Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) made controversial remarks on Sunday, implying that Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, should face severe consequences for his actions concerning the events at the Nation’s Capital on Jan. 6, 2021.
Gosar shared his perspective in a Sunday newsletter, referencing the recent testimony of former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund before the House Administration Committee. Gosar highlighted Sund’s claim of asking for National Guard support, alleging it was “delayed” by Gen. Milley.
In his newsletter, Gosar criticized Milley, stating, “Even after the approval was granted, General Milley, who has openly supported LGBT rights and the BLM movement, delayed.” Gosar further claimed that Milley was collaborating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi against President Trump.
Gosar suggested that individuals like Gen. Milley would face severe consequences for their actions at a different time. He also referred to Milley as a “traitor.” His sentiments seemed to echo those of former President Trump, who recently alleged that Milley secretly communicated with Chinese officials during the final days of his presidency.
Former President Trump expressed his concerns about Milley’s actions, suggesting that such behavior in the past would have had dire consequences. He mentioned the gravity of the situation, indicating that the alleged actions could have led to heightened tensions between China and the U.S.
Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling responded to Gosar and Trump’s comments in an interview with CNN, condemning their aggressive language towards Milley. Hertling emphasized that the violent rhetoric displayed was concerning and criticized Gosar’s derogatory statements.
In April, Gosar shared an article that described Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland using a derogatory label, suggesting their religious background as a factor in their policy decisions.
Additionally, last year, he appeared at an event in Florida associated with white nationalist Nick Fuentes, a known Holocaust denier and admirer of Adolf Hitler. Furthermore, it was disclosed earlier this year that a member of Gosar’s team was a notable supporter of Fuentes.
Gosar has faced criticism before for making violent implications against U.S. officials. Notably, in 2021, the House censured him after he posted an animated video depicting him attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and President Biden.