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. Chuck

    Put a sock in it palin.. No one cares what you think.

    July 8, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Dan

    I feel like CNN only writes stories about Palin to make conservatives look stupid. We don't like her either! Stop giving her air time.... She does not represent our views.

    July 8, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Golden Eagle

    Well, seeing how she has no understanding how something as basic in politics as presidential impeachment works, all we can say is whhheeewwwww, we dodged a bullet with her. I'm not even sure there would still be a U.S.A. with that in control of things.

    July 8, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. mim

    Impeach, sue, disrespect, word bash. Do what you wish, it is only making you all look ever the more stupid.

    July 8, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Fr33th1nk3r

    "Sarah Palin was the only one who predicted Russia will attack Ukraine"

    Not much of an earth shattering revelation, considering that Russia just annexed the Republic of Georgia in 2008 with no opposition from the United States back when Bush was in charge.

    July 8, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. V

    illegal immigration is a big issue, whats the point in having laws if no one is going to enforce them?

    July 8, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Marshall

    So, who is this Sarah Palin and why should we care what she thinks? Is she someone important? Naw, didn't think so.

    July 8, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Anton

    Why is this tool even in the news.

    The problem is the drug cartels not Obama.

    Get a life, read a book, go for a walk, instead of being an idiot.

    July 8, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. shehar39

    she's just saying what we are all thinking

    July 8, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. DarqueSide

    John McCain unleashed this harpy upon the world. It's only fitting he should reap his reward and spend eternity with this foul thing as his only companion.

    July 8, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. no crazies

    Still crazy after all these years.

    July 8, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. SSS

    McBob79: ??? She look good ??? She looks anorexic, and goofy to be exact.

    July 8, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. jrcomo35713

    She's irrelevant....NEXT...

    July 8, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Steven Schwiss

    Why John McCain does not get blamed for making this borderline retard relevant I will NEVER know...she is the dumbest person to hold any office ever...please stop telling us what she thinks...oh, and by the way, if ANYONE actually thinks that she WROTE that op-ed, then yer as retarded as she is...

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Pete Huttlinger

    Dana Davidsen why are you spending any time at all on an insignificant and inconsequential political has-been? If your editor assigned this story to you, you should offer your resignation rather than put yourself in the line of fire from so many, many people who don't want to hear anything about Sara Palin. Nothing. Nothing al all.

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Impeach Congress!

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Denny,Meadow Vista

    Palin just sit down and shut up. You are nothing but a American citizen (I think) so what you say means nothing more then what other people think except other people are a lot smarter then you. Thank God she was not elected as VP.

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. jboh

    Keep quiet until you finish your first term.

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Lardeau

    GOOD GRIEF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please go away Sarah – and take Johnny M with you - and I don't mean Johnny Football.

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Noah

    Apparently she doesn't know who becomes president?

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. MojoJojo

    Who said what?

    Oh right.

    Nobody and nothing.

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. gb333

    Please ignore this complete waste air.

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. So Disgusted

    Yes, there are thousands streaming across the border. But tell me, who are all those people being sent to the detention centers to be processed for deportation? We are apprehending most of the illegals as soon as they cross over. If we were not, then we wouldn't have bus loads of them to deal with.

    The border with Mexico is huge and mostly open country. Unless we build a wall like Israel did, they will keep coming. How about we raise taxes to get the money to build the wall?

    Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to the nation. Enough said.

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. So Sad

    And what is the purported high crime or misdemeanor? Are they trowing in the towel on Benghazi?

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. The Realist

    Ms. Palin has forged a career for herself as a right-wing nut-bar.

    This, the latest attempt to boost her faltering "brand", shouldn't come as a surprise.

    Why do the TV networks pad their air time the useless blithering of washed-up losers?

    Why don't Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Dick Cheney have the common decency to retire?

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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