Twitter hilariously mocks GOP congressional candidate for vowing to resurrect McCarthyism

Twitter hilariously mocks GOP congressional candidate for vowing to resurrect McCarthyism
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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:

Reactions on social media were predictably hilarious.

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