Have House republicans scheduled impeachment hearings for President Obama starting Thursday? Well, not exactly.
Rumors of a campaign to impeach President Obama in 2013 got started on Monday afternoon and are now reaching a fever pitch thanks to the satirical website The Daily Currant, which reported that House republican Michele Bachman had issued a resolution to impeach President Obama and scheduled impeachment hearings to begin this Thursday. According to The Daily Currant, which deals in non-factual stories, the congresswoman wants President Obama ousted due to "his inability to halt the federal government shutdown [which] makes him unfit for office."
It is true that there were some utterances over the weekend from one Republican Party member, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, about impeaching President Obama. But the story that an impeachment hearing has been scheduled and will begin Thursday is completely false. For those who are curious about how the rumor got started and what is actually true concerning a call to impeach President Obama, please read on.
Impeach Obama Fact: Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst Calls For President Obama Impeachment At Tarrant County Tea Party Meeting
OK, so we'll begin here with the facts. On Monday, at the Northeast Tarrant County Tea Party meeting, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was found saying some pretty bold things concerning the president, going so far as to say he deserves impeachment. First reported by The Texas Observer, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst reportedly said:
"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. I don't know about you, but Barack Obama ought to be impeached ... not only for trampling on our liberties, but what he did in Benghazi is just a crime."
The idea of impeaching President Obama is one that is not unfamiliar to the state of Texas; however, up to this point, such a public and pointed declaration by a high profile Republican Party member has yet to be made — until yesterday. Citing issues with Banghazi, Obamacare, immigration and more as key reasons he believes the president deserves impeachment, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst expanded on his comment in an interview with The Texas Observer:
"I think this president, Barack Obama, has disregarded federal law. He's tried to do things which are not authorized under federal law, such as with immigration, such as not following our federal drug laws," he said. "He's created winners and losers out of Obamacare where he has no authority, such as allowing for unions and big businesses to postpone their mandate for a year." Lt. Gov. Dewhurst then went on to say, "I'm very concerned about Benghazi, in which 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. At least that's what it tells me ... and for not mobilizing some response to protect the ambassador and those three Americans is just outrageous to me. Just outrageous."
Though Dewhurst told The Texas Observer that he made the statement as a private citizen, still, it didn't take long for satirical websites such as The Daily Currant to get a hold of the news and turn it into a viral farce that is circulating the web at a breakneck pace.
Impeach Obama Hoax: House Republicans Schedule Obama Impeachment Hearings
OK, so here's where things get blown out of proportion. The Daily Currant, which is a self-proclaimed satirical website, posted a story entitled, "House Republicans Schedule Obama Impeachment Hearings," and in it the article claims that House Representative Michele Bachmann, who is known for her vocal disapproval of President Obama, is said to have issued a resolution to impeach President Obama and thereby referred the matter to the House Judiciary Committee. The article cites some hoax-y sources saying "Senior aides close to judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte say hearings will begin Thursday."
WATCH: Michele Bachmann Agrees With Impeach Obama Wish
As one reads through the article they can catch a hint of the satire as one portion states why the Republican Party lays blame on the president for the government shutdown which is now in it's third week.
"Although most polls show that a majority of Americans blame Republicans for the shutdown, many in the Tea Party feel President Obama is at fault for not immediately acquiescing to their demands."
The article then goes on to describe the steps in the process towards impeaching President Obama: "Hearings in the judiciary committee are expected to last for two weeks, after which the committee will create specific impeachment charges and refer them to the full House. If a majority of House members vote to impeach the President, the matter is referred to the Senate, where the Democratic majority makes ultimate success unlikely."
While some may say the article sounds perfectly legitimate, it is important to note that The Daily Currant makes quite clear that they are satire. In their "About Us" statement, the site declares,
"The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media ... Our mission is to ridicule the timid ignorance which obstructs our progress, and promote intelligence - which presses forward ... Our stories are purely fictional. However,they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world."
Despite the disclaimer, there are some blogs and websites citing this report as absolute truth — not to mention the reports of presidential impeachment hearings circulating around social media as well. If you have heard some of these rumors being passed about, then we would encourage you to share this article with others so that they may access actual facts concerning the call to impeach President Obama.
Tweets About Obama Impeachment Hearings Hoax:
Did anyone else know that Obama's impeachment hearings begin Thursday?? That's awesome!
— Trevor Richardson (@trevrichuga) October 15, 2013
http://t.co/Oei0pkwZNF Oh shit.. — Nick (@NickNesterr) October 15, 2013
— Cotyboston (@Cotyannboston) October 15, 2013
Hey guys lets start a Government Shutdown and than blame the Black Guy and get him fired. http://t.co/NeBt6HjBi1 — TT cool J (@TJRyan8) October 15, 2013
@Markiemarkie210 hey pat! Did you hear that the house Republicans are scheduling impeachment hearings for Obama? What are your thoughts?
— Alyssa Johnson (@lyssalove92) October 15, 2013
Absurd. The house republicans are children. Bad children who need discipline. http://t.co/2oFNqOH83o — Jessica Abramson (@jessica_joan) October 15, 2013
If this happens I'll be so happy! House Republicans Schedule Obama Impeachment Hearings - The Daily Currant - http://t.co/NFiNPlHv2o
— The Chad (@Living_Indy) October 15, 2013
It's about damn time http://t.co/nd8V510mnW — Rob Riley (@XxRobRileyxX) October 15, 2013