Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told host Bret Baier on “Special Report” Friday that President Barack Obama wants to “change the country” with his imminent signing of an executive order which will allow nearly five million illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. without the fear of deportation.
Krauthammer agreed with Washington Post columnist Charles Lane, who believes Obama wants to do this for the benefit of the Democrats. Democrats will likely benefit if this ultimately leads to the legalization of potential voters for the party. He added that Obama is also looking to enrage Republicans with this action, and bait them into invoking articles of impeachment or into another government shutdown.
Baier: [Democrats] know we have video, right?
Krauthammer: No. No one yet has told them. You know, Professor Gruber probably hasn’t yet informed them about the video tape. Apparently he forgot it exists as well. You know, you show the montage and then you say on the argument of whether it’s constitutional, the argument is over, you know, you rest your case with Obama making the case for you. The only question is why is he doing this? He knows he’s not supposed to do this. He has said so over and over. I’m not sure I buy the argument that he’s doing it because now that the elections are over, he’s susceptible to pressure. That doesn’t quite make sense. I think he’s now free of pressure groups, what he’s doing for the long run, this is legacy.
He looks at the presidency, he’s been in office six years, he passed one historic thing, Obamacare, which is now in deep jeopardy. Without that, he’ll have nothing. With this I think he thinks he’ll change the country. At least it’s another piece. He can do it unilaterally. He thinks he can get away with it. In the short term…he wants to enrage the Republicans. He’s lost an election badly, he wants road rage on their part. This is bait for impeachment or a shutdown, each of which would be disastrous.