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. Gene Alderson

    Bimbo, can not even finish her term as Governor of Alaska, loser

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. bozikhan

    Is she talking about the Russian boarder...

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Bob Lees

    How nice to once again hear from the Queen of Quit. She's like a bad penny, can't get rid of it.

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. wowlfie

    I agree 99%. But the time to impeach him was BEFORE he destroyed this country for our grand children. $11 trillion extra debt will do that to a country.....

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Roman

    "I can see Russia from my house!"

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Nick

    She must be afraid Russians will start crossing over to Alaska.

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. luvUamerica

    The dumb just keep getting dumber. I am tea partying tonight!

    July 8, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Joe

    Wow after all this clown has done, or better yet NOT DONE, there are still morons who support him... No wonder they say being a liberal democrat is a mental illness.

    July 8, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Mr. Obama

    Obviously, Palin didn't hear Obama saying that most of those youngsters coming into America will be sent back... But.. you know Palin... Always behind the news....

    July 8, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. brian

    Oh please... Forget the first amendment and make her go away. And I am a republican!

    July 8, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. currency1896

    she makes one question the correctness of freedom of speech

    July 8, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. judith

    The halt-witted Harpy shrieks again. Go ahead and have them try to impeach Obama and see how it backfires and motivates Democrats to go to the polls.

    July 8, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. bobo

    Thank God.... someone with a level head.... Impeach Obama!!!!

    July 8, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Pablo123

    Time for that promised GQ photo spread.

    July 8, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Dan

    I like when Sarah Palin talks it amuses me how lathered up the left gets about her...Funny as hell.

    July 8, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. supplychainpro

    IMPEACH OBAMAO and his neo-fascist, lawless, criminal administration. The evidence shows OBAMAO has himself violated over 750 existing laws. Time to end his criminal conversion of America to his ideal of two classes, the 'haves' and the 'have nots' and with his millions post-office, like the Clintons, will be in the 'have' group while the rest of us will be burdened with the costs of his failed policies and be forced into the 'have-not' group.

    July 8, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Justin Cider

    I'm not sure if more simple stuff comes out of Palin's mouth or her reproductive system!

    July 8, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Isn't her shirt copyright infringement against Under Armour?

    July 8, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. spiderjosh

    Let's deport Palin. And Perry can go with her.

    July 8, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. rs

    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.

    July 8, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Joe

    Yeah thank God Palin wasn't elected or Romney either for that matter, since Obama and Biden have done such a great job – lmao.

    July 8, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Ronnie was a RINO!

    I bet if we had a Republican as president and he granted amnesty to a bunch of illegals, Republicans would worship him like he was a god.

    July 8, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Justin S

    This is insanity. You have republicans on one side wanting to impeach Obama for not doing anything about immigration, and republicans on the other side wanting to sue him for doing too much without Congress' approval. Congress has the power to fix immigration, but they are all too scared of the far right to do anything about it. So instead they just point fingers, talk big, and do nothing.

    July 8, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Bo

    It this nincompoop still with us? Go away already, looney hag.

    July 8, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Bob

    Good grief why is CNN still giving this bozo media time? I would rather someone revoke her birth certificate. Palin as a judge said STFU and go away.

    July 8, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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