On a Fox News “Special Report” segment, Congresswomen Debbie Dingell (Dem. Michigan) lashed out at Donald Trump for his recent statement that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails. Specifically, Trump said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”Dingell called his words an act of treason.” Senior Fox analyst Britt Hume quickly pointed out that such inflammatory rhetoric sounded like the words used during the Joe McCarthy era where government officials were regularly accusing selected (and often innocent) enemies of being Un-American. Moreover, Hume suggested that Trump was joking. Dingell back-pedaled and said that even joking about such matters was Un-American.
We think that Dingell’s words comparing Trump’s jestful comments to treason are so lacking in common sense that we thought she was joking, as Trump obviously was. But it doesn’t seem to be that way, she meant it. We realize that she was spinning talking points for the Clinton campaign, but Dingell still came off as goofy. We wondered how someone like her gets elected to Congress then we learned she is not alone in the Democrat circles. Former CIA Director Leon Panetta called Trump’s comments “totally outrageous” and questioned his loyalty to the United States on CNN. Of course, both are Clinton loyalists.
One could easily chalk up the stupid comments the two made to political absurdity, but we think these people dangerously cheapen the seriously evil impact that McCarthyism had on individuals and their families when they draw such comparisons. Making light of this dark era for political gain is “totally outrageous”. It is apparent that such people will go to any length to do their candidate’s bidding.