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. Kris L

    Yet another reason why people claiming to be part of the Tea Party should finally break off and form an actual political party, rather than subjecting a more moderate Republican base to their idiocy. Then we'd finally see what America thinks of them. My prediction: Ross Perot would have beaten these guys in a Presidential Election.

    July 8, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Doug

    I though she resigned.

    July 8, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. KeyLimePie

    Is she still in politics? And still wearing glasses to try to seem smart?

    July 8, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Chris

    Just another far right joke. She is nothing anymore. Nobody cares.

    July 8, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. gsmith

    This is the best idea I have heard in a long time. Impeach the whole Democratic Party, they are destroying this Country. Sarah Palin for President !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. gpharman

    Impeach Obama? You bet'cha!! I think that is what she said. She was dumb every since she spoke in public. How she got where she has in life is beyond me...seriously, who votes for people like this?

    July 8, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. isolate

    Still desperate for the limelight, eh, Sarah?

    July 8, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. mar88

    Yawn. Another Repub calling for Obama's impeachment. Please report when they don't–THAT

    July 8, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. gms11

    When oh when will she just shut up and go away....the bigger issue at hand is the slow painful death rattle of the republican right ding bats!.....just a matter of time before they are extinct!

    July 8, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. spa monster

    Not a pot head She is tea party so that means prescription drugs & wine. Got keep it legal

    July 8, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Vivid

    She'll be perfect for Sarah does Washington.

    July 8, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Ted Smith

    Please, dear God, make her go away. I have two small girls and while I promote the power of strong women, she is such a poor excuse for a role model, of any kind. This is nothing more than a publicity stunt that wastes time, money and distracts us from the real issues. She is stirring hatred – is that American, Ms Palin?

    July 8, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. oliver

    The GOP needs to learn about teamwork and sportsmanship. Sure, the stakes are high everyone wants to "win" but as on the baseball field, or any field, you can fight to win while respecting your opponent. The GOP answer, cry, sue, impeach...they impeached the most successful president of my lifetime (Clinton) and are talking about it with Obama now. Impeachment has happened twice in all of American history, now the GOP wants to make it twice in a decade...its ridiculous and it makes them seem like sore losers.

    I'm not saying they need to support the president or anything, or that defiance is some manner of treason...it is in fact patriotic, but these baseless attacks and sob complaints need to end. You want to change things? Do it at the polls, do it with law making (its your job), do it with your ideals. Enough of this impeach the "Obama-muslim-satan-hitler" stuff.

    If democrats took the high ground for Bush, who started a war, who gave Haliburton no bid contracts, who destroyed the economy (and made billions for his cronies in the process) then republicans should learn some humility too. Leadership means ever tom and harry is going to disagree with you and complain, but mutiny and impeachment is not discourse, its obstructionist.

    July 8, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Jim

    I am shocked she would call for an impeachment...yeah, right. She may be the dumbest woman on the planet. I seriously think so.

    July 8, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. John Books

    She is a special kind of stupid. Why won't she just go away?

    July 8, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Dennis

    CNN, Stop putting this women in your news just to get ratings, she's is old, old news!!

    July 8, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. marki

    Oh please go hide yourself and don't come out, EVER!!!! You're an idiot and no one is paying attention to anything you say!!!!

    July 8, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Ott755523

    She is the sum of all these comments.

    July 8, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "There was enough reason for impeachment 5 years ago.

    And that was what? Please, do tell...in detail.

    However, please note that "presidenting while black" is not a "high crime and misdemeanor."

    July 8, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Kris L

    After we do this, we should go back and impeach Bush for getting American soldiers and airmen killed so his cronies could keep their oil profits. Then we go back and impeach Reagan for deciding the only way to end the Soviet Union would be to see who could 'win' the race to massive debts and financial insolvency.

    July 8, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Demigod Vadik, CA

    I wear my WWSPD bracelet every day...

    ...and every time she speaks I cant wait to hear those words of wisdom....

    ...I mean, I wake up and my first thought is what would Sarah Palin do???

    July 8, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. notblind

    someone has to be convincing her to do this stuff. No one is naturally that dumb.

    July 8, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. TheBloch

    She's special

    July 8, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Real reform

    Palin who? I seem to remember an embarrassment from several years ago that made herself irrelevant to the world of politics. Maybe the same person but I can't imagine why anybody would be talking about her again.

    July 8, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Zach

    This is what has become of a once honorable and useful political party.....

    July 8, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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