Turley: ‘Dangerous Thing’ for Both Sides to Use the Term ‘Treason’
TURLEY: "Ando so, a traitor under the United States law and Constitution is really someone who is involved with the country who with which we are at war. Someone who is doing something that is truly undermining like a wartime treasonist act. The problem we have today is that people seem to mean it, you know, the rhetoric of treason has been around a long time. It’s irresponsible, it’s reckless, but people increasingly seem to mean it. They’re saying that, you know, Trump should be charged with treason, which is facially ridiculous. And Trump is responding by saying, you know, maybe the Democrats are treasonist for not applauding, which is equally ridiculous. The one thing that we have fortunately is a Constitution that wasn’t just written for times like these, it was written in times like these. I mean, when -- when they wrote the Constitution, these people weren’t just pretending like they wanted to kill each other. They were trying to kill each other. They -- they have the aliens edition acts. They -- People like Adams was eager to arrest people with differing views. So, our Constitution has -- has really been able to weather these types of periods, but it’s a dangerous thing for both sides to use this term."