In Texas where far-right, Tea Party ideology has become a litmus test for Republicans, the state’s lieutenant governor, looking to burnish his extremist street cred, told a Tea Party gathering that President Barack Obama should be impeached.
“This election is about protecting you and your freedoms, which are given to you by God, but which are being trampled on by Barack Obama right now,” David Dewhurst, who is running for re-election, told the crowd at Concordia Lutheran Church, in Bedford, Tex., just outside of Fort Worth.
“I don’t know about you, but Barack Obama ought to be impeached,” he announced to the enthusiastic crowd. “Not only for trampling on our liberties, but what he did in Benghazi is just a crime.”
The occasion was a meeting of the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party Monday evening. The group gathered to hear speakers detail how the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated U.S. affairs, but were pleasantly surprised when Dewhurst showed up to court them.
In 2012 Dewhurst (pictured) ran for U.S. Senate but lost in the Republican primary to Tea Party standard-bearer Ted Cruz, who has become the leading public face of the government shutdown.
Though other Texas politicians have floated the idea of impeaching Obama, Dewhurst is the highest-ranking elected official in that state to put the idea out there, But he later said that he was speaking only as a “private citizen.”
Explaining to the Texas Observer his reasons for advocating Obama’s impeachment, Dewhurst reiterated the long-debunked internet conspiracy theory which claims that Obama watched the entire attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Bengazhi, Libya, via some kind of live video feed — but sat back and did nothing.
“All of the national news reporting indicated that live video was streaming into the White House. That means that there was an overhead platform, probably a drone in the area,” said Dewhurst. “At least that’s what it tells me.”
No evidence whatsoever has surfaced to indicate that Obama or anyone in the White House watched the Sept. 11, 2012, attack via live video or by any other means. The rumor likely began with a Fox News report saying only that two drones "capable of sending real time visuals back to U.S. officials in Washington, D.C." were in the skies "in the vicinity" of the attack.
When that carefully-worded report filtered down to Fox evening talk show host Sean Hannity, he ran with it, saying, "we know our state department watched in real time."