July 8th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
1 month 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. Calikat

    CNN I beg you to please stop mentioning that annoying woman anywhere on your website.

    July 8, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Tuckersdad

    Some people get a free ride from the headline hungry press by learning how to make headlines. It beats doing research for a real story.

    July 8, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Rockymtnhi

    and PALIN represents EXACTLY true, stupid conservative views!! Just ask her, come on. There is no where else she belongs than with you all on the right. look in the mirror for GOD SAKE!

    July 8, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Kate

    Does this woman not realize what a joke she is? Why the media gives her the time of day is beyond me.

    July 8, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. WhereIsPalin

    Sarah Palin...........the human syrup of ipecac

    July 8, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Timekeeper

    Someone need to give her a big hug and tell her that it is alright to be a has been. Oh wait sher never was a been.

    July 8, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Eric

    Who listens to her? I hear Charlie Browns teacher!

    July 8, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Allen

    Wonder what Mel Tillis thinks? Or Kim Kardashian? Their opinions are as relevant to the evaluation of a president as hers. While I think Obama's (who I voted for in 08) has been an even worse president than W, I have no idea why CNN (or anybody for that matter) thinks this person's opinion matters here. Moose hunting or Alaskan politics maybe. National? What was Senator McCain thinking?

    July 8, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Joanie768

    Well of course she would....she is STUPID as they come. ...now you see why she was not voted into office...WHY CNN talks about her in any way shape or form is beyond me...they are just lowering themselves to the lowest level of being a news channel....Come on guys....WE don't care what Pailin says or thinks....stop reporting about her..she is a has been...

    July 8, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    How many of you lemmings voted for this dope? Probably the same lemmings who voted for Bush!

    July 8, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Wadsworth

    Now....bring out the Fox News "educated" Republican spokespersons, and see why the center and independent flock to the Democrats side. They are too stupid to realize they just shoot themselves in the foot. AND.... it's setting up nicely again for the mid-term elections... the Republicans think the country is behind people like Palin.. LOL... ready to get surprised again. LOL

    July 8, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Sam

    She's right and she is HOT!

    July 8, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. jquest

    Could Brietbart.com descend any farther into irrelevancy than by publishing Palin?!?

    July 8, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Jim C

    She needs to dry up and fly away. CNN needs to start acting like a real news agency instead of a fox clown.

    July 8, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Ophelia from Maryland

    Should we Impeach YOU for being STUDIP!!! and your brother John Boehner!!!!!

    July 8, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. GetReal

    Agreed. If anyone cared about what she thought, she'd be Vice President right now.

    July 8, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Shakalaka

    Who's Palin again?

    July 8, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. nobama

    so..... benghazi, nsa, va, releasing terrorists from jail, negotiating with terrorists, aca, and abusing executive overrides and breaking his own laws is not grounds enough for impeachment? im democrat and im sorry, but this clown has got to go, should have gone years ago. his terms as dictator has been a sham and nothing but scandals. bill clinton gets impeached for an affair and hes still president? makes no sense to me. this isnt a black issue either my heart breaks for the fact the first black president goes down as worse than jimmy carter (PRETTY BAD!). hope there is one who comes into office and makes all others look like a joke. im sorry but hes got to go..

    July 8, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Clyde

    Suicide is the best thing Palin could do for the United States!

    July 8, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. mr-rob

    This all coming from the woman who quit her job as governor to pursue a job at Fox News. What a gem.

    July 8, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. CAW

    Sigh....why is this woman still news?

    July 8, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. NealR2000

    Okay, so you put these Palin stories up to give the appearance of being balanced. She is not in the least bit representative of Republican views and all it does is convince Democrats that Republicans are idiots.

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Smarter than ewe

    Heh heh isn't she a peach?

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. dy

    OMG!! wake up lefties. This country is going to He__. Open your eyes. Worst Pres EVER.

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. tinykhan

    "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."

    Can we then impeach the republican controlled House for not allowing a vote on the Immigration Reform bill that a bipartisan group of Senators put together and passed?

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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