Donald Trump said in a tweet that a "civil war" in the United States could erupt if he is removed from office. The president cited Pastor Robert Jeffress, an editor and moderator of Fox News, who suggested that the president's indictment would lead to a "civil war."
"If the Democrats succeed in relieving the president of office (as they will never be), this nation will cause a civil war-like breach that our country will never heal," Trump tweeted to Jeffress.
Jeffress more or less said that on "Fox & Friends" – and Mr. Trump has put his thoughts in the clip of tweeting and said he'll never be removed from office. The President's repetition of the quote found widespread backlash ̵
"I've visited devastated nations from civil war," tweeted Republican MP Adam Kinzinger. "@realDonaldTrump I never thought a president would repeat such a quote, which is not objectionable." Kinzinger is a veteran and serves in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House. He often criticizes the president on Twitter, even though he is one of the few Republicans to publicly criticize Mr. Trump's call to the Ukrainian leader.
Democrat Ted Leiu supported his colleague across the corridor and tweeted, "I agree with the republican representative Adam to Kinzinger that @realDonaldTrump is tweeting about a civil war for impeachment. "
Mr. Trump's civil war tweet turned viral, and on Monday, # CivilWar2 was just as popular as #CivilWarSignup on Twitter.
While some made fun of the potential for another civil war, many Twitter users pointed out that incitement to civil war could lead to violence.
The Oath Keepers Militia, cited by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "one of the largest radical anti-government groups in the US today", joined Trump's Civil War proposal. "This is the truth, here we are, we are on the verge of a hot civil war," the group wrote.
"As in 1859. Here we are, and the right has zero confidence or respect for everything the left does, and we also see it as unlawful," continued the tweet, apparently written by Stewart, the leader of the Oath guardian, Rhodes was signed.
Other Twitter users also suggested this would trigger a civil war, should one be punishable offense.
As of Monday, over 90% of the 235 Democrats in the House of Representatives are in favor of either impeachment of President Trump or have signaled their willingness to support them.
Thewas announced by the Speaker of Parliament, Nancy Pelosi, shortly after the President admitted that he had asked the Ukrainian President to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. Pelosi said Mr. Trump's actions are a betrayal of his oath of office, national security and the integrity of US elections.