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‘Disqualifying Language’: Donald Trump Might Have Finally Gone Too Far

By Gage Skidmore: Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Donald Trump Seems to Call For Execution of Four-Star General Mark Milley – Donald Trump insinuated the execution of the retiring Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley on Friday in a shocking post on Truth Social.

The former president was writing in relation to Milley’s phone call of reassurance to China following the Capitol Riots on January 6, 2021. This particular phone call was explicitly authorized by Trump-administration officials, despite the former president’s insistence to the contrary.

On his social media platform, Trump wrote that Milley’s call was “an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH. [sic]” 

Trump added that “a war between China and the United States could have been the result of this treasonous act,” despite Gen. Milley telling the Senate Armed Services Committee that his responsibility was to “de-escalate” tensions. “My message again was consistent: Stay calm, steady, and de-escalate. We are not going to attack you,” Milley said in September 2021.

An Ongoing War Of Words

Trump’s comments came after a profile piece on Gen. Milley published by the Atlantic on Friday. According to Milley, the then-President made a “disturbing” comment about wounded veteran Captain Luis Avila.

“Why do you bring people like that here? No one wants to see that, the wounded,” Trump allegedly said before asking Milley to never let the soldier make a public appearance again. Avila lost his leg in an IED attack in Afghanistan and had suffered two heart attacks, two strokes, and brain damage as a result of his injuries.

Gen. Milley was required to educate the then-President on the concepts of honor, sacrifice and duty, who allegedly had a “sour view” of the armed forces. Trump also reportedly described U.S. Marines buried near Paris as “losers” and “suckers,” in his explanation for refusing to visit the cemetery.

Gosar & Pelosi

The Republican frontrunner’s remarks prompted GOP Rep. Paul Gosar to also launch an attack on Gen. Milley. As part of a Sunday newsletter, Gosar accused Milley of working with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “to hurt President Trump, and treasonously working behind Trump’s back” by allegedly delaying the deployment of the National Guard on January 6.

“In a better society, quislings like the strange sodomy-promoting General Milley would be hung,” Gosar wrote, before describing the four-star general as a “traitor.”

Pelosi, when asked about Trump’s comments in an interview with MSNBC on Monday, said: “To engage in language like that should be something that would eliminate somebody as a prospect for any public office.”

About the Author

Shay Bottomley is a British journalist based in Canada. He has written for the Western Standard, Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express, Windsor Express, Berkshire Live and Southend Echo, and has covered notable events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Shay Bottomley is a British journalist based in Canada. He has written for the Western Standard, Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express, Windsor Express, Berkshire Live and Southend Echo, and has covered notable events including the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

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