NBC News’ Michael Beschloss compared Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) to the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) for a “menacing” gesture at a Senate hearing.
“What U.S. Senator in history pointed menacingly at witnesses like this?” Beschloss wrote on Twitter, over a photo of Hawley in which he appeared to be holding his thumb and index finger together while speaking to a Senate witness. Beschloss, who appears on NBC as a presidential historian, posted a picture of McCarthy below the photo of Hawley. McCarthy, who served in the Senate from 1947 until his death in 1957, became infamous for crusading against communists in the United States government.
Users replied with a panoply of photos, including Newsbusters’ Curtis Houck, who shared a photograph