A conservative group draws damning comparisons between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and the late Joseph McCarthy, the GOP senator who fueled anti-communist fears in the 1950s, in its new ad.
Joseph McCarthy â€œdeceived America, pushing a lie that our government was being taken over by communist spies,â€ says the voiceover of the 60-second video â€” titled â€œThe New McCarthyismâ€ â€” that was released by the Republican Accountability Project on Friday.
â€œHe gaslit America to advance his own political career,â€ it continues. â€œNow McCarthyism is back, with a new McCarthy: Kevin McCarthy. Just like Joe, Kevin McCarthy is gaslighting Americans.â€
The narrator then calls out current top House Republican Kevin McCarthy, a staunch defender of former President Donald Trump, for protecting â€œwhite nationalists, anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists while he whitewashes Jan. 6 all to advance his political power.â€
â€œJoe McCarthy and Kevin arenâ€™t so different,â€ the group, which is part of the anti-Trump Defending Democracy Together organization, wrote on YouTube.
Over the last eight months, the group has run multiple ads against Trumpâ€™s enablers and other Republicans who have downplayed the deadly Capitol riot â€” and continues to maintain an online â€œHall of Shameâ€ of the Trump-adoring Republicans in Congress who â€œcannot be trusted with power.â€
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