Twitter hilariously mocks GOP congressional candidate for vowing to resurrect McCarthyism
Right-wing pastor and Republican congressional candidate Mark Burns pledged to establish a committee to investigate Americans who participate in "un-American activities" for treason if he is elected. Burns is an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump and his Make America Great Again cult.
Trump has not been shy about his affinity for totalitarian dictators like Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, who terrorize their citizens through brutal crackdowns on dissent.
The South Carolina preacher said on Tuesday on Real America's Voice – a conservative propaganda network – that he essentially seeks to resurrect McCarthyism, a political crusade during the height of the Cold War led by then-United States Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) that hunted down and punished individuals that they suspected were members of the Communist Party. The people that were targeted included elected officials, celebrities such as Marylin Monroe, and ordinary citizens exercising their First Amendment right to free speech. It was the OG witch hunt of the modern era.
Public backlash against McCarthy's campaign was fierce. He was eventually censured by the Senate and died of liver failure before the end of his first term.
Burns – who in 2016 admitted to falsifying his own biography – believes that a return to McCarthyism is precisely what the country needs.
"When I'm elected, I am going to help formulate and re-energize a committee called 'HUAC.' HUAC is the House of Un-American Activities Committee," said Burns. "This is a committee – it is not a new committee, it was a committee that was, during the time of, that existed during the 40s and the 50s – but it is a committee that its sole purpose is to identify Americans, media, elected officials who are doing un-American activities and to hold them for treason here in America."
Watch below via Right Wing Watch:
MAGA pastor Mark Burns vows that when he is elected to Congress, he will resurrect the House Un-American Activities Committee for the purpose of charging citizens, members of the media, and elected officials with treason.pic.twitter.com/6qYP659gWN— Right Wing Watch (@Right Wing Watch) 1647353949
Reactions on social media were predictably hilarious.
LOL nothing like thinking all that "un-American'ness" is everybody else "on the other side", when in fact, it's his side literally trying to overthrow Democracy because they don't like to lose elections.\n\nIt's always projection.— Hooliganius (As a lib, I feel owned) (@Hooliganius (As a lib, I feel owned)) 1647364791
Literally trying to bring back McCarthyism. Literally. Please keep running on this GQP. Please please please— CastorTroy \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@CastorTroy \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1647355027
What\u2019s an un American activity? Not having chimichurri sauce on your steak can be considered un American in Argentina.— Mario Hernandez (@Mario Hernandez) 1647355094
King George III did the same thing. The the Revolutionary War happened. Freedom of speech, assembly. and petition were written into the Constitution. Him and his dictatorship proclamations canpic.twitter.com/XbiIVT8yDK— JuneBug \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f (@JuneBug \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f) 1647354373
We are bring back all the old nightmares (Cold War / WW3 / USSR / Inflation) might as well get the red scare started against people who don't want to wear MAGA hats— 3JT (@3JT) 1647363752
He\u2019s going to be busy, starting with Fox News and the channel (?) he\u2019s squawking on in this clip— GoTitansGo!! (@GoTitansGo!!) 1647361246
Wow. If that doesn't sound like Russia, I don't know what does.— Droid Mechanic (@Droid Mechanic) 1647366497
Well, there go all the Republicans in Congress and all of Fox News— Penguin \ud83d\udc27\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf3b (@Penguin \ud83d\udc27\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf3b) 1647364042
Russia style government inside america seems like it\u2019ll be fun— moon cake candy flipping (@moon cake candy flipping) 1647354812
If he does that...there won't be any Republicans left in Congress!— \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08Tom T\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08Tom T\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1647355056
Is this lunatic going to attempt this single handedly— Barbara Wortman (@Barbara Wortman) 1647369453
These people are freaking insane— RicSilvestre \ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@RicSilvestre \ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1647354139
by "treason" I assume he means "refusing to accept donald trump as your personal savior".— Anti-Failkips Aktion (@Anti-Failkips Aktion) 1647354548
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