On Sunday, President Donald Trump shared a lengthy quote from Evangelical pastor and Trump spiritual adviser Robert Jeffress.
The controversial Evangelical pastor—who has drawn criticism for Islamaphobic, antisemitic, xenophobic, homophobic and misogynistic statements—appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend to defend Trump as the impeachment inquiry gets under way.
Trump shared four tweets in a thread to quote the pastor. But it was the final part of Jeffress' Fox News comments that drew the most ire for both the reverend and the President.
In it, Jeffress states:
"If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office, it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal."
In his sharing of the quote, Trump added "(which they will never be)."
People reacted to the President of the United States sharing any rhetoric which seeks to undermine the Constitution.
Including Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke.
Our president is threatening a Civil War. This is a constitutional crisis, but it's more than that: It's a threat o… https://t.co/caRUhgKACl— Beto O'Rourke (@Beto O'Rourke)1569851559.0
O'Rourke pointed out the dangers of violent rhetoric.
He was not alone in his assessment.
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews Twisted religious fanatic, Pastor Robert Jeffress, is radicalizing young men to commit ac… https://t.co/lSd4nuco9u— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1569811343.0
@BettyBowers @realDonaldTrump @FoxNews @IRStaxpros https://t.co/GnuCLKl55W— Jay (@Jay)1569883674.0
Tonight's twitter meltdown by the US President, filled with threats and lies, is not helping his case against impea… https://t.co/PEKqT2fwgn— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild)1569806748.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews The President threatens Civil War if Congress tries to hold him accountable. https://t.co/qVZiFb1red— Morten Øverbye (@Morten Øverbye)1569806970.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews What deranged individual puts himself so high above Country he would see a Civil War rath… https://t.co/h9YmcpzKOg— Morten Øverbye (@Morten Øverbye)1569807094.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews You and Jeffress are such drama queens. I know math isn't your thing, but it'll take the… https://t.co/t8mIGw0vCX— Facts Do Matter (@Facts Do Matter)1569810986.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews go to bed, Demented President Grandpa, you're sundowning again. tomorrow will be a brand… https://t.co/41lvbPdFRi— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1569806296.0
@itsJeffTiedrich @realDonaldTrump @FoxNews This is impeachable behavior. No President should ever engage this topic in this manner.— Steward Beckham (@Steward Beckham)1569806337.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews You're getting impeached—and getting voted out—and going to hell. Jeffress will join you there.— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz)1569816114.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews How is it that you are not being held accountable for your incitement? You just supported… https://t.co/9FsQw0PQZl— David Weissman (@David Weissman)1569821014.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews That's dictatorship 101 right there. Calling on a civil war if removed from office... Oh boy.— RebelRob (@RebelRob)1569825439.0
A few of Trump's supporters let everyone know they got the message loud and clear though.
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews It's possible! America will always stand with President Trump!— MatthewJshow (@MatthewJshow)1569806029.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews I'm ready to fight in a future Civil War IF THE DEMOCRATS TRAMPLE ON MY PRESIDENT. BE CAREFUL LEFTIES...— O. Robson, Ed.S (@O. Robson, Ed.S)1569866550.0
For the people who said Trump's tweet was harmless, their vows to violently oppose anyone upholding the Constitutional role of Congress was telling.
The House of Representatives announced they would begin the process of an impeachment inquiry in accordance with the checks and balances as set forth in the United States Constitution Article I, Section 2, Clause 5Article I, Section 2, Clause 5.
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