President Trump isn’t handling impeachment very well, and neither are his supporters. His media stooges and acolytes have taken to Fox News’ airwaves for the last week attempting to decontextualize the whistleblower complaint and exonerate their dear leader. So it was no surprise when Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox contributor and staunch Trump ally, said impeachment would create a “Civil War-like fracture” that America would never heal from.
Until Trump quote-tweeted it.
….If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” Pastor Robert Jeffress, @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2019
Trump’s musing quickly made the rounds for good reason. Logic of the actual tweet aside—why should he be concerned about this if Democrats “will never” remove him?—tweeting about civil war starting upon Trump’s impeachment, literally or figuratively, is slightly concerning. But it’s also fairly predictable. And soon enough, people were treating it that way too—hashtags like #CivilWarSignUp and #CivilWarPotluck began trending on Twitter, making fun of anyone who would literally fight the libs in Trump’s sweaty honor.
I will write the "Dear Martha" memes. #CivilWarSignup Morale is low, as another of our brethren was felled by an all caps tweet. Steel yourself, my dearest, for the subject matter was the purchase of plastic straws.
— Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher (@tommyxtopher) September 30, 2019
— Richard D. Parker (@rfsheeran) September 30, 2019
Lincoln: We have to have a Civil War to save the Republic, even if it kills me.
Trump: We have to have a Civil War to save me, even if it kills the Republic.#CivilWarSignup
— JRehling (@JRehling) September 30, 2019
In preparation for the Civil War, please sign up for side dishes to bring so we don’t duplicate.
Anyone who puts raisins in their potato salad need not sign up.
Also, please remember @RudyGiuliani is not invited this year… can’t have nuts around due to allergies.
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) September 30, 2019
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) September 30, 2019
It’s important to remember there are people taking Trump’s tweet thread very seriously, which puts the kibosh on any conservative telling people to calm down. It also sort of sours the jokes. But if your corrupt buffoon of a president is threatening to incite his base to arms, you might as well get a couple laughs out of it.