Watch: Fox Pundit Slams Republicans Over Their ‘All White’ Impeachment Supporters
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.