President Obama introduced a comprehensive plan to tackle gun violence on Wednesday, surrounded by children who wrote to him after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who has already threatened to impeach Obama over his efforts, attacked Obama for inviting concerned children to his press conference.
Speaking with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday night, Stockman explained his intent to pursue impeachment if Obama tried to use executive orders to combat gun violence. Stockman ended the interview by comparing Obama’s “use” of children to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, a claim so absurd that even Van Susteren rejected it:
STOCKMAN: If he thinks his bills are good, his law is good, then he should go through Congress, not just issue it. He’s not a king.
VAN SUSTEREN: Well, we’ll find out tomorrow whether or not he’s going to do executive orders or whether or not he may ultimately seek to work with Congress on something.
STOCKMAN: He’s even using children. It reminds me of Saddam Hussein when he used kids.
VAN SUSTEREN: Uh, well that’s a little bit of a stretch, but anyway, Congressman, always nice to see you.