Republican congressional candidate Noah Malgeri called for General Mark Milley to be executed on live television for treason during an interview earlier in December.
Republicans previously accused Milley—who serves as the chair of the Joints Chiefs of Staff—of treason after The Washington Post reported on a phone call he allegedly made to General Li Zuocheng of China in October 2020 and January 2021 to reassure Li that the United States would not attack China.
Malgeri echoed those criticisms during a December 7 interview with the group Veterans in Politics, adding that he believes execution could be a potential punishment for Milley’s alleged crimes.
He dismissed calls for a congressional commission to investigate the alleged crimes because « all the evidence is out there. »
« Just convene a general court-martial, and forget a congressional hearing. Convene a general court-martial, try him for the crimes, » Malgeri said.
He went on to discuss what would happen if Milley were found guilty.
« We need to get back to our patriotic, liberty-loving roots. What did they used to do to traitors if they were convicted by a court? They would execute them. That’s still the law in the United States of America. I think, you know, if he’s guilty of it by a court-martial, they should hang him on CNN. I mean, they’re not going to do it on CNN. But on C-SPAN or something, » he said.
Newsweek reached out to Malgeri’s campaign for comment.
Malgeri is running in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, a swing district consisting of parts of Las Vegas and its suburbs. The district is currently represented by Democrat Susie Lee. President Joe Biden also carried the district in 2020.
Ahead of the 2022 midterms, the Cook Political Report ranks the district as « lean Democrat, » meaning, it is considered competitive but one party has an advantage. Malgeri also faces competition in the GOP primary, as several other Republicans have entered the race.
He has been endorsed by Arizona Representative Paul Gosar, who praised him as « the only true ‘America First’ candidate » running in the district.
Milley allegedly made the call to Li over concerns about former President Donald Trump’s mental state. The conversation was allegedly prompted by a call with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who told him: « You know [Trump’s] crazy. »
Trump also issued a statement criticizing Milley in September. He wrote that if the story were true, « I assume he would be tried for TREASON in that he would have been dealing with his Chinese counterpart behind the President’s back and telling China that he would be giving them notification ‘of an attack.’ Can’t do that! »
Florida Senator Marco Rubio accused Milley of working « to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China. »