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GOP lawmaker blasts Trump for quoting pastor warning of civil war over impeachment

Republican Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency National Guard back inside Capitol after having been moved to parking garage Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated MORE (Ill.) on Sunday criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE for quoting a pastor saying impeachment could trigger a "Civil War like fracture" in the country.

"I have visited nations ravaged by civil war," Kinzinger tweeted.

"I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant."

The rare rebuke from a Republican member of Congress came in response to Trump tweeting a quote from Pastor Robert Jeffress on Fox News.

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" '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,' " Trump tweeted. 

House Democrats opened a formal impeachment inquiry last week after details of a phone call where Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE and his son Hunter.

Jeffress, a Dallas-based pastor and known supporter of Trump, has a history of controversial and offensive comments.

He has reportedly made derogatory remarks about Islam, calling it "a religion that promotes pedophilia" and a "heresy from the pit of hell." 

He has also called Mormonism a "cult" that is not a true part of Christianity and said "you can't be saved by being a Jew.” Then-Senate candidate Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds GOP senators say only a few Republicans will vote to convict Trump MORE denounced Jeffress after it was announced he would take part in the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem last year.

Trump, who has railed against Democrats for starting the impeachment inquiry, enjoys a high approval rating among Republicans, according to polls.

Public support for impeachment has shifted in the last week as details about his conversation with Zelensky have been made public, according to several polls, with opinions now roughly evenly split for and against Trump's removal.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on Trump's tweet.