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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Members of Congress wear black clothing and Kente cloth in protest before the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the first State of the Union address given by U.S. President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

During a speech in a manufacturing plant in Cincinnati, Ohio, President Donald Trump called Democrats “treasonous” for their reactions to his State of the Union address.

Democrats largely remained seated and didn’t give Donald Trump the standing ovations that the Republicans did, even as the president frequently gestured to the Democrats while saying something he thought they should stand up for.

“They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘Treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not,” Trump said of their reactions during his speech.

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“Can we call that treason? Why not,” he added, according to CNN.

“I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country that much,” he continued, insisting that the Democratic reaction was “very, very sad.”

 

Democrats sent Trump a message

Black members of Congress made sure they would be heard at Donald Trump’s first State of the Union, even if POTUS was the one doing all the talking.

Members of the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) wore brightly colored yellow, green, black and red kente cloth accents to President Trump’s first State of the Union address, as a sign of defiance against his “sh*thole* comments about African and Caribbean countries.

“The whole idea was to show support for Africa, particularly after the President called Africa and Haiti s-holes,” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in an exclusive interview with theGrio.  “We thought it would be important for us to demonstrate our support in some way.”

Representatives also took issue with Donald Trump’s reported remarks expressing a preference for certain type of immigrants.

“To eliminate diversity visas targets people of color,” said Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) in an interview with theGrio. “How dare you? And to say you want more people like Norway? The president has been very clear, diversity has no value with him.”

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In addition to kente cloth, members wore round red pins with the name “Recy” as a tribute to 97-year-old Recy Taylor of Alabama, who survived a gang rape by six white men in 1944 and never saw justice.

Although Taylor died in December, her story got new life during Oprah Winfrey‘s #TimesUp speech at the Golden Globes.

Taylor’s granddaughter Mary Murray and great-granddaughter Aisha Walker, also attended the State of the Union with Rep. Teri Sewell (D-Birmingham) and wore the pins.

“I know my grandmother’s smiling down and she’s proud,” said Walker.