Donald Trump’s virulent assault on Sen. McCain is further evidence that he is Joe McCarthy with layered hair.
Who can forget that it was the monstrous Republican Wisconsin senator who smeared President Eisenhower, members of Congress and others as “comsymps” at the height of the Red Scare of the 1950s? But it did finally contribute a memorable response from Joseph Welch, the grandfatherly lawyer at the Army-McCarthy hearings whose law firm was a member of the alleged red National Lawyers guild.
“Until this moment,” Welsh hurtfully replied to McCarthy at the televised hearing, “I think I never really gauged your cruelty or recklessness….Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?”
How appropriate for Trump’s rampage. I have a hunch that he’s driven by a late-life crises to extend a mid-life version from which he never fully recovered. The GOP, in thrall in Trump’s monkey house, should put out a call for a Joseph Welch so it can get on with its business.