August 3, 2014 5:45 pm -

On Sunday, Fox News analyst Juan Williams addressed the recent talk from Republicans of calling for President Obama’s impeachment. Williams took on the CEO of the Heritage Foundation over his role in “demonizing” Obama which has thrilled white tea partiers.

On Fox News just after Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said in reference to Obama, “Don’t make Congress impeach you,” host Chris Wallace asked Heritage CEO Michael Needham if there was grassroots support for impeachment hearings, according to Raw Story.

“The trouble with a lawless president is it’s very difficult to constrain him because he doesn’t care about the law,” Needham remarked “He’s totally out of control.”

“He’s a lawless president?” National Journal’s Ron Fournier responded. “Is that really a phrase you want? He’s a lawless president? Completely lawless?”

Needham argued that Republicans are “trying to find a way to constrain a lawless president,” which is why they are suing him

Williams pointed to that exact soft of rhetoric as the problem.

“You listen to Michael, and you understand why there are lots of Republicans who think, ‘This man’s a demon, this guy’s awful, we got to get this guy out of here any way we can, he’s breaking the law,’” Williams said. “I hear this on talk radio, I hear this in conservative columns, that people are saying they think this guy’s way over the line. And then they say, we got to find a way to get him.”

“And then you hear from Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and others, ‘Yes, we use the impeachment word,’” Williams continued. “And then you come on and say, ‘Oh, no. We’re not talking about impeachment, that’s the Democrats.’ All the Democrats are doing is taking advantage of the fact that you guys have demonized President Obama to this extent.”

Williams said that minorities saw  impeachment talk as “an attack on the first black president,” and “it’s unfair so it’s going spur their turnout in midterms which is going to be critical in several races.”

Wallace interrupted to ask Williams to clarify whether or not racism was a factor in recent impeachment talk.

“Well, all I can do is look at the numbers,” Williams replied. “If you look at the core constituency of people, let’s say, who are in tea party opposition support of impeachment, there’s no diversity. It’s a white, older group of people.”

“I would say, if you just break it down as a matter of political analysis and say who is this group, it reminds me that the Republican Party has become almost a completely white party,” he said.

Needham was shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

“Because I’m saying the president of the United States is lawless, which by the way, the Supreme Court agreed with,” Needman responded. “You’re the one demonizing people who are concerned about the fact we have a crisis of the Constitution!”

“The people who want him impeached, they’re all white!” Williams shot back. “And they’re all older. And guess what? They’re all in the far right wing of the Republican Party.”

“And he might have well just said, ‘And they’re all racists,’” Needham said.

And he’d have a point.


Tea Party hero, and possible dominatrix, Michele Bachmann went as far as to suggest they were putting a “handcuff” on Obama on Friday. That statement brought a rebuke from the chair. (Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., later made a unanimous consent request to have her words stricken from the record but there was an objection), according to Roll Call.

H/T: Raw Story.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

19 responses to Watch: Fox Pundit Slams Republicans Over Their ‘All White’ Impeachment Supporters

  1. Tommy6860 August 3rd, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    No matter how hard these these wing-nuts try, they will never learn that repackaging and re-branding hate, isn’t going to get the masses to vote for their lunacy.

    • Eric Trommater August 3rd, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Actually the new line that somehow it’s the Democrats beating the drums for impeachment is trending very well among swing voters. No matter how stupid or ill informed you thought swing voters were they always surprise you by being even more stupid. I’m actually disgusted at this point.

  2. Eric Trommater August 3rd, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    If the GOP is actually able to turn the PR on this disaster around and convince the American people it was the Democrats all along who were pushing impeachment than the American people are incredibly stupid and deserve what they get when the new wave of old white men control both chambers of Congress next year and may God have mercy on their souls.

  3. Budda August 3rd, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Juan is correct in that most of these T-types are white….and older. He left out stupid.

    The T-types I have had the thrill of speaking with really have no idea how our government works.

    • Eric Trommater August 3rd, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      No one in either party ever lost an election under estimating the intellegence of the American people.

      • granpa.usthai August 3rd, 2014 at 9:18 pm

        Romney’s landslide crowd’s estimate was a mite bit off though.

  4. NW10 August 3rd, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Heritage CEO Michael Needham

    That’s Juan’s biggest mistake right there, attempting to tell the truth to the founder of DeMint’s think tank.

    • Eric Trommater August 3rd, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      …or use logic.

    • tiredoftea August 3rd, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Needham is many things, but founder of Heritage Action he is not.

  5. Obewon August 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    ‘But Obama made his Heritage Koch’s cry! Whaaa.’ Williams shot back. ‘And they’re all older. And guess what? They’re all in the far right wing 95% white Tea Klan, of the 89% white Republican Party.’

  6. Suzanne McFly August 3rd, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I love how these nuts fly off the wall when someone says their actions against Obama are due to his color. They have nothing to impeach him for, so the only other explanation for their contempt is race. Hopefully, this November will create a swell of voters at the polls and help these people understand Americans aren’t as stupid as they want us to be.

  7. tiredoftea August 3rd, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    It’s been three years or so at Fraud Spews, and I’m guessing that Juan Williams wants his NPR job back.

  8. granpa.usthai August 3rd, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    recalling ‘Animal House’ -what was the name of that jock who was always sucking up to the dean?

    • Dwendt44 August 3rd, 2014 at 11:42 pm


  9. RioBravoHombre August 4th, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Stupid, white, and racist is no way to go through life. It also guarantees that you’ll lose national elections, because stupid, racist, white people are a shrinking minority, thank God.

  10. NoInfo ToShare August 4th, 2014 at 1:17 am

    That Needham…GAWD what a frikkin’ crybaby!

  11. LiberalMD August 4th, 2014 at 2:48 am

    I’m expecting the white robes and hoods to debut any day now, and we’ll finally know for certain what’s behind the GOP.

  12. SkeeterVT August 4th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    “The people who want him impeached, they’re all white!” Fox News pundit Juan Williams said. “And they’re all older. And guess what? They’re all in the far right wing of the Republican Party.”

    Williams is right on that point. But he neglected to point out that they are also a shrinking minority of the U.S. population — having been resoundingly outvoted in the 2012 election for the first time in U.S. history.

    The ONLY reason the Republicans still control the House — despite losing the total nationwide popular vote — is because of gerrymandering of congressional districts by GOP-controlled state legislatures that created safe seats — mostly in the Deep South, Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West.

    Problem is, all that gerrymandering has resulted in the creation of a lily-white, male-dominated right-wing “ghetto” in the House, since most of the hard-ling right-wing House Republicans come from lily-white (and mostly rural) districts

    • Dan Scott August 4th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Very well said. Great observations and right on point too!