YORK, Pa. — Billboards showing President Joe Biden "Making the Taliban Great Again" recently popped up in Pennsylvania and a former senator is staking claim for them .
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Wagner watched the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the chaos it wrought, he wondered, “What do you say to (those veterans)?”
He said he wanted to do something to speak out. Those who are acquainted with Wagner, a one-term Republican state senator and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate, know that he is not shy about expressing his views in a provocative manner.
He met veterans who had sacrificed their bodies for the cause, wounded both physically and mentally, losing limbs and their psyches in the course of their service.
So he took to the highways and byways of central Pennsylvania, renting out a dozen billboards at a cost of about $15,000. Former Republican State Sen. Scott Wagner rented out this billboard to express his displeasure with the Biden Administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The billboards depict President Joe Biden dressed in Taliban garb and holding a rocket-propelled grenade, and they bear the phrase, “Making the Taliban Great Again!” The phrase, of course, apes former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan and rallying cry for his supporters, “Make America Great Again!”
The billboards have attracted a lot of attention on social media and from passersby, with mixed reactions. Those who support Biden believe the billboards are disrespectful and crude. Those who don’t, well, don’t.
Wagner said he felt the need to express his opinion because the pullout in Afghanistan, and the ensuing chaos as the government collapsed with astonishing speed, “is an absolute mess and a tragedy.” Republican challenger for governor and former state Sen. Scott Wagner gives his closing remarks following a debate against Gov. Tom Wolf at Hershey Lodge on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Afghans who worked with Americans, and some American citizens, were left behind as the Taliban reasserted power and took over the country with minimal opposition from the government. And, Wagner pointed out, a whole generation of Afghans grew up in a country where they were afforded some measure of freedom and fear that the Taliban will return to its oppressive style of governance — a fear particularly felt by girls and women, whose rights were trampled under former Taliban rule.