"Can we call that treason? Why not!"
Donald Trump marked the week since his divisive State of the Union address with a speech in which he accused black lawmakers who refused to applaud him of “treason.”
Last Tuesday, members of the Congressional Black Caucus were among the Democrats who silently protested Trump’s address, and they did not applaud when Trump took credit for the lowering of the black unemployment rate that took place under President Obama which rose sharply in January under Trump.
At an official White House event in Ohio Monday afternoon, Trump viciously attacked Democrats for not applauding him when he bragged about the unemployment rate.
“It got to a point where I really didn’t even want to look too much during the speech over to that side, cuz honestly, it was bad energy,” Trump said. “No, it was bad energy. You’re up there, you’ve got half the room going totally crazy wild, they loved everything, they want to do something great for our country. And you have the other side, even on positive news really positive news like that they were like death. And un-American. Un-American. Somebody said treasonous. Yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not! I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”
Trump’s vicious attack is an appropriate bookend for a State of the Union speech in which he slammed black athletes for protesting racism, insulted Dreamers, and tarred immigrants as criminals, all while paying empty lip service to “bipartisanship.”
Trump’s ugly campaign speech Monday should be a wakeup call to any American who still thinks this man can govern a great country where the right of free expression is a cherished liberty, not “treason.”