Glenn Beck on Thursday warned that President Barack Obama will make himself an "emperor" if he takes executive action on immigration. And Beck said those aren't his words -- they're the president's.
President Obama was asked in February of 2013 why he had not yet taken action to stop the deportation of illegals, and he responded: "I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed, and Congress right now has not changed what I consider to be a broken immigration system."
But after years of saying it would violate America's laws for him to act unilaterally, President Obama will deliver a speech Thursday night in which he is expected to announce he is doing just that.
Beck said the president cannot have it both ways. Either he believes that acting unilaterally on immigration is wrong and would make him an "emperor," or he had "every intention of doing it on his own; he is an emperor; he doesn't think the Constitution works; he doesn't care if he violates the laws."
"Which is it, Mr. President?" Beck demanded. "How can you say these things? When he ran in 2008, he ran against executive orders. He said the president cannot do these things. And he was quoted saying, 'I'm a constitutional law scholar so I know the Constitution, and this is a violation of the Constitution.'"
Beck said if the president announces he is going to take executive action on immigration, it is an "impeachable offense," and that is according to the president's prior statements on the matter.
"He's basically saying what [Johnathan Gruber] has been saying: 'You're stupid,'" Beck remarked. "'I just told you for the last seven years I can't do any of these things. It's against our traditions. It's against our Constitution. It's a violation of our laws. It's wrong to do it. It would make me an emperor. I've just said that for the last seven years. And you people are so stupid, I'm going to do it and make one speech, and you will swallow it.'"
Beck warned Democrats that if President Obama is allowed to act unilaterally, it opens the door to "President Ted Cruz" saying he is simply not going to enforce tax laws that collect more than 15 percent of your income.
"I personally would celebrate," Beck said. "But that's not the way our system works. Do you want that to happen? Because that's what this door opens."
Beck said President Obama's announcement tonight is "the crossing of the Rubicon," a moment you cannot come back from.
"You have made a dictator. This is the moment," Beck said. "If you don't stand up against this, what do you think he's going to do next?"
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