or going up one degree or China’s Navy, which has surpassed ours and the way they plowed over Hong Kong? They’re looking to take over Central and South America economically, and who knows what else. What’s a bigger threat to Morgan Latrell?
MORGAN LATRELL, CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: Obviously, China. China, I mean, the Navy is one thing, but their cybersecurity threats, they’re pumping billions of dollars into their cyber platforms, which we’re not looking at, in my opinion. I’d like to add this about the Afghanistan issue. If the Biden administration is so concerned about saving American lives with these mandates, these mask mandates and so on so forth, why don’t they mandate we rescue our citizens and save their lives as well over in Afghanistan? I was fortunate enough to run into an interpreter that served with us overseas for so long, in the past couple of weeks, and his family is still over there. And he pleaded with us, he begged us, he’s like, ‘Who do I need to get to help me get my family over?’ He spoke perfect English. Where’s that at? All Biden has to do is say, let’s do this. Let’s mandate this; task Milley, task Austin, and go get our people. It’s, if they, if they’re pumping that much, if Big Pharma is pumping that much money into the DNC that all you’re hearing on the news is about mandates and vaccines, why don’t we get some people to say the same thing about our citizens overseas and bring them home?
KILMEADE: Yeah or the allies that helped you guys for 20 years. Hey, Brady, if the president doesn’t say that, and you are Austin or Milley, how could you wear the uniform and just move on to something else? I know it’s the Commander in Chief, but at what point is the breaking point when it comes to red, white, and blue and serving a president that’s indifferent to a war he says he lost faith in?
BRADY DUKE, CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: Yeah, you know, I think it’s really sad to see the leadership at this point seeming to be careless about taking responsibility for what was a botched withdrawal. And I think withdrawal is going too far. I think it’s really just a retreat, you know, you can’t say that it’s a success when you turn your back to the enemy on the battlefield. You know, while there’s Americans that we must, we must rescue from this country. You know, I think that we have to, we have to understand that this was a failure, that this was a failure. And we cannot continue this way. It was deeply un-American.
KILMEADE: It’s not fair to you guys, you deserve better. …
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