In the face of impeachment, it seems only fitting that President Donald Trump would dig the hole he's in even deeper by committing even more impeachable offenses.
On Sunday, September 29, President Trump tweeted out a warning that the country would break out into a civil war if he was removed from office.
Many read the tweet as immoral and threatening.
So did anyone else read into Trump’s civil war tweet a not-so veiled threat that he will call his bikers and brainw… https://t.co/U6NOD6MvN5— Barbara Malmet (@Barbara Malmet)1569940732.0
Even more significantly, however, some legal scholars believe the tweet itself may be further grounds for impeachment.
John Coates, a professor at Harvard Law, said that the President was blatantly flouting the Constitution.
Others agreed with Coates on legal grounds, though they also recognized that, politically, there were many better reasons to seek impeachment.
I agree with @jciv here, though this is far from the strongest ground for impeachment because it’s much too easy to… https://t.co/H0IO7cNOBt— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1569872077.0
I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. @realDonaldTrump I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by… https://t.co/OdQseHJDVA— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1569808758.0
This isn't the first time people in the Trump orbit have threatened civil war if Congress exercised their right to impeach him.
@realDonaldTrump REMINDER: Trump's BFF Roger Stone in August 2017 warned there would be a civil war if Trump is imp… https://t.co/aNjoxdqpov— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1569930408.0
Nonetheless, many felt Trump's threat didn't carry any bite outside of social media.
Twitter entertained itself by imagining what Civil War letters would look like in the age of the internet.
"Mother, I was recruited by the #AntifaDomesticTerrorists Division. We made Soros Cakes from the Deep State cookboo… https://t.co/96XB7ilvtu— Operative_X (@Operative_X)1569850551.0
I will write the "Dear Martha" memes. #CivilWarSignup Morale is low, as another of our brethren was felled by an al… https://t.co/MNSlUhgXLn— Tommy moderna-vaX-Topher (@Tommy moderna-vaX-Topher)1569853423.0
Ladies... fight braless. Conservatives hate a free nipple and it's empowerment alone will be enough to slay your enemies. #CivilWarSignup— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino)1569861376.0
I will bring the smocking guns. #CivilWarSignup https://t.co/9mMJtjjfN4— plantagenet (@plantagenet)1569850099.0
Trump himself would, of course, never be able to actually fight in a war.
#CivilWar2 #CivilWarSignup It's actually quite tragic that Trump will not be able to participate in his own Civil… https://t.co/fmkQvDnjQH— Sabrina McDaniel (@Sabrina McDaniel)1569849332.0
While we may joke to keep our spirits up, the situation we're in is a very serious one.
The House of Representatives is currently issuing subpoenas as part of their inquiry into the President's violations of the constitution.
This is a critical point in American history.
The Ken Burns' documentary miniseries The Civil War Restored for 25th Anniversary Edition is available here.
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