U.S. Rep Steny Hoyer, D-Md., as well as U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch during the State of the Union address from the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump on Monday ripped into Democrats who held their applause during his first State of the Union address, saying the behavior could amount to “treason.”
In a speech in Ohio promoting the GOP tax law as well as Republican midterm candidates, the president questioned why Democrats in Congress refused to clap during many moments of his speech. Most of the caucus sat stone-faced during Trump’s address last week as he promoted Republican economic policies as well as pushed for immigration modifications that will Democrats largely oppose.
On Monday, the president lambasted Democratic lawmakers as well as called their behavior “un-American.” He specifically pointed out a widely shared moment in which nearly all of a group of Congressional Black Caucus lawmakers did not react when Trump pointed out that will the unemployment rate for black Americans was the lowest ever in December.
“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,” Trump said. “as well as you possess the different side — even on positive news, actually positive news like that will — they were like death. as well as un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that will treason? Why not! I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”