A recent advertisement video has been leaked by the Republican National Committee.
The new video took aim at Democrats who decided to stay seated during President Trump’s first State of the Union address last week. The 80-sec spot was made up of multiple clips from the speech surrounded with images of the members of the minority party in Congress deciding to ignore standing and clapping for President Trump.
Without any narration, the ad displays several examples of how the Democrat’s behavior was declared “treasonous” by Trump himself in a speech he made earlier this week. The new video ends on a black screen with a question for the lawmakers who decided to sit through the speech. “Democrats: What do you stand for?” the caption read.
Trump then mentioned in the passage for the partisan advertisement: “We proudly stand for the national anthem.”
That statement, along with those that followed, were met with stone-faced reactions by Democratic leaders including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Trump went on to tout what he claimed to be some of his biggest accomplishments of his first year in office, including “serving our brave veterans,” bringing down “African-American unemployment,” and enacting “the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.” Each of those remarks was met with enthusiastic responses from many Republicans in the chamber.
In the edited advertisement, however, the reaction was significantly more subdued on the other side of the aisle.
While presidents have typically received heartier applause from members of their own party, some in the GOP — including Trump — have argued there was something more sinister at work in motivating Democrats to remain seated during the recent State of the Union address.
In a speech he delivered on Monday in Cincinnati, Ohio, Trump attacked Democrats who did not stand for and applaud during the address.
“They were like death and un-American,” he said. “Un-American.”
Trump ratcheted up the rhetoric further when he suggested those who remained seated were guilty of a serious crime.
“Somebody said treasonous,” he said. “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 that much.”
President Trump told a Cincinnati crowd that Democrats’ “dead silence” at his State of the Union address was “un-American” and even “treasonous.”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 6, 2018
His allegations almost immediately elicited anger from numerous Democrats and a few Republicans.
I didn’t serve 24 years in the uniform of this country to be called treasonous for simply disagreeing with your disastrous policies, Mr. President.
— Rep. Tim Walz (@RepTimWalz) February 5, 2018
According to reports, White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley attempted to explain the controversy by insisting Trump’s comments were intended to be “tongue in cheek.”
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