July 8th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
8 years 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.'"

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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. Millie

    Sara Palin needs less media coverage @ more time on the tundra alone.

    July 8, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Gary

    Once again, I am thanking God this ignorant women never became within a heartbeat of the presidency.

    July 8, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. ProudDem

    Good grief....this woman needs attention like a crack addict needs his fix.

    July 8, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. greg mccray

    Being President while black is an impeachable offence?

    July 8, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Virginia

    This coming from someone who didn't even fulfill her term as governor of Alaska. No one cares what YOU think or want. You give women a bad name.

    July 8, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    This isn't news or new. It feels like Palin has been calling for removing Obama from office since the day he was sworn in.

    July 8, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Why is it you think anything she say is important?

    July 8, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    She would have fit in just right in16th Century Salem, Mass. "Let's Burn A few Witches"!!!

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

    Brass tacks: What Teatrolls really want is to impeach reality.

    The fact is, the "browning" of the nation is the sand on which they've built their castle of reactionary tantrums. In a sort of Freudian, subconsciously symbolic way, the radicalized conservative lunatic fringe who thinks Obama has done anything impeachable perceive impeaching and destroying him as a way of allegorically achieving victory over the nation's ongoing demographic shifts, not to mention the means of mastering their race-resentment-fueled white fright.

    July 8, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. MaryM

    For Christ sake CNN, will you Please stop giving that harpy Palin a platform to spew her vile garbage.

    Just so you know repubs, she does not help your party one bit. And she constantly reminds McCain of his horrible choice!!

    July 8, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Bill from GA

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

    I like the word ' foundational ' here. They've really worn out the word ' fundamental' lately. It's good to add a little variety to their right-wing nonsense.

    July 8, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    I think we need to send this wicked lady to a strong psychiatrist. In fact pres. Obama is doing great job. We need to impeach all congress guys.

    July 8, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Finding common ground and a compromise on immigration reform is difficult enough without Palin inflamming the passions of the extreme right.

    July 8, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. kool aid man

    Fix it Obama, with no help or money if course, we don't really care, we just love throwing out accusations, and watch our clueless followers eat it like candy, sad, really is.

    July 8, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    [Flame ON]
    If the Tea Party voted to fund their [deleted] wall, then it might actually get finished.
    [Flame OFF]

    July 8, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Rudy NYC says:
    July 8, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm
    This isn’t news or new. It feels like Palin has been calling for removing Obama from office since the day he was sworn in.

    Exactly. It reminds me of something I read less than a week after President Obama took office. Someone was complaining that he was doing a horrible job and that he was in over his head. And the MSM has parroted it ever since. How do you judge a person within a week of them taking office? That's when my eyes really opened. 😳

    July 8, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. dick cheney, puppet master

    Sarah, where are his impeachable offenses? Hanging out with the ACA death panels?

    July 8, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thanks for reminding us why we should never, ever vote Republican.

    July 8, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Tom

    Yes, Republicans, listen to the crazy lady from Alaska. Impeach Obama. What could go wrong? Impeaching Bill Clinton on nonsense charges worked out so well. Why not try it again? Go for it. Oh, and don't worry about that two thirds majority vote in the Senate. I'm sure loads of Democrats will jump on your side. No problem.

    July 8, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. McBob79

    Why can't we just secure the border. We can't afford to let millions of people here. We can't take care of our own... millions are unemployed and want jobs. How can we possibly bring more people in? The fast food president is detached.

    July 8, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. drake mallard

    I wish people would stop calling her Governor. She only served a half term at best before she quit. Seems like she gave up that right. As I recall, she said she quit because she could not do her job with all the law suits that were being filed against her. she bankrupted the town and didn't have a thing to show for it and was mired in scandal.”

    July 8, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Shelley

    Palin needs to go away...she is such a has been still trying to grab the spot light. She is too stupid to really play in the big leagues...go back north and play in the snow.

    July 8, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. clownshoes Mcgun from Kentucky

    Anyway we can do a new survivor show. Sarah Palin...Antarctica. It won't be televised, there will be no social media. We will check in every 10 years and see if she's ok...for 10 seconds

    "Sarah you there"...
    "Yeah I'm here, let me tell you something. I"
    "And that's all the time we have see you in 10 years!"

    July 8, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Fubarack

    There was enough reason for impeachment 5 years ago.

    July 8, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. TommyK

    This from the woman who said she could see Russia from her back yard! This from the woman who can't even raise her own children properly. This from the woman who came a heart-beat away from the Presidency! Thank God McCain picked her, otherwise we would have bombed Iran, Russia, Syria, Palestine among a host of others. Then again John McCain's claim to fame is being shot down by a Third-World Country!

    July 8, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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