OAN Reporter Pearson Sharp Denies Calling for Mass Execution of Election 'Traitors'

A One America News Network (OAN) reporter who was heavily criticized for discussing the possibility that thousands of people who allegedly committed election fraud could face the death penalty for treason denied that he called for the mass execution of American citizens.

A clip of Pearson Sharp's monologue went viral on Wednesday as people expressed their outrage at him claiming the 2020 election was rigged—a falsehood frequently pushed by the OAN network—while noting the punishment for treason.

"How many people were involved in these efforts to undermine the election? Hundreds? Thousands? Tens of thousands? How many people does it take to carry out a coup against the presidency?" Sharp asks.

He then goes on to ask viewers what could happen to those "responsible for overthrowing" the election.

"What are the consequences for traitors who meddled with our sacred democratic process and tried to steal power by taking away the voices of the American people? What happens to them? Well, in the past, America had a very good solution for dealing with such traitors: Execution."

There's a real fascist vibe to this One America News personality calming calling for the execution of potentially tens of thousands of Americans over fake voter fraud claims. pic.twitter.com/wm4E0qVJaf

— Will Sommer (@willsommer) June 24, 2021

Speaking to Newsweek on Thursday, Sharp denied his comments were gleefully calling for the mass execution of potentially tens of thousands of people over false voter fraud claims and instead was merely pointing out the legal ramifications of committing treason.

"To be clear, I'm simply reporting that conspiring against the government to overthrow an election, with the help of a foreign government, would be treason. If that is investigated, and if that is proven, then US laws maintain that execution is a legal punishment for those crimes," Sharp said. "That is the extent of the report.

"Neither I, nor OAN, are suggesting anyone should be executed. That is for the appropriate law enforcement agencies to determine. OAN is simply pointing out that if election fraud is proven, then it could very well constitute treason. And according to our laws, treason is punishable by death. If it is found that government officials coordinated with foreign countries to overthrow the election, then that would be the very definition of treason."

He added: "My exact words were, 'Any American involved in these efforts—from those who ran the voting machines, to the very highest government officials—is guilty of treason under US Code 2381, which carries with it the penalty of death.'

"I stated that treason carries with it the penalty of death. I never 'called for' anyone's execution. That is specifically untrue, I very clearly did not say that."

Calmly Calling for Executions

The Sharp video was posted on Twitter by Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer, where it has since been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

While sharing the clip, Sommer accused Sharp of having a "real fascist vibe" for calmly calling for the executions of Americans over fake voter fraud claims.

"I came across the clip because QAnon people are [seeing] it as proof that the mass executions are right around the corner," Sommer added. "Lots of glee in the Q chat rooms, demands for how exactly their imagined executions will be carried out and complaints they had to wait too long."

QAnon supporters have long called for the mass execution of Donald Trump's enemies and satanic pedophiles, believing such an event would occur publicly at Joe Biden's inauguration.

Followers of the radical movement have also pushed for a Myanmar-style military coup in the U.S. in order to overthrow the government and restore Trump as president.

Responding to Sommer's fascism remarks, Sharp told Newsweek: "As always, people are free to say what they want, but it doesn't make it true. Fascist is a popular buzzword to drum up attention, but has no bearing in this situation."

Other social media users questioned what punishment Sharp would suggest for those found guilty of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

"As far as I know, it was not officially found to be an insurrection. However, I understand quite a few people have been arrested," Sharp said. "If convicted and found guilty, I trust that our justice system will issue an appropriate sentence for their crimes."

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(File reporter) A reporter with One America News Network works at a campaign rally with President Donald Trump at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on September 25, 2020, in Newport News, Virginia. OAN's Pearson Sharp denied calling for the mass executions of American citizens over voter fraud claims. y Drew Angerer/Getty Images