On Monday, President Donald Trump attacked Democratic lawmakers and singled out black members of Congress who wouldn’t applaud him during the State Of The Union speech, calling them “treasonous.” Well, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) would not let Trump’s unhinged attack go unanswered.
The New York Democrat responded directly to Donald Trump’s calling black lawmakers who wouldn’t applaud him “treasonous,” rejecting the president’s dangerous and divisive attack.
Speaking on the floor of the House Tuesday, Jeffries used time afforded to lawmakers for one-minute speeches to respond to Trump’s attack and to the White House’s spin that it was merely a joke.
“Treason is not a laughing matter. It is a serious crime embedded in the Constitution, punishable by death,” he said.
This was in response to deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, who said Trump’s “treasonous” comments were “tongue-in-cheek.” Gidley represents Trump’s press operation, again forced to go out and play cleanup after one of his outrageous remarks.
“Is it treason for a presidential campaign to meet with a hostile foreign power to sell out our democracy and rig the election?” Jeffries asked. “Is it treason for a presidential campaign to meet with Russian spies who promised information that was negative about a political opponent, and then failed to report that meeting to law enforcement officials? Is it treason for your former national security adviser to be a Russian asset, sitting at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin?”
Jeffries concluded on a strong note to Trump: “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 of America.”
Watch his powerful speech below: