Donald Trump today called the Russia investigation a “phony witch hunt” (emphasis mine):
Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!
I know I’m picking nits, but still — words matter. This is our PRESIDENT, for crying out loud, and he is uttering pure gibberish!
What the hell is a “phony Witch Hunt”? Would he prefer a real witch hunt? This is a medium (twitter) where Mr. Trump is supposed to be a master, and a medium where literally every character counts.
Of course, the entire message is meaningless junk. Still, that word — “phony” — it reeks of McCarthy-era red-baiting. We know that Mr. Trump spent his lifetime under the tutelage of Roy Cohn, Joseph McCarthy’s “right-hand man”.
It seems as though Mr. Trump is summoning the ghost of Joseph McCarthy. Am I the only one who notices this? Didn’t we already learn this dreadful lesson once, more than sixty years ago?