Sep 30, 2019

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: 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.

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All 2020 Democrats want to impeach Trump

Julián Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden. Photos: Getty Images

All major 2020 Democratic candidates have joined the call to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

Driving the news: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Sept. 24 that the House will open a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.

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Conservative news goes to war over impeachment

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The impeachment process has widened the rift between solidly pro-Trump media and conservative-leaning news outlets — especially at Fox News, where daytime news anchors and primetime opinion hosts often find themselves at odds.

Why it matters: It's rare for the tensions between conservative outlets to be aired so openly, as they're being forced to choose between backing President Trump at all costs and reporting candidly on his troubles.

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