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This Trump-Backing Congressman Has a History With the Bidens

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Brian Mast, a third-term congressman from southeastern Florida, has had a lot to say about Joe Biden as of late. “President Biden has abandoned the Afghan men and women who risked their lives for our war, and rather than execute any sort of plan that protects our interests and our allies, he’s spending all of his time assigning blame to everyone but himself,” he said in a statement distributed by his office in the middle of last month. Mast, who is 41, went on to explain that around the time he lost his legs to a bomb in Kandahar 11 years ago, his team included an Afghan interpreter. Now, he said, “because of President Biden’s failures, it is a very real possibility that the next time I turn on the news” he’ll see the interpreter being beheaded. Mast, a Donald Trump ally who’s sought to cast doubt on the idea that the January 6 rioters were inspired by the then-president, went further in a fundraising note to supporters three weeks later. “Joe Biden’s words are as hollow as his head and his heart,” he declared.

The congressman’s line of criticism, though particularly serrated, was squarely in line with the loudest faction of his party, and so it earned little extra attention amid the national uproar over the chaotic American withdrawal from Afghanistan, even as the RNC tried amplifying his message alongside other veteran representatives’ in email blasts. One thing that especially distinguishes Mast, however, is his little-remembered and almost-never-mentioned connection to Jill Biden, the First Lady.

Two months after Mast was injured, as he was recovering at Walter Reed, Jill Biden invited him and his wife, Brianna, to a Thanksgiving dinner she and the then-vice-president were throwing at the Naval Observatory. The Second Lady had connected with Brianna Mast........

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