Joe Biden Falls Out of Favor After Botched Afghan Evacuation

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Joe Biden Falls Out of Favor After Botched Afghan Evacuation
U.S. President Joe Biden pauses during a speech at the White House on August 18, 2021. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images/AFP

Joe Biden’s odds to win the 2024 US Presidential race lengthen across multiple top-rated sportsbooks on the heels of America’s highly criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan. Although he remains the top bet, for the time being, a slight shift in the politics odds has definitely occurred and that can’t be overlooked. How serious this shift is? Only time will tell.

Joe Biden is facing his toughest challenge yet, as the nation’s commander in chief, since taking office in January. And if this week’s polls were any indication, he’s in for a rough ride in the foreseeable as he fields mounting questions about his administration’s haphazard handling of the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan.

This paved the way for the Taliban to take over Kabul in less than a fortnight. The stunning collapse of Afghanistan was watched in horror around the world, as it descended into complete and utter chaos that left those watching aghast.

A Taliban fighter stands guard outside the Interior Ministry in Kabul on August 17, 2021. Photo by Javed Tanveer / AFP

Feelings ranged from trepidation, concern and sadness to downright anger and outrage. After twenty years of fighting, countless American lives – as well as allied forces’ lives – lost in the fighting as well as the billions of dollars invested, into both the war and subsequent nation-building attempts, were all rendered moot.

Everything was dismissed, in the blink of an eye, when the Taliban swooped in without resistance, challenge or reservation during their takeover.

The final straw came with images of Taliban forces ensconced within the confines of the presidential palace and sat pretty around a desk in the presidential office. The fact that this happened under Biden’s watch is something his detractors have latched on to with undisguised vigor. In no uncertain terms, it was an unmitigated disaster that provided poor optics for the administration. It also damages America’s reputation as a world leader.

Republicans have reunited in their criticism of Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan crisis, while former president Donald Trump has gone so far as to suggest he should hand in his “resign in disgrace.”

“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” the former president wrote in a statement.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo chimed in too, telling Fox News the situation would not have happened if Trump were still in office. As per BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review), odds for Biden to complete his first term in office are set to -180.

Will Biden Complete Full First Term?

  • Yes -180
  • No +140

Given the tense climate, it’s not surprising to see Biden’s approval ratings dropping. However, the 7% hit this week represents his biggest hit thus far, plunging his approval rating to a new nadir barely seventh months into his presidency, According to a Reuters/Ipsos survey conducted Monday, only 46 percent of Americans approved of Biden’s performance – which is the lowest since he started his presidency in January.

As per BetOnline, odds for Joe Biden Approval Rating:

  • Over 47½ % -120
  • Under 47½ % -120

As things currently stand, Joe Biden leads the race in the 2024 US Presidential elections with Kamala Harris coming up as the second-best bet. Former President Donald Trump, in the meanwhile, is a close third-best bet.

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