Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obama's executive order on immigration Thursday.
"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 said on Capital Download. "You're going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could see violence."
Coburn, 66, is a conservative Republican but one who has a personal relationship with Obama. They entered the Senate in the same class, elected in 2004, and the new senators from opposite ends of the political spectrum and their spouses immediately hit it off at an orientation dinner. Last year, the president wrote a tribute in Time magazine to Coburn as "someone who speaks his mind (and) sticks to his principles."
"I really like the guy," Coburn, 66, told USA TODAY's weekly video newsmaker series Wednesday. "I thought he's neat, and I think Michelle's a neat lady."
That history gives Coburn's stark assessment a special sting. On immigration, he accuses Obama of acting like "an autocratic leader that's going to disregard what the Constitution says and make law anyway." He says changes in immigration policy require passage by Congress, not just the president's signature — a charge the White House disputes and on which legal experts disagree.
"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?"
Will mobs of whites be hanging Hispanics from trees and setting them on fire with tires about their necks (which I have heard was a favorite African National Congress method)?
I have called this morning the office of the President, the office of Diane Feinstein, the office of Barbara Boxer and the office of John Boehner. I have given the exact same dialogue and plea regarding representing America rather than amnesty to all offices. ONLY ONE REPRESENTATIVE HUNG UP ON ME - THE OFFICE OF JOHN BOEHNER! All the other offices were lovely, informative and very, very polite. John Boehner cannot stand being called a liberal Republican. He does not represent us, Tea Party.
The representative told me to call Ted Cruz. THAT is the leadership we have representing America in the fight against amnesty.
THATS A VERY GOOD POINT!F THE LAW !F PAYING TAXES TO A THEIF!F SUPPORTING A COWARDLY CONGRESS AND SENATE PAYING THEM 180 K A YEAR TO ALLOW OUR COUNTRY TO BE DESTRYOED!F O HE NEEDS TO GO!
I believe that when the Emperor makes his dictatorial announcement that he is granting amnesty to 5 million criminals tonight, there will be a lot of very unhappy people with guns.
I am afraid that there may be many casualties among the criminals, and that the criminals will inflict casualties upon the US citizens that attack them.
There will be gangs on both sides fighting with each other, but there may also be otherwise law abiding citizens seeing this threat both to their family's well being and to the United States, who will take it upon themselves to "deport" these criminals.
I do NOT want to see violence but it is almost inevitable unless Congress announces, simultaneously, that they have defunded the measure even as Obama signs his proclamation.
So we might have large numbers of cars heading south containing people driving kidnapped illegal immigrants to the border? What a traffic nightmare!