Rick Scott suggests imperiled Afghan interpreters just ‘walk across’ Mexican border
Rick Scott at CPAC. Image via AP.

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Scott managed to ding the Biden administration on Afghanistan and Mexico policy, with an odd suggestion.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott weighed in on the situation facing roughly 20,000 Afghan interpreters waiting for special visas from the Joe Biden administration, contrasting their tough evacuation with the ease of crossing the southern border, and offering a novel solution.

“If they could get to Mexico, they can just walk across the border. What they ought to do is they oughta take the planes and bring them instead of, you know, close to D.C. where they’re bringing them in, they (could) take them to Mexico and let them walk across the border,” Scott suggested Tuesday, in the midst of what turned out to be an extended exchange about the plight of these longtime American assets turned Taliban targets.

“That would be more humanitarian than the way they’re doing it,” Scott added. “What they’re doing right now, the individuals who helped us in Afghanistan are getting slaughtered by the Taliban. Biden doesn’t care.”

While Scott may have been taking poetic license, the interview continued in this vein, with Scott pressed on why the Republican Party doesn’t get jets and fly these interpreters to Mexico to cross the border illegally.

“The problem that Republicans have is we comply with the law,” Scott said. “Republicans are always going to comply with the law.”

Scott walked a fine line rhetorically, managing to get to the right and the left of the Biden administration almost in the same breath. Scott said the Biden administration “walked out of Afghanistan,” but then as if mindful of the anti-interventionist wing of his party, offered a qualifier.

“None of us want to be in a forever war,” Scott said of the conflict launched 20 years ago, “but you take care of your friends.”

Scott made the comments on Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show Tuesday, where he was interviewed by guest host Mary Walter.

Other Florida lawmakers, notably U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, have spotlighted the urgency of this issue this summer.

“Blood will be on his hands,” Waltz said of Biden, if these valuable American allies are abandoned in the wake of the American departure.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Karellen

    August 3, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Sick Rick is correct, “Republicans are always going to comply with the law”.
    Except perhaps when it comes to bilking Medicare for more than 1/2 a billion.
    Obviously you can’t count trying to overturn a legitimate election.
    Everyone knows the Christo-Fascist Insurrection was carried out by Democrats carrying trump flags.
    Does this clown even listen to what he regurgitates from his spew hole?

  • Tjb

    August 3, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Flippant remark from Scott. Wonder if future foreign folks will be open to helping American interest when a major Republican leader makes light of their situation of facing death.

    • just sayin

      August 4, 2021 at 9:31 am

      You’re arguing that the interpreters care more about a flippant remark by a junior senator than the Biden administration slow-walking their entry into the country. Really, get some perspective.

      • Tjb

        August 5, 2021 at 4:57 pm

        What is Scott doing to help these folks? He is an influential voice in the Republican Party. Biden may be slow walking but Scott is only making flippant remarks.

  • JoAnne

    August 16, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Dislike Scott but for once he got it right.

  • Ron Ogden

    August 16, 2021 at 9:59 am

    “That would be more humanitarian than the way they’re doing it,” Scott added. “What they’re doing right now, the individuals who helped us in Afghanistan are getting slaughtered by the Taliban. Biden doesn’t care.”

    Looks like Rick Scott was right. They get beheaded if they stay, and they fall off the sides of cargo jets if they try to leave. Biden sits at an empty table and wonders. . .what’s for lunch.

    There is not a Democrat, whether in the media or otherwise, who is not complicit in this historic disaster. You knew you couldn’t push a leftwinger like Bernie through the process so you settled on the least capable person in your entire tribe–except for one and you made her vice president to satisfy your gender politics. This is on you Charlie Crist, on you Andrew Warren, on you Rick Kriseman, on you Jane Castor, on you Nikki Fried. Not one of you can shrug of the blame for this. I hope you see that tape of those desperate men falling to the deaths from the side of an American cargo plane in your dreams

    • Tjb

      August 16, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      I agree much more could have been done by the Biden Administration not to abandon many of our closest allies that supported our troops. But Scott’s odd suggestion is insensitive and tasteless. Again, Ron, you are correct about much more should have been done, but to put the blame on the Democratic mentioned in the article or all Democratic’s is only playing a baseless blame game. The Allies Act of 2021 was voted “yes “ by all Democratic, the only 16 “no” votes were from Republican legislators. Should those 16 votes represent the Republican Party not wanting to help our Afghanistan allies?

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