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Donald Trump does his best Joe McCarthy impression

By today's standards, the news of Mr. McCarthy's speech spread across the nation at a glacial pace

James Risen & Tom Risen | NYT 

On Feb. 9, 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy disembarked from his Capital Airlines plane at Stifel Field here, where he planned to speak at a Lincoln Day event hosted by the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club. At the McLure Hotel downtown that night, Joe McCarthy, a 41-year-old junior Republican senator from Wisconsin, gave one of the most infamous speeches in American history, mixing right-wing demagogy and outright lies as he claimed that there were hundreds of Communists burrowed deep in the State Department and accused President Harry Truman’s Democratic administration ...

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First Published: Sun, June 25 2017. 15:54 IST