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Only in America: Donald Trump accuses opponents of treason – for not applauding his speech

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The US President Donald Trump has labelled the Democrats as “un-American” and “treasonous” for their lack of applause during his State of the Union address last week.

Senator Jeff Merkley responds to the ‘treason’ allegation

“They would rather see Trump do badly than our country do well. That’s what it means,” Mr Trump said later.

“Somebody said ‘treasonous’. I mean, eh. I guess, why not? Can we call that treason, why not? I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”

Treason is a federal crime punishable by death or imprisonment – not a minor offence.

The White House now says the remarks were only “tongue-in-cheek” and not to be taken seriously, but it’s not the first time they’ve had to backtrack on Trump’s remarks.

Last year, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was being “sarcastic” after he thanked Russian leader Vladimir Putin for cutting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia.

If anything, suggesting his critics are guilty of treason makes Trump sound a lot more like Putin.

Lauren Broomham

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.


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