McCarthy Condemned

McCarthy Condemned

The Senate votes 67 to 22 in favor of condemning — but not censuring — McCarthy for false accusations and his crass demeanor throughout the Army-McCarthy hearings. Vice President Richard Nixon, presiding over the Senate, strikes the word “censure” from the resolution’s title at the last minute at the behest of McCarthy’s die-hard supporters who, as author Haynes Johnson put it, “launched an effort to discredit the proceedings and diminish the meaning of what took place.”23 Not a single act of espionage or subversion was ever found by McCarthy’s subcommittee.24

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