Y'all, I got called a traitor more in 2016 on Fox News than at any time in my career. I'd be on Charles Payne's show and Stacy Dash or some other Trump supporter would declare me a traitor for failing to support the man and he wasn't even President yet. I'm used to Trump supporters throwing the word around.
And now the President has done it in a speech after declaring in the State of the Union that we were all one people and should unite. The failure of Democrats to clap, however, is now treasonous.
He shouldn't have said it. Political opposition is not treason. Even having differing views on public policy is not treason.
But please, Democrats, spare me.
For eight years, Democrats in Congress and the press called Republicans traitors and racists merely for opposing Barack Obama. President Obama himself called Republicans "the enemy" to hispanic voters and publicly referred to them as hostage takers. Hillary Clinton referred to the GOP as a terrorist group. Joe Biden said the GOP always bet against the United States.
Yes, to be sure, Barack Obama never used the word "traitors" against the GOP. But just about everyone else on the national stage for the Democrats did. It's only a small step to the President doing it and that's the point. The Democrats laid the groundwork for eight years and Trump just took the next step. This is why I have time and again lamented the precedents the Democrats were setting in behavior and action.
All that said, "they started it" is the excuse and whine of a grade school argument. The President should not be calling those he disagrees with traitors. Just spare me the outrage.