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Letter: Democrats are speaking up

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In response to “Where’s the left’s outrage?” (Our Readers’ Views, Sept. 8): The author of that piece claimed the Democratic Party’s silence on the disaster in Afghanistan was “deafening,” and then proceeded to conclude that the party had begun to worship “dedication to party above all else.” I sincerely disagree and invite readers to consider the following:

Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., wrote to President Joe Biden affirming Washington’s commitment to resettle Afghan refugees. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, called it a humanitarian crisis. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, called for hearings about why the U.S. wasn’t better prepared for a worst-case scenario. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D, Ariz., a former Iraq-deployed Marine who is concerned about red tape slowing the evacuation of refugees, exclaimed, “Just put them on the f—— planes and get them out of there!” He did not censor his remarks.

A recent Pew poll showed that 55 percent of Democrats disapproved of Biden’s performance concerning Afghanistan, and on Aug. 30 his overall approval/disapproval rating was negative for the first time.

If some of The Columbian’s readers only hear silence from Democrats, then maybe they need to get their ears checked.

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