New Florida Rep. Trey Radel Hints at Obama Impeachment Over Gun Control Executive Orders
Rep. Trey Radel, the former improv actor and conservative radio host who won Connie Mack IV's seat in Southwest Florida, is not impressed with the executive order President Obama unveiled today concerning gun control. In fact, he's already hinting at impeachment.
Radel, in a video interview with the Shark Tank, said that nothing should be off the table when it comes to Republican's reactions to the measure. That includes impeachment.
"And to be bipartisan for a second, the thing that I would stress to Democrats and Republicans: Let's say you're a big fan of President Obama, and you support everything that he's doing and you don't mind these executive orders and you want an executive order to ban guns and take guns away, to raise the debt ceiling with unlimited amounts of spending or ignore laws," said Radel. "What I would say to Democrats who are friends with President Obama right now is, ask yourself, what are you going to do when a Republican gets in, and you may not agree with or like very much, and begins doing the same thing?"
Fellow Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas had earlier this week threatened to file articles of impeachment if Obama unveiled new gun control policies. Ed Meese, a former Attorney General in the Reagan administration, has also said that he believed Obama could risk impeachment if he overstepped the Second Amendment with his executive orders.
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The Shark Tank doesn't indicate when Radel made the remarks, or if they were made before or after Obama's announcement.
Radel's argument against executive orders doesn't hold much historical water though.
According to an analysis, President Obama has so far issued the least amount of Executive Orders per days in office since President Grover Cleveland. By that measure he's issued less than both President George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. And, while it may have created a theoretical legal quagmire if he did indeed issue an unconstitutional executive order, it doesn't appear that any on the proposed list he issued today would directly conflict with the Second Amendment.
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