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Trump campaign wastes no time in slamming Democrats for not giving him a standing ovation

The advertisement targets Democrats for sitting during Trump's State of the Union address


Charlie May
February 7, 2018 5:09PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump's jingoism knows no bounds. His reelection campaign just launched its newest political advertisement on Wednesday that targets Democratic lawmakers for refusing to clap during his State of the Union address and paints them as un-American.

The ad, titled "Disgraceful," featured clips from Trump's speech last week, specifically parts in which he called for bipartisan unity — despite his history of relentless partisan attacks, both behind the podium and on Twitter.

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"President Donald Trump asked Democrats to join him in standing up for America," text at the bottom of the ad read. "Instead, they just sat there, and sat there." The description of the video read, "Today, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. released a campaign ad that displays the predictable and consistent, yet utterly disgraceful, behavior of Democrat Members of Congress as they reacted to President Trump’s first State of the Union Address to the nation."

With Trump's speech playing in the background, the ad focused on the stone-cold faces of several Democratic lawmakers, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who did not stand or clap for Trump.

It continued, "Disrespecting our people. Disrespecting our country. It's disgraceful."

The new advertisement comes off the heels of Trump's request to the Pentagon for a lavish military parade in Washington, D.C. The parade is still largely in the works, but the request was confirmed by both the Pentagon and the White House and is expected to take place at some point this year.

In the days after his speech, Trump has slammed the Democrats and labeled them "treasonous" and "un-American" for refusing to applaud him, despite Republicans having done the same thing to former President Barack Obama. Both parties have engaged in the stone-cold optics over the years, through numerous presidents.

Afterwards, the White House attempted to paint Trump's attack on the "treasonous" Democrats as merely a joke; however, the new campaign ad makes it glaringly clear his words were not a joke.

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Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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