Add Allen West to the chorus of Republicans falsely claiming that that whole impeachment thing is coming from Democrats. What makes this one especially amusing is that West has been sending out fundraising emails for months asking people to send him money to advance the cause of impeachment. But now he’s telling his followers not to fall for the impeachment trap:
You just have to hand it to the Democrats. They are not incompetent – evil, yes — but not incompetent. They’ve now successfully made the word “impeachment” verboten in America. In fact, they’ve managed to turn it into political heyday as they celebrate fundraising records based on generating fear among their base over something that’s not happening…
Do not take the bait from Obama and the Democrats, even though we all know his unilateral negotiations with a terrorist organization to release five senior members of the Taliban truly represent a high crime and misdemeanor.
But here’s what he’s been saying for months:
West’s warning about the dangers of impeachment stand in stark contrast to what he’s been saying on the issue for months. In June, following the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, West called on the House of Representatives to “draft articles of impeachment as no one is above the law in America.”
While he now claims impeachment is “not happening,” fundraising emails he recently sent to his followers struck a decidedly different note. For example, on July 10, after fellow Fox News contributor Sarah Palin joined the conservative calls for impeachment, West sent out an email soliciting “emergency contribution[s]” to help his PAC distribute a survey asking people whether the House should impeach the president. According to West, Palin’s support for impeachment was evidence “This movement is far from over….it’s gaining speed!” He also described impeachment as a “growing movement” and a “huge grassroots movement.”On June 28, West asked for “emergency donation[s]” to his PAC, telling subscribers, “the time has come to hold [Obama] accountable.” West pointed to House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit targeting the president as the “initial steps that I believe will lead to impeachment.”
In a June 19 email to subscribers with the subject line, “Breaking- Enough votes to impeach Obama?”, West touted comments from Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) claiming the House “probably” had enough votes to impeach the president. Once again asking for an “emergency donation,” West explained, “Now – more than ever – we need to get the Guardian Fund’s impeachment survey into the hands of every conservative in America.”
Hey, whatever works, right? Consistency and reality matter not.