A top candidate for the Republican Party in Alabama has made a sweeping appeal for impeachment against President Barack Obama.
In a speech in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday, former Alabama governor Robert Bentley called on the Republican-controlled House to impeach Obama.
“This president is a tyrant and he should be in jail,” Bentley said.
“He’s a fraud.
He’s a liar, a fraud and a cheat.”
The Alabama Republican Party’s Rules Committee said in a statement that Bentley’s speech was “extremely inappropriate and inappropriate for an Alabama political party.”
“It is extremely inappropriate for a Republican to support the impeachment of the president of the United States, a position that is the height of hypocrisy and disrespect for the office,” the statement said.
A former Alabama Supreme Court justice and two-term U.S. attorney, Bentley lost his bid for re-election to Democratic incumbent Luther Strange in November after the former governor said Obama should be “impeached.”
In February, Bentley, who served from 2009 to 2016, said that the former president’s birth certificate is a “fraud” and “fabricated” and that he “did not sign the original document.”
Bentley also said he believes Obama was born in Kenya.
Obama has said the document is a fraud, though Obama has said he has never questioned the authenticity of the document.