Allen West and Alan Grayson Clash on Impeaching Obama

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 17, 2014 3:55 AM
Alan Grayson, Barack Obama, Allen West

Alan Grayson, Barack Obama, Allen West

This week, two of the most pugnacious actors on the Florida political stage clashed over whether President Barack Obama should be impeached.

Former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., who has left the door open to a political comeback in 2016, made the case to impeach Obama on Tuesday. In recent weeks, West has been increasingly calling for Obama’s impeachment.

“Over 135,000 patriotic Americans have responded to my impeachment survey showing that Americans are furious with Barack Obama and his hatred for the Constitution of the United States,” West emailed supporters. “But I've also received an overwhelming number of emails with your thoughts about why Obama should be impeached and I want to be sure to allow every American to voice their opinion.

“Think about it," West continued. “Barack Obama has: traded senior terrorist commanders for an Army deserter; refused to seek justice for the terrorist attack in Benghazi, inviting more violence against our country; engaged in a cover-up regarding Benghazi to hide the truth; ignored acts of Congress and is selectively enforcing the laws as enacted; used regulations and executive orders to circumvent the power of Congress, thereby violating the separation of powers between the branches of government.

“Any one of these are (sic) impeachable offenses and show shameful disrespect for the Constitution and the American people,” West added. “Barack Obama is guilty of committing high crimes and misdemeanors against the Constitution and, by his own actions, has forfeited the right to lead this nation.”

West hasn’t been alone among Florida Republicans in pondering whether or not to impeach Obama. At a town hall event in his hometown of Gainesville back in March, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., said he could support an impeachment but insisted there was a “lack of will” among the GOP House leadership to pursue it.

Even as the U.S. House leadership started proceedings to sue Obama for exceeding his authority, there are signs that the GOP is increasingly open to impeachment. Former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, called for Obama’s impeachment last week and a poll released by YouGov for the Huffington Post earlier this week showed 35 percent of Americans said impeaching the president would be justified while 44 percent said it would not. Among Republicans, the feeling against Obama is much stronger, with 68 percent saying the start of impeachment proceedings would be justified. However, the GOP congressional leadership has shown no appetite to pursue impeachment and a host of Republican U.S. Senate candidates have attempt to distance themselves from attempts to remove Obama.

Pointing to that poll, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., went after the Republicans. “Impeachment: the same GOP voters listen carefully to the radio broadcasts in their dental fillings,” Grayson insisted on Wednesday.

Back in May, Grayson appeared on Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC and went after conservatives and the tea party movement for bringing up impeachment.

“They hate the president, it’s that simple,” Grayson told Sharpton. “They hate the first African-American president, and they’re never going to change. What also will never change is their utter detachment from the mood of the public. The public wants us to concentrate on jobs, on benefits, on pensions, on education, on health care, on housing, and they want to concentrate on Fast and Furious, and they want to concentrate on Benghazi, and any other nonscandal they can try to rev up. They are completely, totally out of touch, and ultimately the public and the voters will punish them for it.

“They live fact-free lives,” Grayson said about the tea party. “These are people who have lost whatever narrow tether they’ve had to reality a long time ago. What really upsets me is not so much that they ignore the truth, and they trample over what’s right; what really upsets me is they think they can dictate to the American people what the political process is all about. These people think that if they woke up one morning and they wanted to talk about nothing but left-handed left-wing Liberian lesbians, then we’d all have to talk about left-handed left-wing Liberian lesbians, and we’d have no choice about that. The American people have problems that need to be solved: unemployment, low wages … .

“The only way to win a Republican primary these days is to out-crazy all the other candidates,” Gratson added. “And I think a lot of Americans wished they’d all get off their TV screens, just get the hell out of [our] lives. Americans want somebody who’s actually going to take a stab at solving their problems. The Republicans are always getting in their way, and saying something crazy in the process.”

Grayson has been joined by a fellow Democratic member from the Florida delegation in pushing back against Republicans on impeachment. From her perch as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz started raising the possibility of Republicans backing impeachment back in December.

With Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate, bringing impeachment is a near-certainty to be defeated. Even if Republicans flip the Senate in November, as pundits see increasingly possible, Democrats would easily control enough votes to ensure Obama would not be convicted in an impeachment trial.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (15)

Charles M Davis
9:42AM JUL 29TH 2014
More sane politicans should stand up to clowns like allen west, he's a disgrace all around but the really sad part is he got idiots like him believe that [filtered word]
Bill Ritzmann
12:46PM JUL 21ST 2014
It's good to see Ol' Punching Bag Grayson fresh off the first and ugliest stages of his annulment/divorce.

Nah. Not really. Hope he gets to keep the '81 DeLorean and uses to go somewhere else in time; far, far away.
9:06AM JUL 20TH 2014
There is no citizen if this country that is less patriotic than Obama , impeach the [filtered word], my girlfriend is black so Dont give me that racism bull[filtered word]
H.E. "Pete" Ashley
8:41AM JUL 20TH 2014
Benghazi lies. Impeach Obama! Obamacare follies and lies. Impeach Obama!! Scandal at the IRS. Impeach Obama! The shameful way we’ve treated our veterans. Impeach Obama! With the promise of amnesty we see what is is happening to our southern border. Impeach Obama! These important issues have been largely ignored by the mainstream media, so called, or reported in a way that spins the facts to the point of truth abuse.
Paul Cajka Sr
11:12AM JUL 17TH 2014
Grayson appeared on the Sharpton show on MSNBC. There's two loons that deserve each other. Colonel West could tear them both into little pieces in a debate.
9:38PM JUL 17TH 2014
Yes, yes, you must be right . . . . Allen West is so clearly persuasive he lost to a newbie in a GOP District after raising a record $18 million for a House Congressional race. . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
John Prospero
9:27AM JUL 17TH 2014
Is Grayson still physically abusing his wife....or has he given that up for a while since the left gets ready to put th e"War on Women" (TM) into high gear again?
The Swampfox
9:25AM JUL 17TH 2014
With all due respect Mr. Grayson (and I'm using that term very loosely with you) when you invoke lunacy you should first look in the mirror. I've watched you on the house floor, your rants are tantamount to a patient about to receive shock treatment. We don't hate Obama because he's black he is disliked because he, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi (talk about a loon) and the likes of you and your ultra liberal friends are tearing our Constitution apart. Destroying this country as we know it as it was founded by the framers of the Constitution of the USA. Obama has basically ignored the other two branches of government and is ruling by fiat. I agree with you that the America people are interested in jobs, improving our education, and more importantly our security. When you use words such as "benefits," health care, housing, pensions etc." you are essentially referring to entitlements placing the burden on the middle class working families. The sleigh of hand that your party is so cunning with. Oh Alan BTW, you forgot the IRS, VA, and border crossing scandals, that Mr.Obama chooses to ignore along with his cowardly devoid foreign affairs plan while the Republicans are perseverating on such trivial issues shame, shame, on them. Mr. Obama is not a leader he's a phony and couldn't lead a hungry pack of wolves to meat! I believe the above allegations are sufficient for impeachment. However, the Republican leadership in DC is operating as though they were castrated. So enjoy this while you can because the American people "will speak" in the next election."E pluribus Unum."
9:46AM JUL 17TH 2014
Hear Hear
9:11AM JUL 17TH 2014
Yes, yes, keep raising impeachment . . . . especially without merit . . . . especially from partisan delusional figures like Sarah Palin and Allen West. . . . . that stupefying strategy worked out SO great for the GOP the last time . . . .

Pathetic . . . . .
Bill Ritzmann
12:50PM JUL 21ST 2014
No worse than this one:

John Prospero
9:29AM JUL 17TH 2014
You mean when the house successfully impeached Clinton?
9:35PM JUL 17TH 2014
. . . and following that stupidity, both the House and Senate switched parties . . . .
9:05AM JUL 17TH 2014
Best Foghorn Leghorn imitation, "I say, I say."
C Breeze
8:41AM JUL 17TH 2014
"Grayson appeared on Al Sharpton's show on MSNBC"... Need anything more be said about this article topic,..or its author ? (I thought not).
Mr. West, I propose a "contest": You should run for Mr. Grayson's Congressional Representative's seat; winner take all ! ( OR, at least a public debate at one of Grayson's district campaign stops would become NATIONAL news' premier events of the "election season"..).

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