Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger on President Donald Trump’s ‘Civil War’ threat: ‘Beyond repugnant’ – USA TODAY
In a series of tweets, President Trump attacked accusers in the whistleblower allegations and touted a pastor’s “civil war” prediction if he is impeached.
WASHINGTONÂ â Republican congressmanÂ and Air Force veteranÂ Adam KinzingerÂ slammed President Donald Trump for suggesting that his impeachment could lead to a “Civil War.”
âIf 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,â Trump tweeted on Sunday, quoting Robert Jeffress, an evangelical pastor and loyal Trump supporter who appeared on âFox & Friends Weekend.â
The suggestion of a civil war was met with widespreadÂ backlash â even from Trumpâs own party, including Kinzinger, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
âI have visited nations ravaged by civil war,â the Illinois lawmakerÂ tweeted. âI have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant.â
Jeffress, who said in the Fox interview that he has ânever seen them more angryâ when talking about evangelicals, has elicited controversy in the past for his sentiments toward the LGBT community, Mormons and Muslims, who he claimedÂ practice a religion that “promotes pedophilia.”
He was appointed as one of Trump’s evangelical advisers and gained national attention when he claimed that “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un,”Â invoking the Bible’s book of Romans to do so.
Trumpâs tweet came amid House Democrats’ investigation ofÂ allegations that he tried to coerce Ukraine President Volodymyr ZelenskyÂ into investigating an American political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
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Trump also accused Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff of misrepresenting his conversation with Zelensky, tweeting “I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason.”
Trump’s civil war tweet went viral, and #CivilWar2 and #CivilWarSignup were trending on Twitter.
âLincoln created the Republican Party and gave his life in order to save the Union,â Rep. Jamie Raskin tweeted in responseÂ Monday.â Trump ruined the Republican Party and now threatens to destroy the Union in order to save his job.âÂ
Contributing:Â Joshua Bote andÂ David Jackson, USA TODAY