Trump just called the Democrats in Congress “treasonous”

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Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address last week and managed to be both deeply bigoted and incredibly boring. He delivered the speech like he was on the verge of falling asleep the entire time, spewing out xenophobic talking points pulled right from Stephen Miller’s fevered, nightmarish id.

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Trump’s sycophantic Republican cronies applauded him throughout the address, acting as if they were witnessing the Gettysburg Address and not a barely literate conman stroking his own ego for almost an hour and a half straight. Democrats were rightfully less than enthused by the performance and refused to applaud for most of the lengthy duration.

Now, it’s clear that Trump was deeply bothered by the Democrats’ refusal to bow and scrape before him. During a speech ostensibly about tax reform today, Trump whined that the Democrats had “bad energy” at the State of the Union. He added that they were “like death” and “unAmerican” before making the stunning statement that they were in fact “treasonous.”

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“Somebody said treasonous. I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not?” the president said.

The comments represent a disgusting new low for a man who constantly seems like he can sink no lower. For the President of the United States to equate the disapproving behavior of his political opponents with treason is an incredibly dangerous thing. It’s the kind of rhetoric you expect from an aspiring despot, not the leader of the world’s greatest democracy.

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There is, of course, an incredible irony to the entire thing, given that Trump himself is currently under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller in a probe to discover if his campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. If there are any traitors here, it’s Donald Trump and his minions.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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