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. noAd

    Bright Bart (breitbart)? What's that - Homer Simpson's homage to his son?

    July 8, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. it must be said

    Mr. Obama
    Obviously, Palin didn't hear Obama saying that most of those youngsters coming into America will be sent back...

    Just another in the very long list of Obama lies. They are bussing and flying all these illegals all over the country with instructions to report back. Almost NONE are doing it. False addresses given, they are here for good thanks to Obama and the Democrats. And we got to pay for the trip.

    July 8, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Scott

    Resignation! It worked for Palin!

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

    Uh, yes, aw, er, no. Let Obama Stew in his own juices for the next 2 years. That will be much harsher than a mercy killing.Hey, come on in, the water's fine. Obama is the Conservative's best friend !! Chuck says, undereducated, intellectually challenged, nitwit. Now Chuck, you shouldn't talk about Obama that way. Also you shouldn't talk about the great unwashed that way. It sounds like you are describing yourself, no? Pain is praying for a miracle. None is coming.

    July 8, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Frank

    Why does the media continue to print anything that this lunatic has to say? She quit her corrupted position in politics long ago. She is irrrelevant. Why not treat her as same?

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. AdviceMF

    Ms Palin reminds us all that we need better Mental Health Care in the USA. Including the great state of Alaska.

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. SkiBumPoet

    Sarah Palin skis in jeans.

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Fire the GOP

    Maybe if the GOP didn't send all our troops to Iraq, we could have them patrolling our borders instead. Less costly in terms of dollars AND lives.

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. jonusb

    Maybe someone should remind her that there shouldn't be any concern of the Russians invading Alaska, and that there's about 4,000 miles of land separating her from Mexico. So she should be able to rest easy now.

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "does she have a mental disorder?

    Yes. It's called "conservatism" and it belongs in DSM-IV.

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    she is a pure idiot

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Anthony

    McCain should be impeached for creating this plague upon humanity.

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. brucekrane

    Hard to admit it but, I once thought John McCain was all right. He belongs in a special place.

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Old Redneck

    So Sarah Failin' calls for Obama's impeachment. I'm surprised she can spell the word . . . she can spell it, can't she?

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Does she realize that if we impeach Obama, we get Biden as president?

    July 8, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. TB

    OK let me get this right.... Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than any other POTUS, the Senate passed a major immigration reform bill last year, and yet Republicans (read Boehner) will not bring the reform bill to a vote, and this Alaskan nut job thinks we should impeach Obama. Do I have this correct????? Somebody please correct me if I am wrong..?!

    July 8, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Stentor

    Why is anyone paying any attention, least of all CNN, to this denizen of Derp, the woman with a verified IQ of 83?

    July 8, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "we are losing this country"

    Define "we". Trust me, I know exactly what you meant...I'm just wondering if you're willing to put it in black and white.

    July 8, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. craig Nordlien

    Sarah has great foreign policy expertise. She can see Russia from Alaska. She's a smart gal. Got her degree from Idaho U.

    July 8, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Paulie 'little bag of" Donuts


    Oh, dear, the GOP is going to try to make the same giant mistake they made when they impeached Clinton. Lose really big in the next election.

    Go ahead guys- dare you.

    We won the next election and we won the Presidency for 8 years after too,,..talk about not too bright.

    July 8, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Roy

    She has WAY too much time on her hands.

    July 8, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Jonathan

    NOTHING palin says interests me,she does not belong in politics,she may be attractive but stick with fishing.

    July 8, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Beth

    No, not impeachment, removal from office. That should get the big goof's attention.

    July 8, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "It however is unclear if Sarah Palin KNOWS what impeachment means."


    Teatroll Dictionary Says: "When we lose an election and want a do-over."

    July 8, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. mort

    Palin has enough ,mouth for another set of crowned teeth. Mother Nature got Palin's esophagus and small intestine in reverse order. Her experience with impeachment deals with her early retirement as governor so she could avoid impeachment or felony charges.

    July 8, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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