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Dem lawmaker to Trump: 'How dare you lecture us about treason'

Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesHuckabee Sanders: Dems need to decide if they 'hate' Trump 'more than they love this country' Dem lawmaker to Trump: 'How dare you lecture us about treason' Black Dems take lead in push to impeach Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE after he accused Democrats on Monday of "treasonous" behavior during his State of the Union address.

Jeffries said Tuesday that treason is "not a laughing matter" but rather a "serious crime embedded in the Constitution, punishable by death."

"But since your commander in chief chose to raise it at a political rally, let's have a discussion about treason," he said.

"Is it treason for a presidential campaign to meet with a hostile foreign power to sell out our democracy and rig the election?"

Jeffries further questioned whether it was treason for a presidential campaign to "meet with Russian spies who promise information that was negative about a political opponent and then fail to report that meeting to law enforcement officials."

He appeared to be referring to a 2016 Trump Tower meeting that included Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. denies father is racist: Black leaders who criticize all 'have pictures with him' Bannon likely to meet next week with Mueller: report Meghan McCain: Melania is 'my favorite Trump, by far' MORE, White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMeghan McCain: Melania is 'my favorite Trump, by far' Dem lawmaker to Trump: 'How dare you lecture us about treason' Husband of former Trump family personal aide joins EPA: report MORE, former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDem lawmaker to Trump: 'How dare you lecture us about treason' Trevor Noah: Hannity is ‘Trump’s archbishop of bulls---’ DOJ wants Manafort’s suit against Mueller dismissed MORE and a Russian attorney.

"How dare you lecture us about treason. This is not a dictatorship. It's a democracy," Jeffries said.

"And we do not have to stand for a reality show host masquerading as president of the United States."

In a speech Monday, Trump suggested that Democrats not clapping for his address were guilty of treason.

"They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, 'treasonous,'" Trump said Monday.
 
"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."

Trump added the Democrats "would rather see Trump do badly than our country do well," saying that was "very selfish."