New York, Pa. – Billboards showing President Joe Biden “Making the Taliban Great Again” recently appeared in Pennsylvania and A former senator is claiming for them.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Wagner watched the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the chaos it caused, wondered, “What do you say to (those veterans)?”
He said he wanted to do something so to speak. Those familiar with Wagner, a one-time Republican state senator and failed gubernatorial candidate, know that he doesn’t shy away from expressing his views in a provocative way.
He met veterans who had sacrificed their bodies for the purpose, were injured both physically and mentally, having lost limbs and their psyche during their service.
So he took to the highways and subways of central Pennsylvania, renting a dozen billboards at a cost of about $15,000.
Billboards show President Joe Biden in a Taliban costume and holding a rocket-propelled grenade, and on them is the phrase, “Making the Taliban great again!” The phrase is, of course, the campaign slogan of former President Donald Trump and the rallying slogan for his supporters, “Make America great again!”
With mixed reactions, the hoarding has garnered a lot of attention from social media and passersby. Those supporting Biden believe the billboards to be derogatory and crude. Those who don’t, well, no.
Wagner said he felt the need to express his opinion because the pullout in Afghanistan, and the ensuing chaos as the government fell at astonishing speed, is “an absolute mess and a tragedy.”
Afghans working alongside Americans and some American citizens were left behind as the Taliban seized power and took over the country with minimal opposition to the government. And, Wagner pointed out, an entire generation of Afghans grew up in a country where they had some degree of freedom and fear that the Taliban would revert to their repressive style of rule—a fear felt especially by girls and women. Those whose rights were trampled upon under the former Taliban regime.
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And a “great mess,” Wagner said, has America leaving behind large stockpiles of aircraft, vehicles and weapons, ammunition and explosives. “I was watching an evening news program one night and saw the Taliban in a US personnel carrier,” he said.
“It’s like Vietnam, even worse,” he said.
He blamed Biden for the chaos, saying the return was poorly planned. Had it been up to him, Wagner said he would have maintained a military presence in Afghanistan. He said Trump decided to leave, but Biden, once things started going bad, could change course – Wagner says it’s a matter of “leadership” when things go awry.
“If Trump had done the same thing,” he said, “he would be looking the same way.”
Brian Scott, vice president of Tron Outdoor Advertising, who owns the billboards, said the company is not responsible for the content of provocative ads. As long as the ads meet certain standards of decency, he said, “if someone wants us to put something up, we keep it.”
He said, ‘We try to be in the middle. …If anyone wants to put up a billboard praising Joe Biden, we’ll do that.
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