On Tuesday’s “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel, Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman, who recently suggested President Barack Obama should be impeached if he uses executive orders to infringe on gun rights, compared the president to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
President Obama will announce his plan to address gun violence on Wednesday, flanked by children from around the country. (RELATED: White House to carefully stage Wednesday gun proposals)
“He is even using children,” Stockman said. “It reminds me of Saddam Hussein when you use kids.”
Republicans are tired of being pushed around by the White House, Stockman added, noting that legislators have considered a variety of ways to resist executive overreach.
“We want all tools available to use, including that impeachment,” Stockman said. “But I think that the limelight focused on that, but we talked [about] lawsuits [and] stopping the funding. And the reason we’re doing this is because we have a president who stepped over the line. … Most executive orders are really meant for the executive branch. He’s using it really for legislative and skipping the Congress. That’s a violation of the Constitution. ” (RELATED: Why is Stockman thinking about impeaching the president?)
“A lot of people are frustrated with the Republicans [for] not fighting back, and I for one was, too. I was on the sidelines, and got involved with Congress, and I said enough is enough, and we need to stand up and fight. And I said these kind of tools are available to us, and we’re going to use every tool possible to fight an administration which wants to abrogate the Constitution.”
Host Greta Van Susteren asked Stockman what he would do if President Obama announced on Wednesday that he wants to unilaterally ban assault weapons.
“I think we outlined multiple avenues,” Stockman replied. “It’s defending the Constitution in any ways we can legally, and that process has many different avenues. We’re willing to take those to defend the Constitution. I think it the right thing to do.”