President Donald Trump on Tuesday released an ad highlighting the Democrats’ response during his first State of the Union address, accusing them of “disrespecting our people” and “disrespecting our country” because they didn’t applaud Trump.
The ad featured video of Trump’s address to Congress, in which he called for everyone to “set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people.”
The video then cuts to the faces of some Democrats — including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — sitting during Trump’s address.
In text, the ad said that Trump asked Democrats to join him in “standing up for America.”
“Instead, they just sat there,” the ad said in text.
“It’s disgraceful,” the ad says in text at the end.
In a statement, Michal S. Glassner, Executive Director of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., said 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.
He took aim at Democratic lawmakers who refused to applaud during last week’s speech when he mentioned his achievements during his first year in office.
“They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘Treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not,” Trump said during a speech in Ohio.
“Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”
Trump’s ego is clearly hurt because Democrats didn’t give him a standing ovation, but he has no moral authority to call into question their patriotism.
Democrats respect America. But they don’t respect a man who colludes with America’s adversaries to undermine its democracy. They don’t respect a corrupt, dictator-wannabe who has turned the presidency into to criminal enterprise to enrich himself and his family. Democrats don’t respect a man who lies more than any other human being on the planet, and who, by all accounts, is a national disgrace.
Watch the ad below: