Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) got caught in a massive lie when he claimed today that the talk of impeaching President Obama is a Democratic scam. Boehner seems to have forgotten his own threat to impeach the president.
Boehner said, “This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election. We have no plan to impeach the president. We have no future plans. Listen, it’s all a scam.”
Rep. Boehner claimed that the impeachment talk was started by the president and Democrats, only it wasn’t. Back in January, Boehner hinted at impeachment, “We’re just not going to sit here and let the President trample all over us. This idea that he’s just going to go it alone, I have to remind him we do have a constitution. And the Congress writes the laws, and the President’s job is to execute the laws faithfully. And if he tries to ignore this he’s going to run into a brick wall.”
In May 2013, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) claimed that President Obama could be impeached for Benghazi. During an August 2013 town hall, Rep. Blake Farenthold admitted to constituents that House Republicans are aching to impeach the president. In October 2013, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) threatened to impeach the president if the country defaulted. In June 2014, the South Dakota Republican Party passed a resolution that called for Obama to be impeached. Sarah Palin claimed that God wants President Obama impeached.
The list of Republican calls for Obama impeachment is endless, so it is a ridiculous lie for Boehner to claim that Democrats are behind the impeachment talk. It is as if Republicans still don’t understand that the Internet exists, and we can easily go back and see what they say. It is all on audio, and video. The words are in black and white. The nation hasn’t been asleep for the past six years. People know which party has been beating the impeachment drums, and it isn’t the Democrats.
John Boehner is pursuing his lawsuit against the president as a way to play into the anti-Obama lust for impeachment. One of the first calls for Obama to be impeached came from right-wing, banned in the UK, radio host Michael Savage less than 50 days after President Obama took office. The Republican impeachment dance is nothing new. The difference is that Democrats are calling Boehner out on it.
The real reason why Speaker Boehner is freaking out is because Democrats are raising millions of dollars. Democrats have taken the lead on the last three major congressional generic ballot polls. Boehner’s attempt to motivate Republicans with a lawsuit has awoken a group of voters that Republicans do not want to see at the polls this November.
Rep. Boehner can’t put the impeachment genie back in the bottle, and Democrats are out to make him pay this November.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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