Sen. Coburn Fears ‘Anarchy’ & ‘Violence’ After Obama Exec Amnesty

Sen. Coburn Fears ‘Anarchy’ & ‘Violence’ After Obama Exec Amnesty

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is concerned that President Barack Obama’s forthcoming executive amnesty may lead to anarchy and violence. 

“The country’s going to go nuts, because they’re going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it’s going to be a very serious situation,” Coburn told USA Today on Wednesday. “You’re going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. … You could see violence.”

Coburn added that Obama, who will make a Thursday evening announcement on his executive amnesty, will be acting like “an autocratic leader that’s going to disregard what the Constitution says and make law anyway.”

“Instead of having the rule of law handling in our country today, now we’re starting to have the rule of rulers, and that’s the total antithesis of what this country was founded on,” Coburn says. “Here’s how people think: Well, if the law doesn’t apply to the president … then why should it apply to me?”

Coburn, who is retiring after this Congress, said in August of 2013 that Obama was “perilously close” to impeachment with his lawlessness. But Coburn, who has not been a reflexively anti-Obama Senator, added that he still personally likes Obama.
“I really like the guy,” Coburn said. “I thought he’s neat, and I think Michelle’s a neat lady.”
When Obama was running for president in 2008, he often cited Coburn–and their partnership on the so-called “Google for Government” transparency bill–as someone from the other side of the aisle with whom he got along. 


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