Ex-Fox News Security Analyst Accuses Trump Of Inciting “Sedition”
Retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former Fox News analyst Ralph Peters accused President Donald Trump of sedition this week for tweeting a quote that warned of civil war if he is successfully impeached, according to Newsweek.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted a quote from evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress, adding his own parenthetical, that read: "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.”
On Monday, Peters told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Trump is undermining the U.S. Constitution and inciting violence by promoting such rhetoric.
Asked for his response to the tweet, Peters replied: "One word: sedition."
He went on to say that Trump is “inciting violence against the legitimate government of the United States and the constitutional order,” calling the president’s actions “a grave crime.”
“You can argue about the meaning of treason, what constitutes it, what doesn't—sedition is very clear cut,” he added.
"Also I have to say there's not going to be a civil war," Peters continued. "Knock that off. I've been hearing people on the extreme right saying it for years." The retired officer also noted "the irony of a draft-dodger talking up war."
As the impeachment inquiry officially gets underway and Trump faces multiple investigations and re-election difficulties, the president’s current state can be summed up with one word, Peters said: fear.
"Trump, he's afraid. He's a frightened, frightened man," he said. "If he loses the election—and it's not a forgone conclusion that he will but if he does—he'll face the rest of his life in courtrooms...perhaps in prison." Peters added that Trump is "an embarrassment that cannot be measured."