Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar is facing scathing criticism after calling for the “hanging” of outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley after blaming him for the Jan. 6 response and him ” ‘promoting sodomy’.
Gosar, who was criticized and stripped of his committee seats in 2021 after posting a violent animated meme about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez but then reinstating it when Republicans took back control of the House, committed the attack in a newsletter with the title ‘This week’. with Gosar” which he posted on his official House account.
Gosar carried out the attack after stringing together bits of information from the days leading up to January 6, including early warnings that “bad actors were planning to cause trouble,” and then targeting Milley and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. blamed for the prolonged chaos at the Capitol. He accused them without any evidence of conspiring to delay a security response.
“After the riot was in full swing, the chief’s request for the National Guard was ultimately approved. But even after the approval was given, General Milley, the pro-gay BLM activist Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Defense, delayed it,” Gosar alleged, using the acronym for Black Lives Matter.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) reported that in a “better society” people like Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley “would be hanged.”
He accused Milley, who is stepping down on September 30 after a long military career, of “coordinating” with Pelosi to “hurt” Trump, calling his behavior “deviant” and “treasonous.”
“In a better society, quislings like the strange sodomy-promoting General Milley would be hanged,” he writes in his newsletter to voters.
His attacks come after a report the Atlantic Ocean that when Trump offered Milley the job in 2019, he told him that former Secretary of Defense James Mattis “goes soft on transgender people.”
Trump announced a ban on transgender military service, but President Biden reversed this.
The profileheadlined “The Patriot,” tells “How General Mark Milley Protected the Constitution from Donald Trump.”
Gosar appeared to repeat a Trump post from Friday that also referenced Milley’s execution.
Milley will step down from his position in a formal ceremony at the end of this week
Milley apologized after attending a photo-op with former President Trump in his military uniform amid protests over the death of George Floyd
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley before addressing troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2019, in Afghanistan
Gosar blamed Milley for the response on January 6
Trump referred to the Atlantic profile, which also detailed Milley’s efforts to reassure China after the attack on the Capitol.
“This man turned out to be a Woke train wreck who, if the Fake News reporting is correct, was actually doing business with China to give them insight into the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that in the past it would have been punishable by death!’ Trump posted.
Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling condemned the attack in an appearance on CNN, calling the comments “disgusting” and saying it “shows how deeply disturbed both of these individuals are.”
“It just shows the extent to which these kinds of things have become commonplace and not condemned in our divided country,” he said.
The Washington Post reported that Milley had called the Chinese to offer reassurance about the government’s stability during the transition and that this was “approved by Trump administration officials at the time.”
Neal Katyal, a former attorney general during the Obama administration, also went after Trump for the comments.
“I don’t think Mr. Bone Spurs is in a position to criticize any member of our military, let alone a war hero like General Milley,” Katyal told MSNBC, in a reference to Trump’s postponement of the military draft during the WWII. Vietnam era.
Trump’s attack comes as federal judge Tanya Chutkan weighs prosecutors’ request for a partial silence order against Trump following attacks on potential witnesses. Milley is a potential witness in both Trump’s Jan. 6 case in Washington and a separate case involving classified documents in Georgia.
Author Jeffrey Goldberg writes in the profile: “Milley has told friends that he expects that if Trump returns to the White House, the newly elected president will come after him. “He will throw people in jail, and I would be at the top of the list,” he has said.”
Milley is the highest-ranking U.S. military officer. He received his commission from Army ROTC after attending Princeton University, and deployed to Afghanistan as Commanding General of the Joint Command and Deputy Commanding General of the International Security Assistance Force, U.S. Forces Afghanistan.