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

Republican Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings GOP congressman slams Trump over report that US bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters Kinzinger challenges Trump's defense chief on Syria in closed-door meeting MORE (Ill.) on Sunday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren 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 RomneyRomney appears to confirm name of secret Twitter account Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Turkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate 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.