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. American Worker

    Impeachment is pointless when the President's successor and agency loyalist remain.

    If we want the 'Rule of Law' restored, remove the President's Kingpin in the DOJ.

    Removing Eric Holder will take away the immunity that the President and his Agency Loyalist have.

    July 8, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Oh god.. not another Sarah Pailn comment...

    July 8, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. spoo

    sarah should be taking her shirt off and dance the wacawaca instead of opening her mouth to so much nonsense

    July 8, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. just asking

    didn't obama swear an oath to protect and defend this nation? how is allowing the country to be invaded, and then aiding it by shipping these illegals all over the country (never to be heard from again) defending this country?? how is sending millions of dollars to the very countries these people come from helping defend our country? it isn't. why isn't he taking action against mexico, the primary facilitator of this invasion? if i was a senator i would vote to impeach this idiot.

    July 8, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Crane Kick

    This from the woman who said she could see Russia from her back yard!

    Another imbecile who gets his news from a sketch comedy show that was never popular enough to make it to prime time.

    July 8, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. TomGI

    Palin is always 'calling for' something or another. It's nothing new.

    July 8, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Shock tactics... she knows it won't go anywhere...

    July 8, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Gigi

    Has this imbecile finally figured out what the Bush Doctrine is??? I hope she goes over to the view so Whoopie can eat her alive!

    July 8, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. sanalto

    Everytime she opens her mouth I make a donation to the democratic party.

    July 8, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. donaldfarnsworth

    Agreed. Let's do it. The man has lost his marbles and his support. Too much damage to our nation.

    July 8, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Kevin Santos

    Oh Sarah Putin! Hush already! Keep trying to learn about politics! You don't know anything! You never did and never will! That is why you failed as a presidential candidate! BYE FELICIA!!!

    July 8, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Mildly Excited

    I believe there may be a misspelling on her T-shirt.

    July 8, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. mjpalmer24

    Oh Palin, continue to give enough fodder to drive Democratic voters to the polls this mid-term. This mid-term season has been the gift that keeps on giving for democrats on what would normally be a low turn out election.

    Hobby Lobby decision put GOP politics in the forefront of independant and dem voters just months away from the mid-term election.

    Boehner's lawsuit against Obama only brings attention to voters who normally wouldn't follow the daily news cycle to see what Obama has done independantly on his own. Many if not all of his executive action steps would be considered very popular by the broad base of non-GOP voters (independants and of course dems). For example this tells those people that Obama has tried to do things to raise minimum wage, curb LGBT work-place discrimination, implement important immigration policy changes that the GOP controlled house refuses to vote on that may not have realized it otherwise.

    Now Palin at a time where other news stories for the past week have begged the opposite to what she's saying now is only furthering this with impeachment talk that most people would find unfounded and not needed. It goes back to the 1998 impeachment process for Bill Clinton. The GOP didn't learn it's lesson then and it's not learning now. Rhetoric like that typically ends up driving the base of the other party more to the poll...

    This year has already felt a bit different than 2010 in the sense that the conservative base enthusiasm just doesn't appear to be what it was in 2010 (many likely fell off the bandwagon in 2012 would be my guess) and democratic voter turnout seems to be increasing over these past couple of election cycles to never before seen heights. It almost appears that GOP push to give the base as much red meat as it can has done nothing to drive support on that side any more than it was already there and has had the exact opposite effect to instead drive more dems to the polls in what would normally be a GOP heavy voting season.

    July 8, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Richard Smith

    I'm going to change my cnn.com if you don't stop putting no-body stupid people online !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Paulie 'little bag of" Donuts

    Obama will be impeached in January and become the first President convicted too!

    July 8, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. bf

    instead of bashing Palin why don't you address the issue of thousands of illegals that we the tax payer are going to have to pay for because Obama won't enforce the law. He is destroying our country. This is a disaster!

    July 8, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Ctrygrl

    First wonder who wrote the piece for her. But aside from that I am not exactly sure what "high crimes or misdemeanors" the president has committed with this immigration thing. The reason they are coming is the bill signed by George W. Bush in 2008 that makes it very difficult to deport children crossing illegally from countries other than Mexico and Canada. These children coming alone have been deported immediately. He has asked Congress for help with this problem and we all know how far that got. As for impeachment, if the republicans take over the senate I expect it no later than the end of February next year. The charges will be whatever sounds ominous with Issa standing up and proclaiming we know he is guilty, the senate just has to have a trial to see how guilty. As for immigration and American workers, no administration has ever done as much to curb illegal workers as this one, not just show raids and deportations but actual prosecutions of the businesses that hire them.

    July 8, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I use to be quite the Palin fan. It is embarrassing statements such as this one that another pair of comedians will be calling pranking you on the phone. Come on Palin, the prank of French President Nicolas Sarkozy calling you is a reflection of what the population thinks of their politicians and now you. Obama didn't destroy your campaign don't hate the players hate the game. Democrats control Congress so no impeachment will ever happen. Think and think again before you open your mouth sounding so foolishly. Try not to go down in history bringing horrible embarasment and shame to politics like Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Eliot Spitzer, Joe Lieberman, Bush jr. and Rod Blagojevich

    July 8, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Cat

    Who cares what this idiot has to say. She is dumber than dirt.

    July 8, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. boo

    Welcome to America.

    July 8, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Please go back to sleep

    July 8, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. gregladen

    What is most disturbing about this is the timing. This is about when those interested in seeking the nomination to run for president start doing things like this.

    Disturbing but also entertaining. In a way I hope she makes it to the top of the GOP ticket. Maybe John McCain could be her running mate.

    July 8, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. WJL54

    SNL's greatest and most generous target . . . what a loon.

    July 8, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Greg In Arkansas

    The difference between Palin and Honey Boo Boo.....Palin is about 40 years older....

    July 8, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Kelvin

    I wish the Republicans would listen to her and follow her advice. Talk about getting the left fired up. We would definitely hold on to the Senate and have a great chance of taking back the House. So I say go for it!

    July 8, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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