Sep 30, 2019

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

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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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GOP Rep. Kinzinger slams Trump for quoting pastor's civil war remarks

Rep. Adam Kinzinger in the Capitol in June. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) denounced President Trump in a tweet Sunday for quoting Pastor Robert Jeffress' comments soon after his appearance on Fox News that if Democrats were to remove him from office, it would cause a "civil war."

Why it matters: It is rare for a Republican to publicly criticize the president, who's maintained near-90% approval ratings among his own party throughout his presidency. Kinzinger is speaking as someone who previously served in the Air Force, and he's an Iraq War veteran.

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Beto O'Rourke "cannot fathom" running for public office if he's not 2020 nominee

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2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke told Politico that he "cannot fathom" a situation where he would run for public office again if he doesn't win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Why it matters: O'Rourke has long faced pressure from Democratic activists to abandon his low-polling presidential bid — which has seen diminishing fundraising in 2019 — and run for Senate in his home state of Texas. It's worth noting that he similarly ruled out a presidential bid last year, unequivocally telling CBS' "60 Minutes" that he wouldn't be in the 2020 race.

Go deeper: Beto O'Rourke's 2020 relaunch still targets Trump instead of Senate

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Trump accuses Adam Schiff of treason, suggests arrest

President Trump falsely accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of treason and suggested he be arrested in a Monday tweet.

"Rep. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people. It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?"

The big picture: Trump's suggestion of Schiff's arrest came just hours after he first declared that he wanted Schiff investigated for treason and quoted a pastor who said that there would be a "civil war like fracture" in the United States if he is impeached.

Go deeper: Misleading Trump tweet claims Ukraine whistleblower complaint "not holding up"

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