Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Hazleton) claimed while talking to a radio host on Monday that he thought a vote for the impeachment of President Obama could pass the House of Representatives, though he admitted that he was not sure that the American people would be in favor of such actions.
“He’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws, and ignoring the checks and balances,” Barletta said. “The problem is, you know, what do you do? For those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws. Could that pass in the House? It probably, it probably could. Is the majority the American people in favor of impeaching the president? I’m not sure.”
In explaining why such a dramatic move could be plausible, Barletta referenced the recent defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor by little-known Tea Party candidate David Brat in thestate’s Republican primary.
“What happened in Virginia you’re going to see happen around the country,” he said. “If [constituents] don’t feel that you’re standing up for them they’re going to throw you out and they’re going to send someone else in … There’s a big message here that people in Washington better pay close attention to.”
The Democratic National Committee picked up on the comment quickly, sending out a reactionary press release.
“So while Republicans are confident a political vote as outrageous and ill-founded as this could pass, let’s not forget all the commonsense initiatives they refuse to even bring up for a vote,” the release claimed, mentioning immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, and ensuring equal pay for women as issues that more than two-thirds of Americans approve of.
“Republicans in the House are clearly committed to playing politics and relying on outrageous rhetoric instead of doing the job they were elected to do – standing up for the interests of the American people,” the press release concluded.