Liberals are suggesting President-elect Donald Trump is guilty of treason after President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia and Trump praised Vladimir Putin’s response to the sanctions.
The new sanctions were initiated Thursday in retaliation for Russia’s alleged interference in the presidential election, which prompted accusations that Trump was involved in this apparent subversion of American democracy.
Remember: When you trade our national security for personal gain, whether pecuniary or political, there's a word for that: Treason
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 30, 2016
First, there has never been a president in American history to take power under the cloud of treason. Not one. Not even close.
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) December 29, 2016
Every Republican that goes on MSM & down plays Russian hacking because it benefitted them, should be tried for treason.
Every. Damn. One.
— VickiS (@vickscan) December 29, 2016
All that's missing is arresting Trump & associates for treason. This was an act of war by Russia, involved Americans are traitors to USA. https://t.co/5ocxYet7wl
— The Anti-Trump (@IMPL0RABLE) December 30, 2016
Well- among other things hacks like me would start suggesting he committed treason https://t.co/gp70KPiI4j
— jim manley (@jamespmanley) December 30, 2016
On Friday, Trump tweeted praise of Putin for being “very smart” in his response to the White House’s sanctions.
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
That one tweet only encouraged more pundits on the Left to suggest Trump is guilty of treason.
what's the threshold for treason? https://t.co/acAOfSsGGW
— deray mckesson (@deray) December 30, 2016
@realDonaldTrump if we find you or your campaign was in the know… Well then Donald, that's tantamount to treason.
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) December 30, 2016
This is borderline treasonous. I don't know what Putin has on this cat, but my Lord, it must be incredible. God help us. https://t.co/vhFi8jOO27
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) December 30, 2016
I don't think Trump committed treason with this tweet, but he's in the neighborhood pic.twitter.com/SFErJLBlnH
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) December 30, 2016
At what point does Trump present a clear and present danger to the United States? And at what point is stuff treason?
— Gavin Sheridan (@gavinsblog) December 30, 2016
Liberals have previously made the case that the next president is guilty of treason as well prior to this week. Legal scholar John Shattuck argued in The Boston Globe this month that Trump “raises the specter of treason” by not agreeing with claims that Russia hacked the election.
Last week, Salon declared that Trump’s path to the White House indicates he’s a traitor.
A White House petition started in July demanding Trump be tried for treason has over 31,000 signatures as of Friday afternoon.