The Most Important Turning Points in Senator Joe McCarthy's Political Career

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The Most Important Turning Points in Senator Joe McCarthy's Political Career

Joe McCarthy gained fame at the height of the 'Red Scare' in America, between 1945 and 1952. During the Red Scare, people were very worried about the rise of communism in the world.

In 1946 there was the discovery of a large communist spy ring in Canada. It began to make people paranoid about communists in trades unions. At that time, Joe McCarthy was a senator for the Republicans; he was in direct opposition to President Truman, a Democrat.

The issue of the Red Scare was an important way to get votes and many programs and bills were passed to stop the infiltration of spies and communists into American society. The
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This captivated the American people, and it was the time at which the Red Scare was at its most intense. McCarthy was taking advantage of it, constantly accusing people of being communists, doctoring photos to prove it. He accused the media, and the film industry.

When Eisenhower, a fellow Republican, became President, McCarthy lost the friction he had always had between himself and the President, which he had always thrived on.

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Eventually McCarthy overstepped the line, accusing the army of hiding 45 communists in its ranks.

He had no real proof or evidence that he was correct in his accusations. The media was accusing him of faking photos and evidence just to get fame; people were beginning to look harder at what he was saying.

A commission was soon set up to hear the charges between the U.S army and McCarthy. 20 million people watched on TV as the lawyer Robert Welch humiliated McCarthy. McCarthy turned up drunk. Ending up with everyone connected to him getting extremely embarrassed by him, even fellow Republican senators. Eventually he made the mistake of claiming that a man in Robert Welch's company was in fact a communist, once, a long time ago. This appalling accusation was not popular, and Robert Welch completely wiped the floor with him. McCarthy's time was gone; he was disgraced,