Trump calls Democrats 'treasonous' for not applauding his State of the Union speech

US President Donald Trump accused Democrats of treason for not clapping during his State of the Union address.
US President Donald Trump accused Democrats of treason for not clapping during his State of the Union address. Photo credit: Reuters

US President Donald Trump has called Democrats "treasonous" for not applauding during his State of the Union address.

During a speech at a manufacturing plant in Ohio on Monday (local time), Mr Trump criticised members of the Democratic Party for their reactions to last week's annual address.

"They were like death and un-American," he told the crowd. 

"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 that much."

Shots of members of Congress during the 2018 State of the Union address showed many Democrats looking unimpressed while Republicans in the crowd gave Mr Trump multiple standing ovations.

The US President's shocking accusation drew criticism from other politicians and the general public.

In a tweet, Senator Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat, reminded him that the US is neither a dictatorship nor a monarchy.

She also remarked she was not elected to "mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs" - a pointed reference to Mr Trump's multiple deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War.

Others also took to social media to condemn Mr Trump's comments, with some saying he was "acting like an autocrat".

Many pointed out the irony of Mr Trump accusing others of treason while multiple members of his administration are under investigation for colluding with Russia during the 2016 election.

Newshub.