Would you condemn and belittle and berate a sitting US. president? Would you support and praise a brutal dictator?

Well, that is exactly what the Republican Party and Fox News is doing.

They, Donald Trump, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson are guilty of Treason: giving aid and comfort to the enemy.  The law does not differentiate whether the aid be physical in form or by words.

Historically, treason also covered disloyalty against one’s monarch and was known as high treason.

Comments made by the stars of Fox News network’s prime-time opinion programs came in contrast to coverage by its correspondents reporting from Ukraine.

Tucker Carlson questioned why Americans hated President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a segment on Tuesday night.

Treason is “the highest of all crimes” defined as intentionally betraying one’s allegiance by levying war against the government or giving aid or comfort to its enemies.  It’s the most serious offense one can commit against the government and punishable by imprisonment and death.

Treason is the only crime specifically defined in the Constitution. According to Article III, Section 3, a person is guilty of treason if he or she goes to war against the United States or gives “aid or comfort” to an enemy.

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000.

As Russia began an invasion into Ukraine, the Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday night welcomed a call in to her show from former President Donald J. Trump, who blamed the “weakness and the incompetence” of the Biden administration for the military strike.

As Mr. Putin mounts an offensive against Ukraine, despite diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and sanctions by the United States and other nations, the comments from some of Fox News’s biggest stars stood in contrast to the reporting from the network’s own journalists.

Treason is the crime of attacking a state authority to which one owes allegiance.  This typically includes acts such as participating in a war against one’s native country, attempting to overthrow its government, spying on its military, its diplomats, or its secret services for a hostile and foreign power, or attempting to kill its head of state.  A person who commits treason is known in law as a traitor.

Historically, in common law countries, treason also covered the murder of specific social superiors, such as the murder of a husband by his wife or that of a master by his servant.  Treason (i.e. disloyalty) against one’s monarch was known as high treason and treason against a lesser superior was petty treason. As jurisdictions around the world abolished petty treason, “treason” came to refer to what was historically known as high treason.

At times, the term traitor has been used as a political epithet, regardless of any verifiable treasonable action.  In a civil war or insurrection, the winners may deem the losers to be traitors.  Likewise the term traitor is used in heated political discussion – typically as a slur against political dissidents, or against officials in power who are perceived as failing to act in the best interest of their constituents. In certain cases, as with the Dolchstoßlegende (Stab-in-the-back myth), the accusation of treason towards a large group of people can be a unifying political message.

On Feb. 21, Ms. Griffin pushed back against the host Sean Hannity, who suggested that President Biden was to blame for the conflict.

“Sean, how we got to this point is a long story, and it predates the Biden administration,” she said, adding, “It includes mistakes made by every U.S. president since the Soviet Union fell apart.”

Mr. Carlson took an isolationist approach in the lead-up to the invasion.  On Tuesday night, he asserted that Democrats believed Americans had a “patriotic duty to hate Vladimir Putin,” but questioned why the Russian president was vilified.

“It might be worth asking yourself, since it is getting pretty serious: What is this really about? Why do I hate Putin so much?” Mr. Carlson said.  He added, “Has he shipped every middle-class job in my town to Russia?” He also argued that Ukraine was not a democracy.

“But Joe Biden likes Ukraine, so Putin bad, war good,” Mr. Carlson said.

On Wednesday night, Ms. Ingraham bumped her guest, the journalist Glenn Greenwald, to speak with Mr. Trump.  She described a speech by President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine imploring Mr. Putin not to invade as “a really pathetic display.”

Mr. Trump said Mr. Putin would have been satisfied with just taking over two separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine but had moved ahead with the invasion because “he sees the weakness and the incompetence and the stupidity” of the Biden administration.

After this war winds down, a military tribunal, similar to Nuremberg, should be empaneled and those found praising, giving quarter, verbally supporting the enemy be tried for their crime and sentenced accordingly.

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