White House official says Donald Trump was being “tongue in cheek” when he told supporters at an Ohio rally that congressional Democrats were “un-American” and “treasonous” when they refused to applaud for him during the State of the Union.
Trump told his supporters at the Ohio rally:
“That means they [congressional Democrats] would rather see Trump do badly, okay, than our country do well,” he said. “Okay? That’s what it means. It’s very selfish.”
“Un-American,” he said later. “Somebody said treasonous. 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 very much.
The “tongue in cheek” defense came from White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley; and then NBC News attempted to explain it further by saying, “The president, Gidley said, was simply trying to make the point that there are positive things going on that all Americans should celebrate regardless of their party.”
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was outed as a bald-faced liar yesterday for claiming FBI personnel were relieved when Trump fired former Director James Comey, doubled-down on the idea Trump was just being silly. In an email to Talking Points Memo, Huckabee wrote, “Hogan is correct. He was clearly joking. He was making the point that even when good things are happening they are still sitting there angry.”
New York Times’ David Iztkoff tweeted the “he was just joking” defense happens a lot by posting a variety of tweets.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 6, 2018
One tweet by Margaret Brennan, dated August 11, 2017, states: “White House official says @POTUS was being sarcastic when he thanked Putin for expelling US officials from Russia.”
Another example was a CNN headline that read: Spokeswomen: Trump was just ‘joking’ when he told police to be ‘rough’ on suspects
And one more headline: Spicer: Trump was ‘joking’ when he asked Russia to hack Clinton
Just imagine how rapidly Republicans would have melted down if President Obama had called them treasonous for not applauding him.
Trump’s Ohio speech was nothing more than a pathetic attempt to change the narrative and a blatant suck-up to his deplorable base. Also, the narcissistic dictator POTUS likes to refer to himself in the third person.