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Harvard Law Professor Says Trump's 'Civil War' Tweet Is an Impeachable Offense

President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, en route to a day trip to New York. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

On Sunday evening, President Trump tweeted a quote spoken by Pastor Robert Jeffress on Fox News. “[Democrats] know the only Impeachable offense that President Trump has committed was beating Hillary Clinton in 2016,” Jeffress had said on the network. “That’s the unpardonable sin for which the Democrats will never forgive him. 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.”

On Monday morning, Harvard Law professor John Coates claimed that Trump’s tweet itself is an impeachable offense. “This tweet is itself an independent basis for impeachment – a sitting president threatening civil war if Congress exercises its constitutionally authorized power,” Coates tweeted.

Coates’ claim that Trump is threatening a civil war is absurd. The pastor Trump quoted is clearly pointing out something many people are saying: that impeachment will significantly divide this country. He didn’t say impeachment would cause a civil war, but would cause “a Civil War-like fracture in this Nation.” It’s right there in the tweet.

At this point, anyone on the left must believe that any time Trump takes a breath it’s an impeachable offense, but Coates’ tweet is an embarrassment to Harvard Law School.