When Barack Obama was president, we spent eight years listening to an endless parade of right-wing critics compare him to Hitler and regularly equate the Democrats and the progressive movement with Nazis. So imagine our surprise when we heard Religious Right activist Gary Bauer complain that anyone who would dare to compare President Trump or Republicans to the Nazis is a despicable person who is engaging in modern-day McCarthyism.
While appearing on the “Point of View” radio program yesterday, Bauer said that such criticism of Trump and the GOP is “insane” and is making it “impossible to bring the country together.”
“There was a time in our history in the 1950s when some people—the most notable one was Congressman McCarthy—began first looking for communists in the government,” Bauer said. “There were some and it was good that they were exposed, but then it went too far and they were labeling everybody a communist and that became known as McCarthyism; smearing somebody by just sticking a label on them with no proof. And I believe what the left today, including many mainstream newspapers and TV shows and so forth, are engaged in is a form of left-wing McCarthyism where they label anybody that is pro-life, pro-family, believes in small government and lower taxes a Nazi or a fascist. It’s disgusting, it’s damaging to our country and it’s got to stop.”
Bauer was particularly outraged that anyone would dare to attack conservatives by “suggesting that they are the American equivalent of the Taliban.”
Here is Bauer less than three months ago declaring that we are “seeing the left now turn into an American Taliban.”