The Trump campaign released a chilling new ad on Wednesday accusing Democrats of “disrespecting our country” for not applauding enough during Trump’s State of the Union address, just one day after the White House claimed President Trump was just joking when he accused Democrats of treason for not applauding him.
The 60-second spot shows the faces of several Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
In text, the ad said that Trump asked Democrats to join him in “standing up for America” but “Instead, they just sat there.”
The ad goes on to accuse Democrats of “disrespecting our people” and “disrespecting our country.”
“It’s disgraceful,” the ad says in large text at the end.
Michal S. Glassner, the executive director of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., said in a statement that Trump’s State of the Union address was so profound that “even the mainstream media called it ‘strong’ and ‘inspirational.’ ”
“Yet, our ad demonstrates that the unprecedented expressions of disrespect shown by the Democrats towards our people and our country were also profound — for the wrong reasons,” he said in the statement.
“The breathtaking indifference in reaction to President Trump’s calls for unity and to the President’s bold stories of freedom-loving heroes speaks for itself. The Democrats just sat there, and they were disgraceful.”
Trump on Monday accused Democrats of “treasonous” behavior during his State of the Union address, saying: “They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘Treasonous.’ 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.”