Former President Trump and Rep. Gosar Suggested That Gen. Mark Milley is A Traitor Who Deserves To Be Executed

Former President Donald Trump and Republican Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona have made inflammatory accusations against outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, suggesting that he is a traitor deserving of execution.

In a social media post on Friday, Trump lambasted General Milley, an Army general, accusing him of engaging in backchannel communications with Chinese counterparts during the final months of Trump's administration. Trump's post on his Truth Social platform read, "If the Fake News reporting is correct, [Milley] was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been death!"

Trump further asserted, "A war between China and the United States could have been the result of this treasonous act." It is noteworthy that Trump is currently leading the polls among 2024 GOP presidential nomination contenders.

In September 2021, General Milley testified before Congress, affirming that he had conveyed to Chinese officials that President Trump had no intentions of attacking China during his final weeks in office. He emphasized his role in de-escalating tensions.

Representative Gosar, in a newsletter published on Sunday, accused Milley of collaborating with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to harm President Trump. Gosar alleged that Milley had acted treasonously by purportedly delaying the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S. Capitol during the January 6, 2021, riot.

Gosar's incendiary remarks included a call for Milley's hanging, asserting that in a better society, "quislings like the strange sodomy-promoting General Milley would be hung." He also labeled Milley a "traitor."

As of now, there has been no response from General Milley's spokesperson regarding these accusations. General Milley is set to step down as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs at the end of September.

Speaker Pelosi, in response to Trump's comments, stated that "to engage in language like that should be something that would eliminate somebody as a prospect for any public office."

During his presidency, Trump was known for his critical remarks toward military officials, including referring to General Milley as a "dumbass" in 2021 and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis as "the world's most overrated general."

In 2020, The Atlantic reported that Trump declined to visit an American cemetery near Paris in 2018 and called U.S. Marines buried there as "losers" and "suckers." He allegedly referred to the more than 1,800 Marines who died in the Battle of Belleau Wood as "suckers" for losing their lives. This battle, which lasted for 20 days, ended with the successful clearance of German camps and is a symbol of valor in Marine Corps history.