July 8th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
5 months ago

Palin calls for Obama's impeachment over border crisis

(CNN) – Sarah Palin said President Barack Obama's inaction over the escalating crisis on the southern border is grounds for impeachment.

The Republican firebrand wrote in a an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative website Breitbart that "(Obama's) unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.'"

Calls for impeachment are coming from the President's harshest critics on the right and have intensified over the new immigration crisis. However, such a step is far-fetched, especially with Democrats currently in control of the Senate.

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In the blistering op-ed, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee accuses Obama of intentionally allowing immigrants into the United States, hampering American job opportunities.

"President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here," she wrote.

"It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment."

Asked Wednesday about Palin’s comments, House Speaker John Boehner simply said, “I disagree.”

Pressed about others in his own House Republican conference that support impeachment, Boehner repeated, “I disagree.”

Republican opposition flares

Palin, who still remains popular and influential with tea party activists and others on the right,  is hardly the first conservative to accuse the President of unlawful activity.

But her pointed call for Obama’s impeachment adds a high-profile voice to the crowd of Republicans pushing for congressional action over what they view as an overreach of executive authority.

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Mike Huckabee also leveled heavy criticism at the commander in chief as a wave of illegal immigrants overwhelm federal facilities along the southern border.

In a statement Tuesday as Obama headed to Texas for a Democratic fundraising event, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate – who's mulling another bid in 2016 – slammed the President for not planning to visit the border during his trip to the Lone Star state.

"While tens of thousands of illegal immigrants storm across the border, the President is jetting off to Texas - but not to see first-hand the mess his policies have created, but to attend high-dollar dinners with the 'swells' and extract as much money as he can from some people who got rich on the very oil he despises," Huckabee said.

Huckabee did not call for Obama’s impeachment over the border crisis but has predicted in the past that Obama would be ousted from office because of the 2012 attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

Political tensions in Texas

Palin and Huckabee's sharp language comes as Obama requested nearly $4 billion in emergency funds from Congress to better respond to the influx of immigrants illegally crossing the border into Texas.

The state's governor Rick Perry, who ran for president in 2012 and is considering launching another bid in 2016, refused to greet the President at the airport and instead called for a meeting to discuss the immigration crisis.

Perry later accepted the White House's invitation for the Republican governor to meet with Obama in Dallas.

Republicans and even some Democrats contend Obama isn't doing enough to quell a surge of undocumented immigrants from Central America.

Critics say the administration invited the problem by halting deportations of some young immigrants who came to the country illegally in past years.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Tom Cohen, and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2014 • Immigration • Mike Huckabee • President Obama • Sarah Palin • Texas
soundoff (446 Responses)
  1. Darrell

    Is that when you spread peach jelly on your toast?

    July 8, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Jason

    She got to be an expert on this......she can see Mexico from her front porch.

    July 8, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. McBob79

    Dang she looks good

    July 8, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. grafixer

    Palin??? She's an irrelevant quitter that has done nothing but trump up emotional extremism amongst the most ignorant in America. If I didn't think it would cause more deaths of wolves – being shot from an airplane – I'd tell her to "go fish". She's an embarrassment to any Republican with a brain, and fodder for jokes from the Dems.

    July 8, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. John Li

    Sarah Palin was the only one who predicted Russia will attack Ukraine, and yet she gets no credit but ridicule because she is female. And no doubt we will see the same thing her regardless of what she says.

    July 8, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Rlg

    Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth, she makes no sense.

    July 8, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Tired of idiots

    Why won't she simply disappear? There are maybe 4% of citizens of the USA that think she is brilliant compared to the maybe 90% that think she is a dullard (the missing 6% have simply given up ridiculing her).

    July 8, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Madtown

    Palin is essentially the US National Court Jester. She's good for a laugh, nothing more and certainly nothing serious.

    July 8, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. impeach palin

    Can someone please impeach Palin from the United States?

    July 8, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Ed F.

    Didn't she quit her job as gov half way through?

    July 8, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Brent, Nashville

    Only idiots care what Sarah Palin thinks. Thank you CNN for giving her a platform. Idiots.

    July 8, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. notnecessary

    I disagrees with Palin over impeaching Obama. Deportation would be a better word.

    July 8, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Unbelievable

    Just leaving a comment – did not bother to read the article.

    July 8, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. tom

    John McCain should issue a public apology to every American for unleashing this horrible woman on the public.

    July 8, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Laurel Mae, PDX

    Oh keep it up Sara, so we will always be reminded of the pandering the Repubs tried to win an election with. Got a any other theories? Please continue! We want to know what you really think!

    July 8, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Wendell

    Shame on CNN for feeding this creature, who is only famous for saying outrageous things and...for quitting. Shame, shame and more shame.

    July 8, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. BriteBlonde1

    My god...STOP giving her attention. Nobody gives a rats patoot what she says/thinks/does....NOBODY

    July 8, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. mim

    Ya know, just go home already! Get over the fact that there is a man of partial color in the White House. Yes, for those of you that think he is black, he is only half. And that dear people also makes him HALF WHITE.

    July 8, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Frank Hudson

    Here we go again. Someone just gave her a chance to get her 15 minutes of fame. Thought she has learned her lesson.

    July 8, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Moderate Sean

    Seeing her constant snarky articles and spewing such hatred on CNN's blog gives me the impression that somehow I am now living in the movie "Groundhog's Day" daily plot line! Enough already....

    July 8, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Ryan Z

    Holy crap....not this dingbat woman again!! On the other hand, she does a great job showing what the GOP is made of. Air for brains!

    July 8, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Rusty Krus

    "(Obama's) unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.'"

    What was your battered husband's reason for leaving you Sarah?

    July 8, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. dragnet767

    Yes all you righties take advice from the half Governor who couldn't find her way out of an open paper bag. lol. Go for it because Mrs. Irrelevant knows NOTHING about most everything.

    July 8, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. tahitiandancer

    Palin is no Tina Faye.

    July 8, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Zingo

    "Impeachment"

    That's a lot of syllables for Sarah. Her handlers must have spent months teaching her that.

    July 8, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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