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David Axelrod, a former top adviser to President Obama, said Friday that Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was "way out of bounds" when he said Obama is getting close to an impeachable offense.

“It’s plainly absurd, but it’s worse than absurd," Axelrod said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," adding: "On this, I think he was way out of bounds.”

Coburn said at a town hall Wednesday that the president was getting "perilously close" to an impeachable offense.

Axelrod noted that Coburn, while discussing impeachment, also called the president a friend.

"Can you imagine how he treats people who aren't his friends?" Axelrod quipped.

Axelrod said politics has devolved into trying to disqualify the president. He acknowledged that Democrats did the same to President George W. Bush during his term, to some extent, but said Republicans are more guilty of it.

"Not just debate them, not just disagree with them, but render them illegitimate," Axelrod said. "And that is dangerous for this country."