During his 90-minute speech in Alabama on Saturday night, former president Donald Trump praised the Taliban and talked up his relationship with them at the same time that President Joe Biden is attempting to conduct the evacuation of Americans out of Afghanistan.
Using the chaos in Afghanistan as a springboard to criticize Biden, the former president called the Taliban "great negotiators" and "tough fighters" before adding, "...with me in office the Taliban would not have ever dreamt of capturing our airfield or parading around with our American weapons."
Critics of Trump were quick to note that his negotiations with the Taliban led to the release of 5,000 of their members which has contributed to the turmoil in the country as the U.S military leaves after a fruitless twenty-year war.
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@Acyn The Taliban were so good, Trump was forced to free 5000 of their fighters and threw in the release of their l… https://t.co/K6wa7tKA1g— Captain Obvious (@Captain Obvious) 1629595012.0
@Acyn Tough negotiators: Withdraw US troops TFG: ok TN's: Release 5000 prisoners, including our leaders TFG: ok TN'… https://t.co/mxZ9BXjhdF— Steve Evans, Still Deaf, Still not Dumb (@Steve Evans, Still Deaf, Still not Dumb) 1629596401.0
@Acyn “Meet the next leader of Afghanistan: Abdul Ghani Baradar is veteran resistance fighter who saw off the Russi… https://t.co/hGsb4Yl0Wq— Luke Zaleski (@Luke Zaleski) 1629629749.0
@Acyn i love how he always compliments our enemies and acts like he wasn't president for 4 years— Dad Jokes Panda (@Dad Jokes Panda) 1629595113.0
@Acyn He loves the Taliban. He has “very good relationship” with the leader https://t.co/VgLCFN9dXq— Republicans against Trumpism (@Republicans against Trumpism) 1629599933.0
@Acyn Trump's campaigning tonight for Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.— chulesee (@chulesee) 1629595157.0
@Acyn 2448 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan and #trump praises the Taliban. And @gop flunkies love it. #bonespurs— John Whistler (@John Whistler) 1629623005.0