Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Friday criticized President Obama’s executive order blocking deportations of some illegal immigrants brought to the country as children, slamming the move as an overreach by the president but also contending that it sets a “powerful precedent” for conservatives.
That precedent? The authority to suspend laws at will.
And in a series of tongue-in-cheek, late-night tweets, Gingrich took Obama to task, contending that conservatives should draft their own list of laws from which “DREAMers” should be exempted, including the national health care law and the current tax code.
@NewtGingrich: “Now we know-commander in chief has been replaced by ‘dreamer in chief’ the constitution has been replaced by the whims of our chief dreamer.”
@NewtGingrich: “President Obama has created powerful precedent for conservatives! If president can suspend laws he doesn’t like what will we suspend in 2013.”
@NewtGingrich: “If dreamers should have the law suspended (Obama quote today) then let’s have a conservative dreamer suspension list-opportunities abound.”
@NewtGingrich: “As a start dreamers should be able to check an ‘I am a dreamer’ box on the income tax form and be exempted-dreamers should keep the money.”
@NewtGingrich: “Under the Obama ‘dreamer’ rule why shouldn’t dreamers keep their money so they can invest in their dreams-Obama has started a trend.”