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. Rockymtnhi

    oh please u gotta love this Tea Baggin, pot smokin, and quitter representing he rebublican party. U go girl. You are just like them... drink, speak, and fall....!! ye ha i can see russia from here. VOTE GOP so u can have her too....

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. bhartman36

    Well, of course she does. Is anyone even remotely surprised that she's calling for impeachment, when she can't even spell it?

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Fr33th1nk3r

    is this the same Alaskan princess that costed the taxpayers in Alaska an extra $650,000 in expenses because she chose to govern from her home, instead of at the governor's mansion in Juneau?
    The same Palin that spent tens of thousands of taxpayers' dollars on hair hair stylist when she was governor?

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Really?

    This from the chick who can't even see her job through

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Moishe

    Sara who?

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. JP

    Palin needs to STFU. No one cares about her. She is old news. America hates you Palin.

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. kns413

    HAHAHAHA, oh wait, was she serious? I mean, really? HAHAHAHA, what a joke she is.

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

    does she have a mental disorder?

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. chuck

    Who cares what she thinks. This undereducated, intellectually challenged, nitwit wants to impeach the president. Can't wait until the 2016 election cycle. You are going to see a republican circus like none before. Entertainment at it's best.

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. luvUamerica

    All I can say is, what an idiot!! The Republicans are getting more and more desperate!

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. kns413

    In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, "what a maroon"!

    July 8, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. kaneda

    whatever! Golf time!!

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. John

    For the love of God. I'm a republican – why can’t the republicans just go out there and win the next presidency. Stop with all this BS. It makes all of you look like sore losers when you don’t get what you want. Go out there and win,.

    One more thing. Can we stop looking so dam pompous in your suits.. You look like rich old people who want what you want. Please I'm with you, but you’re like my 10 year old, grow up and win it.

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Mum

    Stop covering the stupid person CNN. I am losing respect for this media station. No longer NEWS!!!!

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. bob smith

    The republicans want to waste another $100 million dollars like they did trying to Impeach Clinton for sleeping with women other than Hillary. I mean come on have you never seen Hillary? Heard her Talk? of course he went looking for someone else.

    All Boeher needs to do is something. Pass some law anything He can't get congress to pass a law to buy a clue let alone real laws.

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. wazuri77

    When are we going to stop listening to this meaningless, right-wing piece of trash?

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Eleanor Fitzgerald

    Just shows how desparate she is to be the center of attention!

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. kayy68

    Does anybody really care what this dummy has to say? She's a reality tv personality, not a politician.

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Moderate Sean

    John Li

    Sarah Palin was the only one who predicted Russia will attack Ukraine, and yet she gets no credit but ridicule because she is female. And no doubt we will see the same thing her regardless of what she says.
    July 8, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |

    John Li, she doesn't receive much, or for that matter – any credit, because on a continual basis she is too extreme, mean-spirited, and many times just plain ignorant on most topics. She is outside the norm on how many Americans think or feel on various issues. That is why she doesn't, nor should receive much credit!

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. wolf

    Palin is part of a long list of do nothing Republicans who could not find their way out of a paper bag and then blame the President for the fact that the paper bag existed. I would love to see her and the Republican cast of clowns actually do something good for this Country. Well, if nothing else Palin still gives us goofy entertainment value and I suppose she's earning her money as an unintentional comedian and she is always good for a laugh. I need to be able to laugh with her though.

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    You are a boob Palin so shut your yap! Quit the governorship and asked to be a token and being stupid are your claims to fame for about 15 seconds much less than the 15 minutes of fame you thought you had!

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Mark

    This woman enrages me. She, along with Fox News, keeps instigating the group of stubborn, ignorant bigots that is tearing this country apart at the seams. What is she getting out of this besides more publicity?

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Clint

    Does any really care what she has to say? She's a has been that needs to realize she's a dead weight to America, as is all the other haters that get air time.

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Mark in Seattle

    See she has her "classy" rack shirt on.

    July 8, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Jerry

    Another mindless comment by Sarah Palin, no news here.

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