During a televised interview with Jen Psaki on MSNBC, who hosts on the network after a stint as press secretary in the Biden administration, former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) condemned the recent discussion by ex-President Donald Trump of the possibility of executing Mark Milley, for which Trump claimed there was some kind of historical precedent. Milley is the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a top military position, and he’s frequently been at odds with Trump politically.
Milley, for instance, has been the reported originator of concerns about Trump’s basic stability in the office of president. And from other Republicans, he’s been among the leading officials accused of capitulating to what that party’s members like to call “woke” ideology, whatever precisely that description even means. Imagine the reaction from Republicans if a leading Democrat started musing on the potential execution of a top military official. And yet, no matter the accompanying claims from so many in the GOP that they’re the ones defending the interests of U.S. military and law enforcement personnel, so many Republicans are just still sticking with Trump’s latest campaign for president.
“To engage in language like that should be something that would eliminate somebody as a prospect for any public office,” Pelosi told Psaki. “Gen. Milley, a patriot in our country, was very courageous in the military on the battlefield — and in the public arena, in the White House. I’m saddened to hear that a former president would say that. Just another argument why he should never have been in the White House and should never be there again. Twice impeached, once defeated, how many times indicted?”
The situation exemplifies the context for the concerns that have circulated amid multiple criminal cases against Trump around the possibility of threatening language from the former president towards various categories of individuals involved with the proceedings. In Georgia, Trump-prosecuting Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has already discussed facing threats.
Check out Pelosi’s interview below: