Trump slams 'treasonous' Democrats for not applauding

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 06 2018 07:30 AM | Updated as of Feb 06 2018 09:01 AM

US President Donald Trump delivers a speech in Blue Ash, Ohio, US Monday. Jonathan Ernst, Reuters

CINCINNATI - US President Donald Trump described lawmakers who did not applaud his State of the Union address as unpatriotic and treasonous Monday.

During a speech in Cincinnati, Trump suggested Democrats were "un-American" because they did not fully embrace his address to a joint session of Congress last week.

"They would rather see Trump do badly, okay, than our country do well," he said."It's very selfish. And it got to a point where I really didn't even want to look."

"They were like death and un-American. Un-American. 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 very much," he added.

Trump has falsely boasted that his generally well-received speech had the highest television audience numbers in history. 

But Nielsen ratings show that three of Trump's predecessors surpassed his audience numbers during their first time giving the high-profile speech before Congress.

Trump did see a slight bump in the polls however, with his Gallup approval rating edging up two points to 40%, its highest level in months.