Rep. Tim Scott made history last year as the first Black Republican elected to Congress from South Carolina in more than a century. The anti-gay Tea Party favorite has now suggested the President should be impeached if he raises the debt ceiling.
"This president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us. My position is that is an impeachable act," Rep. Scott said a local Tea Party meeting this week. "This is catastrophic [and] jeopardizes the credibility of our nation if one man can usurp the entire system set up by our founding fathers."
The United States faces the unprecedented specter of defaulting on its public debt in the event that the debt ceiling is not raised by August 2. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has suggested the debt limit might be unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment, and the President does not need congressional approval to raise it.
Obama did not rule out this an option during Wednesday's tweetup, but insisted the situation should not escalate to that level.
This is definitely one way for a Black Republican to curry favor with the Tea Party and GOP base. Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP ...