Trump: Dems Not Clapping at State of the Union Was 'Un-American, Treasonous'
President Trump took heat from his critics Monday after he called Democrats "treasonous" and "un-American" for sitting mostly silent during last week's State of the Union speech.
"They were like death and un-American," Trump told a cheering crowd in Ohio.
"Somebody said ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not?"
The remark generated a lot of pushback on Twitter:
Trump SOTU: "All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family. We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag."
One week later: Clap for me or it's treason. https://t.co/1G1iDiVdt6
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) February 6, 2018
-accused Democrats of treason for not giving him a standing ovation
-called reporters “enemies of the people”
- questioned the authority of federal judges, &
-declared war on law enforcement officials investigating him
Trump is acting like an autocrat.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 5, 2018
Trump calling someone “treasonous” is like Nixon calling someone a crook. Colluding with the Russians is treason. Not clapping for Trump is just common sense. https://t.co/Xqr7K6TB9q
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 5, 2018
Since Donald Trump thinks its treason to not clap when the President speaks, I thought I'd share this footage of Trump committing treason. pic.twitter.com/i8DUNfFqlP
— Frederick Douglass (@gettinnoticedmo) February 6, 2018
Dear Donald Trump,
Not standing to applaud the President is not considered "treasonous". It's a right afforded to us by the US Constitution.
Working with a hostile foreign power to subvert our democratic election, is in fact a form of treason.
A Concerned Citizen
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) February 6, 2018
On "America's Newsroom," Marie Harf and Lawrence Jones reacted. Jones said Democrats will have a hard time in the midterms with their current platform of protecting illegal immigrants while refusing to applaud positive news, such as rising employment for minorities.
Harf, a former Obama administration official, said Trump's remark Monday was "offensive and over the line" and it's common for the opposition party not to clap for the president.
"The polls that matter are how people feel about the future and Democrats are winning in every single one," she argued.
Watch the discussion above.