Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) criticized Republicans for their silence on what she said is one of the worst things Donald Trump has ever said.
Over the weekend, former president attacked Gen. Mark Milley in a social media post, claiming the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had committed treason, “an act so egregious that once upon a time the punishment would have been death!”
McCaskill was appalled that there was no uproar over “the idea that we were going to execute the highest-ranking military officer in the country.”
“Where is the chairman of the Armed Services Committee and the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee in the United States Senate?” Where is he?” McCaskill asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Where is [Republican Sen.] Joni Ernst, who served in the military? Where are the Republicans who say they care about the military?”
“The idea that he can get away with saying this without being completely lambasted by every Republican elected official is astounding to me,” she added.
“This is one of the worst things he has ever said and imagine how high the bar is set.”
Trump’s comments received surprisingly little attention. Brian Klaas, an associate professor of global politics at University College London, wrote in The Atlantic that the non-response “shows how numb the country has become to threats more typical of fractured, authoritarian regimes.”
Several legal experts also noted that Trump’s Milley outburst may have violated the court’s warnings to stop attacking potential witnesses in the cases against him.
The impetus for Trump’s post appeared to be another article in The Atlantic, an extensive profile of Milley that detailed how the military commander sought to protect the nation and the Constitution from Trump’s “moral decay.”
See McCaskill’s commentary on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” below.
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