Georgia Republican Kandiss Taylor said corrupt law enforcement officers should face firing squads if found guilty of treason.
Taylor's speech at a rally in Forsyth, Georgia, on Sunday went viral and accumulated over a million views after she claimed treasonous officials might face the firing squad and falsely claimed that death by firing squad is in the Constitution.
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"We are not making backroom deals with sheriffs. They are the highest constitutional office of their county, and they are going to do the will of the people. I don't mind handcuffing them, either," Taylor said. "The Constitution says, when you commit treason, it is death by firing squad. I didn't write it. It is in there. It is serious."
Although treason is found in Article 3 of the Constitution, death by firing squad is not. The Constitution does not call for punishment by death. However, the Crimes Act, passed by Congress in 1790, said treason is punishable by death. Treason is considered the highest crime in the country.
Taylor, who is running for governor, also asked supporters to pray for corrupt officers and to pray those officers are replaced quickly.
Sunday's comments were not the first time Taylor has been controversial. She got people's attention in February after a photo of her standing in front of a tour bus that displayed the words "Jesus, Guns, Babies" was shared on her social media pages. A different tweet also went viral last week after she commented that Native Americans made a huge sacrifice so that people could worship Jesus freely.
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"The First Amendment right, which is our right to worship Jesus freely — that's why we have a country. That's why we have Georgia," Taylor said. "That's why we had our founding fathers come over here and destroy American Indians' homes and their land. They took it. Look at what they went through, the Native Americans for sacrifice for us to have the freedom that we have today."
The gubernatorial primaries are scheduled for Tuesday, and Taylor finds herself in third place by huge margins. Taylor is running against former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and Gov. Brian Kemp. Kemp is leading in the polls. The winner of Tuesday's election will likely face Stacey Abrams in November.