Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has called for President Barack Obama's resignation, despite a new poll indicating U.S. voters would rather she keep her political views to herself.
In an article penned for conservative news site Breitbart, Palin compared the U.S. to a “battered wife” under Obama, stating, “Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president”.
In the article, Palin claims Obama has made “deliberate” efforts to allow a “flood of illegal immigrants” into the U.S.
“Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty, an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans [sic: U.S. citizens] for our jobs and limited public services,” she stated.
Accusing Obama of “rewarding lawlessness”, she claimed it's “time to impeach”.
“The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is,” she finished.
Palin is the latest in a handful of Republicans to demand Obama's impeachment. However, her call to arms has received few responses from lawmakers in Washington. Republican House Speaker John Boehner has told reporters he “disagreed” with Palin, according to the Washington Post; while Republican senator John McCain recently stated he wouldn't support calls for impeachment. Palin was McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential elections.
Palin´s comments may also have limited resonance among U.S. voters. Most voters want her to be less outspoken in political debates, according to a new poll from NBC News, Wall Street Journal and Annenberg.
The poll found 54% of voters would rather not hear what she has to say, including nearly 40% of Republicans and most independents.
The poll surveyed just over a thousand registered voters between 30 June and 7 July.
In a recent op-ed, the Wall Street Journal's editorial board labeled Palin a “fading star”, and argued her demand for impeachment “could mean that the former Alaska Governor has been feeling neglected”