Dem: Trump ‘dragged this country deep into the mud of autocracy and dictatorship’ with ‘treason’ comment

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesMcCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality House panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps MORE (D-Conn.) on Tuesday blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE, accusing him of pulling the U.S. "deep into the mud of autocracy and dictatorship" for suggesting that Democrats who did not clap during his State of the Union address acted treasonously

"This president, and in that moment, dragged this country deep into the mud of autocracy and dictatorship, as opposed to the kind of democracy that, whether you watch Fox News or [MSNBC's] Rachel Maddow, you ought to aspire this country to have," Himes said on CNN's "New Day."

Himes also said that the refusal of some Democrats to clap for "things that they disagree with" was less disrespectful than Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonProgressive activist to challenge Joe Wilson in South Carolina All House Republicans back effort to force floor vote on 'born alive' bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Masks off: CDC greenlights return to normal for vaccinated Americans MORE (R-S.C.) shouting "you lie" during former President Obama's address before a joint session of Congress in 2009. 

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"I would suggest that standing up and shouting 'you lie' is a little bit less dignified, a little less thoughtful than people not applauding for things that they disagree with," he said.

Trump on Monday accused Democrats who did not clap during his State of the Union address last week of being "treasonous."

"Even on positive news, really positive news like that, they were like death, and un-American," Trump said during a speech in Cincinnati. "Somebody said 'treasonous.' I mean, yeah, I guess, why not?"

"Can we call that treason?" he said. "Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much."