Texas GOP makes national news again but for the wrong reasons.
Considered a potential Republican to support immigration reform in the House (or not), it seems like Congressman Blake Farenthold has felt the need to flaunt his conservative credentials lately. What is the fastest way to the Tea Party's heart? Say really absurd things, make little to no sense, and have absolutely no reasons to back your claims.
So, naturally, embrace birtherism.
During a town hall this weekend, Farenthold decided to go along with one of his anti-Obama constituents and address her question regarding a “birther” bill proposal by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).
“You tie into a question I get a lot: 'If everybody's so unhappy with what the president's done, why don't you impeach him?'” Farenthold said during the meeting.
“I'll give you a real frank answer about that: If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it.”
Watch the incredibly awkward interview video shared by Think Progress after the jump.
“But it would go to the Senate, and he wouldn't be convicted.” Farenthold went on to argue the strategy might backfire if Obama was ultimately found not guilty after an impeachment.
“What message do we send to America if we impeach Obama and he gets away with what he's impeached for and he is found innocent? What then do we say is OK?” Farenthold said.
In other words, without this borderline-racist conspiracy theory, conservatives won't be able to continue to call the president a Nazi socialist Kenyan atheist Muslim without just sounding silly.
Farenthold didn't even bother coming up with a reason as to why the president needs to be impeached. He just really seems to like the idea in general.
The idea, of course, is not new. Plenty of prominent figures from the right have been wanting to impeach President Obama over all sorts of things, including: budget deficits, executive orders that don't exist, gun control, immigration policy, czars, recess appointments, DOMA, job offers, Benghazi, Syria, and even legislative gridlock caused by Republicans themselves.
There's just no pleasing these people.
A couple of weeks ago, Rep. Ted Yoho, (R-Fla), expressed openness to investigating President Barack Obama's birth certificate, and — despite being yet another completely useless distraction for Congress — remained hopeful that a birther investigation may get rid of everything President Obama has done in office. A fresh start, if you will.
Donald Trump also made news this weekend for once again raising the same questions about President Obama's birth certificate, and even taking a shot at Senator Ted Cruz's own presidential citizenship qualifications.
Despite the White House publishing President Obama's long-form birth certificate in April 2011, Washington Post-ABC News poll found last year that a third of self-identified Republicans and conservatives continue to suspect or believe that President Obama was born outside the United States.
That Republicans are prone to racism and large-government conspiracy theories should come to no one's surprise. I would go as far as to say those are only two reasons why a lot of us (liberals, progressives, Democrats, etc.) refuse to identify with the Republican Party. Nonetheless, racism, even that which is not blatantly stated, should never be taken lightly. Americans deserve better. Racist prejudice is something we as a country should not have to continue to put up with anymore, in whatever tone it is expressed. Against whomever.
We need to hold our elected officials accountable for their words and actions — especially if they're this absurd. They are our elected leaders. It is startling that so many known figures continue to push for an issue that has long ago been debunked as untrue, and worse yet, only started because President Obama is biracial and not just ethnically white.
65,899,660 voters that voted to re-elect President Obama didn't seem to care last election.
As far as Republicans needing to re-brand the party and stop saying “stupid” and “idiotic” things. Dear GOP, you're doing it wrong.