On Monday, President Donald Trump addressed a crowd in Cincinnati regarding the GOP tax cuts. But he touched on the State of the Union address during his speech, too. In particular, he talked about how Democrats didn’t clap for him during the address.
“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,” Trump said.
In response to the furor, the White House said it was a “tongue-in-cheek comment.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the remark during Tuesday’s press briefing.
CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett said: “Senator Flake said something on the Senate floor a minute ago. I want to give you a chance to respond.”
“I’m sure this will be eventful,” Sanders replied.
“I’ve seen the president’s most ardent defenders use the now-weary argument that the president’s comments were meant as a joke, just sarcasm, only tongue-in-cheek. But treason is not a punchline,” Garrett said, quoting Flake.
He continued: “Can you say, for the sake of the future, that you agree with Senator Flake on that, that treason or treasonous is not a punchline, it’s not a joking matter?”
“Honestly, I’m not going to respond directly to Senator Flake’s comments. I don’t really care what Senator Flake has to say. I don’t think his constituents do, either, and I think that’s why his numbers are in the tank.
The president was clearly joking with his comments. But what isn’t a joke is that Democrats refuse to celebrate the accomplishments of last year that has helped all Americans.”
“What I don’t understand, and what I don’t think the country understands, is why Democrats are so upset about lower taxes and higher wages,” Sanders added. “That’s something that every American should be celebrating, not crying about, not sitting on their hands for. Democrats are going to have to make a decision at some point really soon: Do they hate this president more than they love this country? And I hope the answer to that is no.”
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