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Gingrich Wants to Bring Back McCarthyism

Is Newt Gingrich trying to make up for calling Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump an “absurd amateur?”

The vice presidential hopeful has launched a full-throated defense of Donald Trump’s unhinged respond to the Orlando club shooting, going even further than Trump did.

While Trump called for banning all Muslim, immigrants, and refugees, Gingrich called for resurrecting the original un-American activities committee and for revoking citizenship.

“We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after Nazis. We passed several laws in 1938 and 1939 to go after Nazis and we made it illegal to help the Nazis. We’re going to presently have to go take the similar steps here,” Gingrich said in a Monday appearance on “Fox and Friends.” […]

“We’re going to say, if you pledge allegiance to ISIS, you are a traitor and you have lost your citizenship,” Gingrich said.

I suppose the Constitution is merely a suggestion.

One could argue we already have an Un-American Activities Committee in the form of the Benghazi Committee, but Gingrich clearly has something even more insidious in mind. Gingrich wants to create a committee that will not go after people who are actually un-American, like Donald Trump. He wants a committee that will investigate Muslim Americans.

Despite his criticism of Trump, I believe it’s still possible Trump will select Gingrich as his running mate. Gingrich fits the mold of someone who could take pressure away from Trump by being horrible in his own right.

  • ninjaf

    Yet one more example of how Republicans think the answer to all of our problems can be found in the 1950s.

  • muselet

    Charlie Pierce ripped Newt Gingrich a new one this morning:

    First of all, as a former assistant professor of history and substitute metal-shop teacher at Bugtussle Regional State College And Live Bait Barge, Gingrich has to know that HUAC was not created as a standing committee of the House until 1945, and that its primary aim was chasing shadows and the rancid butterflies flittering over the garbage dumps that were the minds of its members.

    Before that, it was merely a special investigation committee. It ransacked, among other things, the Federal Theater Program, but it declined to investigate the Ku Klux Klan because, as John Rankin of Mississippi put it, the Klan was nothing more than an old American institution. However, by the late 1960s, it had become a joke; Abbie Hoffman once was subpoenaed and showed up dressed as Santa Claus.

    But is there any doubt that the Definer of civilization’s rules and Leader (perhaps) of the civilizing forces would like to be the guy oiling the thumbscrews and apply a fresh coat of tar to the blacklist?

    Personally, I think Gingrich is fooling himself if he thinks Donald Trump will allow himself to share attention with another enormous ego.

    –alopecia

  • Georgie

    Shit, I thought he was dead, damn it to hell.

  • Victor the Crab

    An embarrassing American wanting to bring back one of the most shameful moments in American history. Seems par for the course.

  • gescove

    “We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after Nazis” – until we realized we could use it to go after whoever and whenever we damn well pleased, armed with nothing more than accusations, leaks, and innuendo. Yes, those were the days… the Select Committee on Benghazi can’t hold a candle to HUAAC.

  • The vice presidential hopeful has launched a full-throated defense of Donald Trump’s unhinged respond to the Orlando club shooting, going even further than Trump did.
    Bam! Gingrich is halfway to the Vice Presidency. Now he just needs to get Trump a Big Mac and some fries and it’s Vice President Newt!

    • Victor the Crab

      It’ll officially be his if he gets him a Happy Meal with the toy prize inside.

      • ninjaf

        But only a boy toy.. Wait, no. That didn’t come out right.

  • Aynwrong

    “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

    No. No he does not.

  • Every day I read more and more horrible things from Trump and Trump supporters. It’s like a nightmare that we can’t wake up from. I may have to take a break from the news until the election is over.