Illinois Republican congressman blasts Trump civil war tweet as ‘repugnant’

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MEET THE PRESS — Pictured: (l-r) – Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) appears on “Meet the Press” in Washington, D.C., Sunday, May 12, 2013. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON – A Republican congressman is slamming as “beyond repugnant” President Donald Trump’s tweet of a conservative pastor’s comment that removing Trump from office would provoke a “civil war-like fracture” in America.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a former Air Force pilot who represents an Illinois district Trump won in 2016, tweeted Sunday, “I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. … I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant.”

Trump had tweeted a comment from the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the Southern Baptist megachurch First Baptist Dallas. On “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday, Jeffress said, “If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, it will cause a civil war-like fracture in this nation from which our country will never heal.”

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