Former FBI director James Comey on Thursday issued a tweet that tied in a reference to "Red Scare" senator Joseph McCarthy to a thinly-veiled allusion to President Donald Trump — and right-wing Twitter exploded in outrage.
"American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up," the Trump-fired former FBI director tweeted. "Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy."
All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would. But take heart: American history shows… https://t.co/uw1t25MbtX— James Comey (@James Comey) 1517525462.0
"There is no greater Left-wing invented slur than ‘McCarthyism,'" Trump transition team member Steve Milloy responded.
There is no greater Left-wing invented slur than ‘McCarthyism.’ Joe McCarthy was right (read the Stan Evans expose… https://t.co/1cJKIFxX3W— Steve Milloy (@Steve Milloy) 1517526591.0
"Robert Mueller is a spitting image of Joe McCarthy," another user responded.
MSNBC producer Steve Benen pointed out that McCarthy apologism has been in vogue among the right in recent years, its chief proponent being ex-White House adviser and ousted Breitbart executive Steve Bannon.
Not to put too fine a point on this, but in recent years, support for Joe McCarthy, his tactics, and his legacy has… https://t.co/OPtbI3yBqR— Steve Benen (@Steve Benen) 1517527512.0
Check out the best of the right-wing freakout below:
@Comey Joe McCarthy was right the rats at the CPDNC will never have anything named after them. However you and seve… https://t.co/gylvhUgO9S— AnAmericanMom (@AnAmericanMom) 1517527540.0
#JoeMcCarthyWasRight https://t.co/XHB7keDnp9— ❌Shadowbannedit❌ (@❌Shadowbannedit❌) 1517528438.0
For decades, Joe McCarthy has been a totem upon which hate from the left is projected. They know little about him—l… https://t.co/QFzRLDQYvR— David Reaboi (@David Reaboi) 1517527074.0
Former FBI Director James @Comey sent this tweet out just moments ago-- https://t.co/tlmGJz0Jqd— Bret Baier (@Bret Baier) 1517526491.0