Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who challenges President Trump in the Republican primary, said on Monday that the president had betrayed his controversial phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
] The statement drew a swift blush from the Trump campaign.
"Trump Derangement Syndrome media illness has prompted them to actually discuss the planned execution of the President of the United States," Communications Director Tim Murtaugh told Fox News. "In severe cases of TDS like this, an immediate consultation with a doctor is recommended." In response to claims that Trump has pressured Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, son of former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, he threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine as a lever. Trump has denied wrongdoing.
"Talk about how you are putting pressure on a foreign country to disrupt and control a US election, it could not be clearer." And that does not just undermine democratic institutions, that's betrayal, "said Weld on MSNBC's" Morning Joe. " It is simply betrayal. And the punishment for high treason under the US Code is death. That's the only punishment. "
Weld described the impeachment as a possible alternative to criminal proceedings and stated," The punishment under the Constitution is the dismissal of the office, and that could be a pretty good alternative for the president to draft a plea deal. "
Weld's mention of the death penalty later sparked a conversation about the" legal framework "of the lawsuit. Weld said again, "The only punishment for betrayal is death, which is required by law."
While the US Code of Conduct lists the death penalty as a punishment for treason, Weld's claim that this is the only punishment is wrong. Treachery falls under Section 1
When Fox News asked Weld's campaign, they did not respond immediately.
CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP  Weld's comments came during a joint television appearance with the two other Longshot Republicans who challenged Trump the following year: the former Governor and Congressman of South Carolina Mark Sanford and former Illinois MP Joe Walsh. They have joined forces to protest against the cancellation of the GOP primaries in some states in 2020.