Not Just Bodies Die…Did We Just Witness the Death of Trumpism?

A Year In the Death 1/7/21

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  • Although it occurred almost 65 years ago, it contains a powerful personal link to Donald Trump that is so unbelievable I think Hollywood power brokers would reject it as too improbable of a story line if you pitched it to them.

“Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Little did I dream you would be so reckless and cruel to do an injury to that lad…If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I would do so. I like to think that I am a gentle man, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me. [At this point, McCarthy tried to interrupt, but Welch raised his voice and spoke over him.] Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?

And while McCarthyism didn’t die overnight, Welch’s words seemed to have broken the Senator’s spell of invincibility. Average Americans began turning against him. That shift of public opinion encouraged fellow Senators, including prominent members of his own Party, to finally stand up to him. And he was censured by the Senate before the year was out. Only three years later — on Thursday, May 2, 1957 — the hard-drinking McCarthy would die at Bethesda Naval Hospital at the age of 49.

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