Last week, Donald Trump in his first State of the Union address, called for bipartisanship and unity. “I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve,” he urged in his speech.
On Monday, Trump told an audience in Ohio that he believes Congressional Democrats to be “un-American,” and “treasonous,” because they didn’t applaud him during the address.
“You’ve got half the room going totally, crazy, wild. They loved everything,” Trump recalled. But “even on positive news, really positive news,” the Democrats did not respond. “Shall we can that treason? Why not? I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”
Trump, the nominal author of The Art of The Deal, likely needs Congressional Democratic support to avoid another government shutdown on his watch this week, as the lastest continuing resolution will expire on Thursday. Trump is also demanding those Democrats reach a “deal” with him on immigration to undo his own decision to strip DACA protections from children of undocumented immigrants and to pay the border wall he previously promised would be built entirely at Mexico’s expense. Trump is also courting Democratic support for a bipartisan infrastructure proposal.
Trump specifically called out Nancy Pelosi, who will likely need to provide him with critical votes in the House. “She’s really out there. I’m supposed to make a deal with her?” Trump asked.