TEXAS VIEW: Civility lacking on both sides in Congress

By Amarillo Globe-News

Civility — or the lack thereof — goes both ways in U.S. Congress.

Following his recent State of the Union address, President Donald Trump criticized Democrats, primarily Nancy Pelosi, for failing to clap.

Said Trump: “Can we call that treason? Why not! I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”

Granted, some Democrats, such as Pelosi, had a look on their face during the SOTU as if they had just sat on a tack.

And we are of the opinion the president does not really think that the Democratic sourpuss face during his SOTU is tantamount to treason. The president says — and tweets — things just to get a reaction. This is what he does.

However, the president would still be well advised to remember that this absurd claim of treason goes both ways.

During a joint session of Congress in 2009, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., infamously shouted “You lie!” at President Barack Obama. Obama was claiming health care reform would not include coverage for illegal immigrants.

Accusing someone of being a liar — even the president — is not treason, but it certainly trumps (pardon the pun) on the classless scale Democrats and their stone-faces during the recent SOTU.

What does the comparison mean? Not much, other than when it comes to a lack of professionalism if not respect, both parties can play the game.