Trump Threatens ‘Civil War’ If He’s Impeached, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger Calls Tweet ‘Beyond Repugnant’
President Donald Trump quoted an Evangelical pastor in a tweet on Sunday to say he believes his impeachment would lead to a “civil war” and one Republican congressman blasted Trump for the post.
“If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal,” Trump wrote citing Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress, who made the remark in an interview on Fox News over the weekend.
As Trump faces impeachment for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 election, his white evangelical apologists are not backing down. Here’s Southern Baptist Robert Jeffress… pic.twitter.com/wYHhSldT3f
— Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (@wilsonhartgrove) September 29, 2019
….If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” Pastor Robert Jeffress, @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2019
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois), an Iraq War veteran, quickly rebuked Trump for his comment. Kinzinger noted his experiences traveling abroad and seeing countries torn apart by civil wars before calling Trump’s tweet “beyond repugnant.”
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) September 30, 2019
Several other people on Twitter also condemned Trump for his tweet quoting Jeffress. Many users accused the president of inciting violence:
Please be aware that I don’t want *any* civil war talk on my feed—from *anyone*, on any tweet, in any permutation. I noted the dangerous comments of Trump, his lawyer, and his surrogate because they’re newsworthy and the public must be aware of them—*not* to start a conversation.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) September 30, 2019
Trump’s “civil war” tweet may be hot air, but it’s no joke. A president in office tweeting about civil war is like a pilot talking about a bomb midair. And any fool fantasizing about its coming has never truly absorbed one word, one moment, one glimpse of American history.
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) September 30, 2019
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 30, 2019
The American Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in US history — it’s estimated up to 750k were killed. Tonight, Trump in a tweet suggested there would be a “Civil War like fracture” if he’s impeached and removed from office. https://t.co/qvz0gDfQJZ
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) September 30, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) announced on Tuesday that Democrats would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump over his call with Ukraine’s government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.