Conspiracy Theory WTF

Cruz Adviser: Actually, Joe McCarthy Had it Right

A member of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's national security team says the infamous Senator Joseph "Joe" McCarthy was "spot on" in his hunt for secret communists.

Clare Lopez spoke to South Carolina radio host Vince Coakley and said we need to depose the non-existent ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood in the government.

“Brotherhood affiliates and associates and those connected to it are the go-to advisers, if not appointees, for the top levels of national security in our government, in this administration for sure, but going back many decades, really, is the program of this Brotherhood,” she claimed. [...]

“We can go all the way back, of course, to the time of the Cold War and back to the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s when communists, you know, the KGB, infiltrated our government at the very highest levels,” she said. “And then, like now, we were unprepared and in large measure unaware of what was going on, at least until the House Un-American Activities got rolling in the 1950s with Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who absolutely was spot-on in just about everything he said about the levels of infiltration. So we have precedent for this where we were not fully aware of the infiltration occurring at the time.”

It wasn't entirely clear what Ted Cruz meant when he called for patrolling and securing Muslim neighborhoods, but this could be a hint.

The idea that the Muslim Brotherhood controls or influences significant parts of our government is a long-running conspiracy theory.

In addition to accusations that President Obama himself is a secret Muslim, former Attorney General Eric Holder was also accused of either being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or taking orders from them. Longtime Clinton adviser Huma Abedin has also been accused of being a Muslim saboteur of some description who may have even been responsible for Benghazi. Or something.

Joe McCarthy never actually exposed secret communist forces in the government and the scope of his accusations didn't stop at political ideology. McCarthy also deployed homophobic attacks against fellow congressmen and he was eventually censured but not before launching an investigation of the U.S. Army.

This is the legacy Cruz adviser Clare Lopez calls "spot on."

Ted Cruz is just as bad or worse than Donald Trump and he's the GOP's only realistic alternative to Trump.