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How are Trump's cries of socialism much different from McCarthy's red-baiting?

How are Trump's cries of socialism much different from McCarthy's red-baiting?
President Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House on Aug. 17, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)

To the editor: As I read the L.A. Times’ article on the trend by presidents and other politicians toward “increasingly simple, straightforward sentences that a casual listener could more readily follow,” I recalled the staccato speech pattern of Sen. Joseph McCarthy addressing the 1952 Republican National Convention:

“Even if there were only one communist in the State Department, that would be one communist too many.”

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Similar to McCarthy, President Trump used the scare word du jour, “socialist,” in his Feb. 11 address to a rally crowd in El Paso, Texas: “So I again say to you — and I say it for the world to hear — America will never be a socialist country.”

Substitute “communist” for “socialist,” and one would be hard-pressed to distinguish Trump from McCarthy.

Walter Gajewski, Long Beach

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