A televangelist has warned that civil war will break out in the U.S. if President Donald Trump is impeached.
Jim Bakker, who served a five-year prison sentence on fraud and conspiracy charges in the 1990s, made the comments on "The Jim Bakker Show," The Hill reported.
"If it happens, there will be a civil war in the United States of America," Bakker said, according to The Hill. "The Christians will finally come out of the shadows, because we are going to be shut up permanently if we're not careful."
He also urged his followers to become more active during a discussion with a pastor.
"God says faith without works is dead," he added. "We have to do things, God has been standing with me, and I don't know about you, it's time for preachers like you, you've been doing it, to stand up and shout out."
Impeachment proceedings are unlikely at present given that the Republicans control both houses of Congress. However, the Washington Post noted that some of Trump's advisers have cautioned the president that he could be impeached if Democrats gain control of the House during the 2018 midterm elections. They have warned him about picking fights with Republicans in Congress, as Trump has done over recent weeks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Bob Corker.
Other advisers are supporting Trump's strategy, arguing that distancing himself from the congressional GOP, which is seen as unpopular, will mean he can't be blamed for an electoral defeat in 2018.
"No one likes the Congress. No one likes the Republican or Democratic leadership. He puts the blame for inaction where it belongs," said Trump ally Roger Stone.
Trump has repeatedly criticized GOP members of Congress on Twitter.
"It's very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President," Trump tweeted on July 23, according to Newsweek.
Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign adviser, believes the president is following the example of one of his predecessors by distancing himself from his congressional party colleagues.
"It's right out of the Bill Clinton playbook," Bennett told the Washington Post. "Triangulation is something that he perfected."
Even if Trump avoids impeachment, his legislative agenda will be much tougher to advance if his attacks result in Republicans doing badly at the polls, notes the Post. Democratic control of the House would likely mean an end to Trump's effort to build a border wall.
Sources: The Hill, Washington Post, Newsweek / Featured Image: Shealah Craighead/Whitehouse.gov via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Jim Mattis/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons, Hayden Schiff/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons