Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy called for the impeachment of President Joe Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday, claiming their handling of the border crisis is “impeachable.”
The call came in Roy’s tweet on Monday that said, “Total encounters: 205,029. Total known gotaways: 37,400,” Roy tweeted. “1.3 million for [Fiscal Year] 21 so far. Largest monthly encounter number since 2000.”
Roy added in another tweet, “It’s time to draw a line in the sand, for the sake of our country, our communities, our kids, and those who seek to come here.
“It’s time to impeach @SecMayorkas for failing to uphold immigration law, enforce Title 42, and secure our border.”
Jesse Kelly, a political commentator, tweeted, “What Joe Biden is doing at our border is impeachable. It’s more impeachable than Watergate. This is an attack on the sovereignty of America and it’s coming from the Oval Office. Republicans should move to impeach after 2022.”
Roy shared Kelly’s tweet, adding, “Co-sponsor,” and the hashtags #ImpeachBiden #ImpeachMayorkas.
According to Kelly’s comment, the impeachment would not help unless it took place after the 2022 midterms. With Democrats in control of the House and Senate, any effort to impeach Biden would be unsuccessful.
If Republicans can flip the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections, there could be enough votes to proceed with a successful impeachment vote, both for Biden and Mayorkas.
Roy is not the first who has wanted to impeach Biden over the border crisis, but his words represent one of the first serious efforts to mount a challenge to Biden, along with a budding plan of when and how it could happen.
If Democrats lose big during the midterms, Republicans may also run into a situation in which they would not need to impeach Biden. Why not? Strategists has considered two options. First, Biden will be effectively neutralized by Republicans who could block any new Democrat legislation.
Second, some have suggested Democrats could consider pushing Biden out of office themselves after the midterms. If Biden appears to be under threat of impeachment or unable to make a run for reelection, Vice President Kamala Harris could be pushed into leadership as a Democrat alternative.
Unfortunately for Democrats, Harris has also not polled favorably lately, making this option less viable than originally thought. Some Democrats have even considered running a new candidate in 2024 who would have a stronger chance against a comeback run by former President Donald Trump or another Republican candidate.
The future remains wide open on many of these issues, but Roy and others continue to grow impatient. We’re not talking about minor issues. With more than 6,000 illegal immigrants crossing the southern border each day, our nation is becoming flooded with an overwhelming number of new people, most of whom do not speak the language, have legal status or even have a COVID-19 test.
Many Americans would gladly join Roy’s plan to impeach Biden. But unless something major changes, conservatives will have to wait patiently until at least the end of 2022 to seriously consider it.