Students from George Mason University who said they backed President Joe Biden have voiced their disappointment with the administration’s recent missteps and blatant failures, including the debacle in Afghanistan, mounting inflation, as well as the escalating immigration problem at the southern border that the administration is yet to address.
Campus Reform took to the George Mason University Campus to interview students who voted for or supported Biden about his performance over seven months into his presidency.
“Botched Afghanistan withdrawal”
According to Addison Smith, a reporter for Campus Reform, several students admitted that the Afghanistan withdrawal was botched, even if they supported leaving Afghanistan.
“It’s been a bit of a disaster,” one Biden supporter said, while another expressed disappointment that the US just left billions worth of taxpayer-funded military equipment in the hands of the Taliban.
“Basically, 20 years of work was just erased really quickly,” the student said, adding that “some steps could have been taken by [Biden] to stop it.”
Students who supported Biden also blamed him for the rising inflation and gas prices in the country — which is in contrast to what he promised.
“If you’re looking at the straight facts, it’s apparent that he’s not [building back better],” one student said. “If he’s [building back better] the gas prices are still high,” another student questioned. “They’re still high.”
Numerous students interviewed also identified the ongoing immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border and the failed Afghanistan pullout of troops as among the “weak spots” of the Biden administration.
One student said managing these issues could have been “better.”
“I feel like those are his two main weaknesses: Afghanistan and the border,” the student told the Campus Reform reporter.
Due to these issues, some students said they would opt not to vote for Biden if he were to run again in 2024 despite supporting him in the 2020 election.
“Id’ like to see who else is running,” one student said. Another said, “As of right now, no [I would not vote for Biden again].”
Some students also admitted that things are now worse “or at least not better” since the Biden administration compared to the former administration of former President Donald Trump.
Biden losing support from independents
But Biden is also losing support from independents according to reports, citing various polls recently.
The Hill reported that results from a Reuters/Ipsos survey on Friday found “independents are evenly split in their views of Biden’s job performance, with 46% approving and 46% disapproving” of his performance.
The publication noted that this represents a “marked difference from June, when 52% of independents gave Biden positive reviews for his performance in the White House, while 38% disapproved.”
“The drop in approval among a key voting bloc comes amid a new surge in COVID-19 infections driven by the highly contagious delta variant. At the same time, Biden and his administration have faced blowback over the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan,” it said.
Other polls also found a majority of Americans saying Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal has gone ‘badly.’ Most Americans also think the Democratic president is to blame for the Afghanistan fallout and not former President Trump.
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) August 19, 2021
Aside from Biden, his vice president, Kamala Harris is also viewed as “not qualified” to be president by the majority of Americans.