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Jake Tapper Compares Trump to Joseph McCarthy: ‘History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes’

On Tuesday night, CNN anchor Jake Tapper shared an observation he made about President Trump.

Tapper told Stephen Colbert that he was “reading a lot about the 50s lately” and invoked Joseph McCarthy and his “crusade of indecency and smears and lies.”

“President Trump and Joe McCarthy are very different historical figures but there is something similar,” Tapper elaborated. “They say, ‘history doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes.’ And when you read about that era, Joe McCarthy was doing indecent things and lying for years and years with Republicans and Democrats not saying anything.”

He acknowledged that a few individuals spoke out against the Wisconsin senator like Sen. Margaret Chase Smith and compared her to outgoing senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake who have been outspoken with their criticisms of Trump, but “mostly people were quiet.”

“And history looks back at that time and says, ‘Boy, what a bunch of wusses. They were wrong,'” he elaborated. “People are going to look back at this era and say ‘what were you doing with all– it’s not McCarthyism, but it’s something else– all this indecency and all these lies? What did do you during that time? It’s something I think about all time as an interviewer and as a broadcaster. It’s important– you know, there aren’t two sides when it comes to the truth. There’s one side: the truth.”

When Colbert asked Tapper if there was “any hope” to his McCarthy metaphor, Tapper responded by saying that McCarthy “imploded” but he doesn’t know “how it all ends.”

Watch the clip above, via CBS.

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