Democratic Rep. Jim Himes said Nicaraguan dictators would be “embarrassed” by President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and took issue with him calling Democrats treasonous, Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day.”
“It’s yet the latest installment of this president taking our democracy and our country into the gutter. There are Nicaraguan dictators, there are Asian dictators who would be embarrassed to call their political opponents, because they happen to disagree politically, treasonous or un-American,” Himes said. “It’s quite frankly pathetic.”
Himes also brought up the incident when Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted “you lie” during Barack Obama’s first state of the union address and then accused Trump of turning America into a dictatorship.
“I also need to note, this is a long tradition. And lots of Democrats applauded at lots of things but eight years ago my very first speech with the brand new President Obama — a Republican stood up and shouted ‘you lie.’ 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,” Himes continued.
“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 Rachel Maddow you ought to aspire this country to have,” he concluded.
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