Herman Cain took the conservative rhetoric of “impeachment bait” to the next level on Thursday by theorizing that President Obama is actually trying to get impeached in order to “laugh at the Republicans.”
“I believe that he’ll do it, and here’s why,” Cain explained in a radio interview. “First, it’s going to stimulate some lawsuits and he knows that it’ll take time for those lawsuits to make their way through the court system.”
“So they’ll play upon the slowness of the justice system,” he said. “The whole reason that he would do that is to try and get the Hispanic vote of November of this year.”
“They are padding Democrat votes for this upcoming election,” he added.
The former presidential candidate and current radio host delivered the remarks in an interview with Trunews, which touts itself as “the only newscast reporting the countdown to the second coming of Jesus Christ.”
Cain went on to claim that the Democrats would rather Obama be impeached than talk frankly about issues such as national security or the economy.
The idea that the president is intentionally provoking impeachment appeared on Fox News earlier this month from contributor Charles Krauthammer and “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade.
Similarly, leaders within the GOP like House Speaker John Boehner have claimed impeachment talk has been coming from the president’s own staff, as a “scam” to raise money for the Democratic Party.
Polling data, on the other hand, suggests “impeachment fever” is real for the base of the GOP, with around 60 percent of Republicans in favor of impeaching and removing Obama from office.