Republicans have remained united in their criticism of the Biden administration’s chaotic evacuation effort in Afghanistan, but the resettlement of refugees to their homes has started to divide party members. Some have criticized Biden for abandoning American allies, while members of the GOP’s anti-immigrant wing have condemned the president for allowing what they call a threatening influx of foreigners into the United States.
Mandel, former Ohio State Treasurer and Navy veteran candidate for the US Senate in 2022, called Vindman a “liar and traitor” on social media after Vindman’s wife Rachel Vindman criticized his opposition to the resettlement of Afghan refugees.
“You’re an attention-seeking fool,” Alexander Vindman replied on Twitter. “You don’t represent Jewish values. You preach hatred for refugees, when your own ancestors came here as immigrants and refugees. Sit down and be quiet. #RefugeesWelcone. “
The exchange came after Rachel Vindman condemned Mandel for swearing to fight Afghan resettlement. “These planes are now being emptied to Cleveland, Toledo and other places in the heart of America. To protect our children, our communities and our Judeo-Christian way of life, we must FIGHT this with all our might, ”Mandel tweeted on Friday.
“To protect my child from monsters like @JoshMandelOhio and to teach him our faith and values, we welcome these refugees with all our might,” Rachel Vindman tweeted in response.
This week, former President Donald Trump, parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy and others have both sought to use refugee relocation to strengthen the right-wing anti-immigrant stance.
“We will have terrorists crossing the border,” McCarthy said during a call with a group of bipartisan members of the House, according to the New York Times.
Representative Matt Rosendale from Montana warned that Afghan refugees “may bring additional people” and “flood our country with refugees” once they complete their resettlement in America. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia asked, “Will this also lead to chain migration? “
A recent CBS poll, conducted between August 18 and 20, showed that 76% of Republican voters support the arrival of Afghan allies in the United States, while only 24% oppose it.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the United States expects to resettle more than 50,000 Afghans who were evacuated during the Taliban takeover.
News week has contacted Mandel for comment. This story will be updated with any response.