A long shot GOP Senate candidate said members of the House of Representatives are refraining from moving to impeach President Barack Obama because of what news coverage of an impeachment of a black president would look like.
In an interview with The Daily Times Herald of Iowa, Senate Candidate Sam Clovis said the reason Obama hasn’t been impeached yet is a “practical matter.”
“I don’t think so and I’ll tell you why. It’s not that what he has done would not rise to the level where it might be impeachable,” Clovis said. “I don’t think it’s a practical, pragmatic issue and simply because I don’t think the nation is ready for it. You know, within this generation we just went through an impeachment of a president and it didn’t end well and now we have a situation where race is thrown into the card as well. And whether we like it or not, race is an issue.”
The Daily Times Herald asked Clovis if he thought Congress wasn’t trying to impeach Obama because of his skin color.
“Not knowing, I haven’t talked to anybody [sic],” Clovis said. “But I would say there are people in the House of Representatives right now that would very much like to take the opportunity to start the process and I think the reason that they’re not is because they’re concerned about the media.”
Clovis was then asked if he members of Congress are worried about what it would look like in news coverage to impeach the president because he’s black. Clovis simply responded “yes.”
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