NY-22 Minute: Tenney States Democrats Have "Bizarre Trump Derangement Syndrome" By Luke Perry

NY-22 Minute: Tenney States Democrats Have "Bizarre Trump Derangement Syndrome" By Luke Perry

Representative Tenney made national news this week defending President Trump’s claims that Democrats who did not stand during the State of the Union were “un-American” and “don’t love our country.” (examples here, here, and here). Tenney stopped short of calling this “treasonous.”

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Photo by AP

Democrats and Republicans have taken issue with the President’s comments. For instance, Representative Mark Meadows (R, NC-11), chair of the Freedom Caucus, stated that “certainly saying that someone’s un-American because of their unwillingness to clap is not something that most Americans would agree with.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that President Trump was being “tongue-in-cheek” and was “clearly joking.” Tenney’s comments on CNN did not suggest that Trump was speaking in jest. Representative Tenney furthered explained her views over the last two days.

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Photo by CSPAN

On Wednesday, Tenney stated on Talk of the Town (100.7 FM in Utica) that Democrats were “certainly not treasonous” and Trump was joking and “playing to his crowd.” At the same time, Democrats in the chamber for the State of the Union "were sitting down for things everybody would be standing for,” including the flag, national anthem, and God.

Tenney found it “particularly upsetting” that Democrats did not stand when the president recognized families in the audience who were “victims of MS-13 murders, their young daughters were killed.” Tenney believes that Democrats “stand for illegal immigrants who were murders over American people, over American ideas, over the flag,” which Tenney described as “bizarre Trump derangement syndrome.” (6:52 mark)

Tenney acknowledged that the president “steps on his message sometimes” because he is a “word salad of confusion sometimes.” Still, Democrats are mischaracterizing Trump in a manner that is “intentional” and “sinister” to “vilify the president.” (11:02 mark)

Representative Tenney reiterated these sentiments this morning on Fox Business when questioned about her position, adding “Yeah, I think the President has a point.”

Tenney stated that Democrats are now trying to raise money by citing her comments regarding them being unAmerican. "Of course that's not true," Tenney said, "many of my supporters are Democrats.”

 

 

Luke Perry (@PolSciLukePerry) is Chair and Professor of Government at Utica College. 

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