Dem Senator on Trump’s ‘Treason’ Remarks: ‘Watching Too Much North Korean Television’

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) had a few things to say about President Trump‘s remarks that Congressional Democrats committed “treason” against the United States by not cheering his State of the Union speech.

Trump gave a speech in Ohio earlier today where he bashed Democrats over their refusal to stand for him, and he also casually suggested that the “un-American” gesture is tantamount to betraying the country. This topic came up when Whitehouse gave an interview to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, and the senator said Trump was acting like Kim Jong Un demanding loyalty and adoration from his subjects.

“Maybe he’s been watching too much North Korean television where everybody in the North Korean assembly stands up and clap together automatically whenever the Dear Leader says something,” Whitehouse said. “That’s not the way America works. I think that the most un-American thing was what the president said.”

Whitehouse continued to say that Trump’s remarks might be a sign that his administration is getting increasingly nervous, and it’s making them “crack” and talking “irresponsibly.”

For what its worth, here’s how treason is defined and punished by U.S. law:

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Watch above, via CNN.

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