During the McCarthy era of the 1950s, Sen. Joseph McCarthy and other conservatives accused hundreds of Americans of being “communists” or “communist sympathizers”.
They didn’t just spread fears of communist influence and espionage by secret Soviet agents. They accused many individuals who were aggressively investigated and hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee and various federal agencies.
Many of those who were accused lost their jobs and their careers. Some went to jail, though many were later exonerated.
My, how things change.
Today, a Republican President yearns to be friends with President Putin, thinks Putin is more credible than our own CIA and denies the conventional wisdom that Russia interfered in the last election.
At the same time, his right-hand man, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is blocking legislation that would protect our voting system from Russian interference.
Where are all those commie-haters now?