Seth Abramson @SethAbramson @Newsweek columnist. Analyses @BBC. NYT bestselling author of Proof of Conspiracy (bit.ly/2kP6FkZ). Next: Citizen Journalist (Macmillan). Professor. Attorney. Sep. 30, 2019 1 min read

(IMPORTANT NOTE) Immediately after warning of a "civil war" if Democrats *legally and constitutionally* impeach Trump, Trump surrogate Jeffress cites a portion of the Book of Daniel that discusses (a) a war between North and South, and (b) the anti-Christ.  https://youtu.be/EDBA-G675yo?t=50 

1/ So as you can see from the interview, (1) Jeffress specifically went on Fox News to make his "prediction," (2) called evangelicals to "action" while raising the specter of a Second Civil War in harrowingly *precise* Biblical terms, and then (3) Trump was ready to retweet him.

2/ It's *not* an exaggeration to say both Trump and his surrogate Jeffress are trying to foment civil unrest—to include potential rebellion against the government of the United States—in the event of a *wholly legal and constitutional* action by the Congress of the United States.

3/ We must stop pretending these words are just coincidental—or these retweets. Jeffress is a Trump surrogate; he told Fox News he had a specific statement he wanted to make; that statement involved a "civil war" and a call to "action" that cited a North-South war from the Bible.

4/ Trump lawyer Joe diGenova—a man involved in pumping foreign disinformation into the 2020 election to again illegally help Trump secure election—has clearly told listeners of a Fox News-linked podcast to *purchase guns* and be ready for a *Second Civil War*. This is dangerous.

5/ I don't think such statements yet arise to the level of terroristic threats—but they're going down that road. Either media can take this new trend in pro-Trump (and Trump) rhetoric seriously or we can find ourselves unprepared for just how dangerous these criminals really are.

MY VIEW/ No matter your politics, we *all* should proceed *peacefully, lawfully, and constitutionally* toward whatever disagreements have arisen or may yet arise over Trump's actions. We should trust in the rule of law, our democracy, and our Constitution if we love this country.


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