Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold told an audience that if the House were to go to vote today, there would be enough votes in to impeach President Obama.
The conversation, which took place during a public speaking at a civic center in Luling, Texas, was caught on video by a woman asking a question regarding the president’s birth certificate. You can view the footage above.
“You tie into a question I get a lot: ‘If everyone’s so unhappy with the president’s done, why don’t you impeach him?’ 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. But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn’t be convicted.”
“I think unfortunately the horse is already out of the barn on this, on the whole birth certificate issue. The original Congress when his eligibility came up should have looked into it and they didn’t. I’m not sure how we fix it.”
The congressman then continued on to explain the impeachment process to the audience, going through the House vote and onto the second step of the trial in the Senate. Rep. Farenthold explained how a failed impeachment could actually harm American society.
We saw what happened when President Clinton was impeached. I say this half in jest and half seriously because it’s easy to laugh at President Clinton, but as a result of impeaching President Clinton, we’ve redefined what sex is to a lot of our young people and we’ve said it’s okay to lie to Congress. I think that’s been woven into the thread of our society. That failed impeachment attempt actually damaged the country. What message do we send to America if we impeach Obama and he gets away with what he’s impeached for, is found innocent? What do we say then is okay?