Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday ripped into President Trump a day after he accused Democrats on Monday of “treasonous” behavior for not clapping during his State of the Union address.
“They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘treasonous,'” Trump said Monday. “I mean, 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 said the Democrats “would rather see Trump do badly than our country do well,” saying that was “very selfish.”
In a fiery House floor speech, Jeffries said that treason is “not a laughing matter” but rather a “serious crime embedded in the Constitution, punishable by death.”
“But since your commander in chief chose to raise it at a political rally, let’s have a discussion about treason,” he said.
“Is it treason for a presidential campaign to meet with a hostile foreign power to sell out our democracy and rig the election?”
Jeffries then appeared to reference a 2016 Trump Tower meeting that included Donald Trump Jr., White House adviser Jared Kushner, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney.
He asked whether it was treason for a presidential campaign to “meet with Russian spies who promise information that was negative about a political opponent and then fail to report that meeting to law enforcement officials.”
“How dare you lecture us about treason. This is not a dictatorship. It’s a democracy,” Jeffries said.
“And we do not have to stand for a reality show host masquerading as president of the United States.”
.@RepJeffries: "How dare you lecture us about treason. This is not a dictatorship. It's a democracy and we do not have to stand for a reality show host masquerading as President of the United States." pic.twitter.com/Zor7XrAATe
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 6, 2018