President Joe Biden's administration is facing widespread criticism for what both sides of the aisle have criticized as a botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan to end America's longest war.
Thousands have gathered at the Kabul International Airport in an effort to escape after the fundamentalist Taliban regime retook Afghanistan. The White House is continuing the process of evacuating Americans and Afghan allies, with over 100 thousand already brought to safety.
The chaos reached a devastating crescendo on Thursday when a terrorist's bomb detonated near the airport, killing over 100 Afghans and at least 13 U.S. service members. State Department officials have surmised that another attack is likely.
Former President Donald Trump seized on the debacle, doing an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, where he bragged about his administration's foreign policy record. He also appeared to dismiss the carnage of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in a mission ordered by former President Barack Obama in 2011 for orchestrating the catastrophic September 11 attacks.
In a familiar effort to dismiss the achievements of former President Barack Obama, Trump claimed the enemies killed under his administration's watch, such as Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, were by far more influential than the killing of Osama bin Laden, who killed more than two thousand Americans in multiple attacks on American soil over the course of a single day.
Trump told Hewitt:
"Now just so you understand, Soleimani is bigger by many, many times than Osama bin Laden. The founder of ISIS is bigger by many, many times, al-Baghdadi, than Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden had one hit, and it was a bad one, in New York City, the World Trade Center. But these other two guys were monsters. They were monsters."
It sure sounded like Trump was claiming bin Laden was bad, but not a "monster" because he only launched one attack.
As MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan points out, this is false.
People weren't on board with Trump's characterization.
Some noted a double standard at play.
On the day of the September 11 attacks, Trump noted that—with the Twin Towers having fallen—his building was now the tallest in New York.