President Donald Trump on Sunday ominously raised the possibility of violence if he is removed from office, quoting an evangelical pastor who warned on Fox News of a “Civil War-like” fracture.

Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran of Iraq, quickly slammed Trump’s tweet as “beyond repugnant,” adding: “I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President.”

The Rev. Robert Jeffress said in an interview Sunday (see the video above) that “removing the president” will “cause a Civil War-like fracture in this nation from which this country will never heal.”

“I have never seen them more angry,” Jeffress, a right-wing megachurch pastor based in Dallas and powerful Trump supporter, said of evangelicals.

As many as 850,000 men were killed in the Civil War, according to a 2012 study by historians ― by far the greatest toll of any war in American history. An earlier estimate of 620,000 Civil War deaths approximately equaled the total American fatalities in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, combined, the National Park Service says.

Jeffress, who also preaches on radio and TV, has said that Jews are going to hell. He has characterized both Islam and Mormonism as heresies from the “pit of hell,” and called evangelical Christians who don’t support Trump “morons.”

….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

I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. @realDonaldTrump I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant.

— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) September 30, 2019

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) also slammed Trump’s tweet.

“This is just a reprehensible way to talk and people could get hurt,” Schatz warned. He added that this “isn’t about partisan teams anymore.”

This is just a reprehensible way to talk and people could get hurt. This isn’t about partisan teams anymore – it’s clear now he will allow the Republican Party to eat itself and will tear the country apart if he thinks it gives him an advantage of any kind.

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) September 30, 2019

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) cited Trump’s warning in a tweet and wondered if Republicans will now support the impeachment inquiry against the president — and condemn him in “strong, unequivocal terms.”

Hey @brianschatz – question:The President just said that if Congress impeaches him, his suppporters will rise up in armed insurrection. “Civil War”, he says. So tomorrow will Senate Republicansa. support impeachment inquiry; orb. condemn him in strong unequivocal terms

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 30, 2019

In addition to the outrage expressed by politicians against Trump’s tweet, other followers of the president were stunned:

if Obama had ever openly called for a civil war, Fox News would have totally lost their collective minds. Hannity would have shit red-hot cinder blocks. the incandescent furor from the wingnut outrage-industrial complex would have torn a fucking hole in the space/time continuum

— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) September 30, 2019

Any president who would prefer civil war to being removed from office does not love their country and is certainly not serving it

— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) September 30, 2019

And Democrats:Isn’t promoting Civil War another article of impeachment?I think so.

— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) September 30, 2019

A president calling for their own country’s civil war is a “high crime”Don’t @ me.

— Liddle’ LeGate 🇺🇸 (@williamlegate) September 30, 2019

So far this weekend, Donald Trump has called for executing whistleblowers and members of Congress, and threatened a new civil war if the impeachment process continues.That’s the president* doing this. Does anyone see a problem with that?

— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) September 30, 2019 Download REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. Join HuffPost Plus

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