Politics

South Dakota GOP Calls For Obama's Impeachment

| by Emily Smith

The state convention of the South Dakota Republican Party passed a resolution Saturday calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.

The resolution alleged that Obama has “violated his oath of office in numerous ways.” One charge includes Obama’s decision to trade five Taliban combatants for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Other charges includes Obama’s claim that Americans who like their insurance can keep it under Obamacare and his recent Environmental Protection Agency proposal that would curb emissions from coal power plants.

“I’ve got a thick book on impeachable offenses of the president,” Allen Unruh, the former congressional candidate who sponsored the resolution, said.

While Unruh believes the resolution will call on South Dakota to send a symbolic message for liberty to be the law of the land, some delegates have disapproved of the idea.

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David Wheeler of Beadle County insisted that the resolution would make the convention look petty, or appear as if the party could not achieve its own goals through the political process. South Dakota Democratic Chair Deb Knecht also commented on the resolution, noting that instead of making working and middle class families a priority, the state Republican party chose to busy themselves with impeaching Obama.

“Out of touch Tea Party politics aren’t going to create good jobs, protect the middle class or grow the economy,” Knecht said.

Despite the objections to the resolution, it was passed with a majority of 191 to 176 votes.

In response to the passing of the resolution, Rep. Kristi Noem, South Dakota’s only delegate in the House of Representatives, argued that impeachment may not be the “best way” to approach Obama’s wrongdoings.

In a statement from her office, Noem suggested that the ideal way to hold Obama accountable is by continuing aggressive committee oversight and holding investigations into administrative actions like the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, Benghazi and the recent exchange of Taliban prisoners. 

Sources: ThinkProgress, Argus Leader