President Donald Trump tweeted a quote from an evangelical pastor and staunch Trump supporter on Sunday warning that America would be thrust into another Civil War if the president is impeached — and one Republican lawmaker was having none of it.
According to The Washington Post, Trump quoted the word of extreme caution Pastor Robert Jeffress’ made on Fox & Friends Weekend, which included the threat of dire consequences should Democrats follow through on impeachment.
“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,” the president tweeted, adding his own thoughts to the quote in parenthesis.
Trump’s tweet drew scorn from many on social media, including one Republican congressman who accused the president of inciting violence and making light of the reality true civil war brings.
“I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. @realDonaldTrump I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) tweeted. Kinzinger is “a decorated Air Force veteran who served as a pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan,” The Post noted. “This is beyond repugnant.”
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) was among those who condemned the president’s remarks on Twitter, writing, “This is just a reprehensible way to talk and people could get hurt. It’s clear now [Trump] will allow the Republican Party to eat itself and will tear the country apart if he thinks it gives him an advantage of any kind.”
Vox’s Aaron Rupar noted on Twitter that Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani made a similar remark over the weekend, appealing to Democrats for “equal treatment under the law” in order to preserve “domestic tranquility.”