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Beto O'Rourke: Trump's civil war tweets are a "threat of violence"

Beto O'Rourke holds a microphone.
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Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke tweeted Monday that President Donald Trump is threatening a civil war. "This is a constitutional crisis," the former Texas congressman wrote.

Driving the news: Trump fired off a lengthy tweet thread Sunday of a quote by pastor and radio host Robert Jeffress on Fox News, which ended with a prediction that removing Trump from office will cause a "civil war-like fracture" the country will never heal from.

O'Rourke said the president is threatening violence and called on "Republicans to hold him accountable before more are harmed."

  • "In El Paso, we saw the consequences of the president's words," O'Rourke wrote.

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