Dems shy away from calling Trump's Helsinki comments "treason"
House and Senate Democratic leadership. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Why it matters: "If Democrats align behind the term, it raises the question of what they plan to do about it. The party ... doesn't have an answer."
- "A debate has raged in Democratic circles this week over how strongly to condemn Trump's comments."
- "The legal definition of treason is providing 'aid and comfort' to enemies of the U.S., a high crime."
- "The language also risks alienating swing voters who don't appreciate over-the-top rhetoric. After all, treason is a crime so serious that the convicted can be executed."