President Donald Trump on Sunday ominously raised the possibility of violence if he is removed from office, quoting an evangelical pastor who warned on Fox News of a “Civil War-like” fracture.
Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran of Iraq, quickly slammed Trump’s tweet as “beyond repugnant,” adding: “I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President.”
“I have never seen them more angry,” Jeffress, a right-wing megachurch pastor based in Dallas and powerful Trump supporter, said of evangelicals.
As many as 750,000 men were killed in the Civil War, according to a 2012 study by historians ― by far the greatest toll of any war in U.S. history. An earlier estimate of 620,000 Civil War deaths approximately equaled the total American fatalities in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War combined, the National Park Service says.
Jeffress, who also preaches on radio and TV, has said that Jews are going to hell. He has characterized both Islam and Mormonism as heresies from the “pit of hell,” and called evangelical Christians who don’t support Trump “morons.”
....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
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) also slammed Trump’s tweet.
“This is just a reprehensible way to talk and people could get hurt,” Schatz warned. He added that this “isn’t about partisan teams anymore.”
This is just a reprehensible way to talk and people could get hurt. This isn’t about partisan teams anymore - it’s clear now he 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. https://t.co/Sg2U76BYFS— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) September 30, 2019
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) cited Trump’s warning in a tweet and wondered if Republicans will now support the impeachment inquiry against the president — and condemn him in “strong, unequivocal terms.”
Hey @brianschatz - question:— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 30, 2019
The President just said that if Congress impeaches him, his suppporters will rise up in armed insurrection. “Civil War”, he says.
So tomorrow will Senate Republicans
a. support impeachment inquiry; or
b. condemn him in strong unequivocal terms
In addition to the outrage expressed by politicians against Trump’s tweet, other followers of the president were stunned:
if Obama had ever openly called for a civil war, Fox News would have totally lost their collective minds. Hannity would have shit red-hot cinder blocks. the incandescent furor from the wingnut outrage-industrial complex would have torn a fucking hole in the space/time continuum— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) September 30, 2019
Any president who would prefer civil war to being removed from office does not love their country and is certainly not serving it— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) September 30, 2019
And Democrats:— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) September 30, 2019
Isn’t promoting Civil War another article of impeachment?
I think so.
A president calling for their own country’s civil war is a “high crime”— Liddle’ LeGate 🇺🇸 (@williamlegate) September 30, 2019
Don’t @ me.
So far this weekend, Donald Trump has called for executing whistleblowers and members of Congress, and threatened a new civil war if the impeachment process continues.— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) September 30, 2019
That’s the president* doing this. Does anyone see a problem with that?
CORRECTION: This article has been updated to reflect that modern estimates of the losses in the Civil War are 750,000 Americans killed.
Also on HuffPost
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.