Joe Biden is not one to mince words. Like most people, he’s not concerned with the “legal” definition, but expresses what most Americans that hear the word treason, believe is the meaning of the word.
Mother Jones has more excerpts from the book Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff and David Corn. They have some pretty good stuff from inside the oval office when, after the election, Obama and Biden were informed about the true extent of Trump’s “treason”.
The president was incredulous. He added, “What’s happening?” One participant in the meeting later said, “You don’t really expect to hear the term ‘golden showers’ in the President’s Daily Brief or that the guy who is going to become president may be a Manchurian candidate.”
Biden: “It’s treason.” In the last weeks of the Obama presidency, Vice President Joe Biden was briefed on intelligence reports on the connections between assorted Trump associates and Russians. He had a visceral reaction. “If this is true,” he exclaimed. “It’s treason.”
If it’s good enough for a remarkable Vice President of the United States to use the word “treason” to describe this Russian/Republican attack on our democracy, I think it’s good enough for me. Mueller is taking care of the legal fight that we desperately need, and the rest of us need to take the political fight to the rest of the country. The uninformed public will be moved far more by the word “treason” than the word “conspiracy”. We need to get people to wake up to the existential threat our country faces from a hostile nation and the Republicans helping an attack on our democracy. If Biden says it’s treason, I’m not going to argue with him.