Sunday was a day of many Trump tweets, one in particular garnered a lot of condemnation.
The last tweet in a lengthy thread quoted Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor, which seems to be threatening a civil war:
….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
The quote was pulled from Jeffress’ appearance on Fox where he discussed how “angry” Evangelical Christians were over an “attempt to illegitimately remove” Trump from office. He claims that Democrats are moving forward with the impeachment inquiry because they consider beating Clinton an “unpardonable sin.”
There was quite a bit of backlash, even from members of the Republican party:
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) September 30, 2019
Harvard Law professor John Coates explained that Trump’s tweet was grounds for impeachment and removal from office.
“This tweet is itself an independent basis for impeachment,” tweeted Coates, “a sitting president threatening civil war if Congress exercises its constitutionally authorized power.”
And several people have pointed out that the President’s words can be dangerous:
This Trump Civil war mess might seem silly, of course there won’t be a civil war but there are lunatics out there,
— Oskaer (@Osman__13) September 30, 2019
In fact, there are already some that are showing support for the concept:
Who the hell cares if you’ve visited nations ravaged by civil war? The point that President Trump quoted is CORRECT. If the Dems were 2 unseat POTUS they would not be prepared for what would come next. None of us would take that lying down. It’s time to start thinking, Democrats. https://t.co/6WoSJlMJMA
— Brandon Straka (@BrandonStraka) September 30, 2019
— Scott Williams (@jswilliams1962) September 30, 2019
— CK (@charley_ck14) September 30, 2019
— Devin Nunes's Nana (@myerschrisj) September 30, 2019
On the bright side, the “Civil War tweet” may actually be helping Pelosi’s cause. According to a Harvard professor, the tweet itself may be an impeachable offense.