NBC Hack Tries to Go After Josh Hawley, Ends Up Looking Terribly Silly

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I remember that once upon a time, long ago, that I used to think Michael Beschloss a responsible presidential historian.

Unfortunately, watching what he’s tweeted over the past couple of years has completely disabused me of any such pretense. He’s another one who President Donald Trump broke, another one who revealed just how far out there he really is. But he’s still working for NBC as their presidential historian.

Now I wrote earlier about Sen. Josh Hawley’s questioning of Merrick Garland during his Senate hearing on his nomination for Attorney General. As I reported, Garland said the strangest thing ever, claiming that an attack on a federal courthouse might not be “domestic terrorism” if it happens at night, if it’s not disrupting “democratic processes.”

Now folks on the left like Beschloss have been doing all they can to demonize Hawley because he dared to object to the electoral count. It doesn’t matter that Democrats did it before, for the last three Republican presidents. One would think Beschloss might know that.

But apparently in the process of questioning Garland, Hawley made what appeared to be a pointing gesture. Beschloss just lost it. “What U.S. Senator in history pointed menacingly at witnesses like this?” Beschloss decried.

What U.S. Senator in history pointed menacingly at witnesses like this? pic.twitter.com/CllnJ9rHoT

— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 22, 2021

Menacingly? If he thinks that’s menacing he really doesn’t know what menacing looks like.

Then he really went over the slide comparing Hawley to Sen. Joe McCarthy.

Everything old is new again: pic.twitter.com/csytkCEynA

— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 22, 2021

And Joe Cantwell.

Here is Joe Cantwell, the reckless, malicious and opportunistic young Senator in “The Best Man” (1964), played by Cliff Robertson: pic.twitter.com/4JVvMDYUnO

— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 22, 2021

Imagine someone who claims to be a “historian” to make such an asinine comment. Pointing isn’t evil and every politicians since the year 1 has likely done it. Which any historian would just inherently know, except apparently Beschloss. This is just silly to try to demonize Hawley with a very un-menacing picture.

Beschloss got ratioed big time, with many providing other examples.

All of them, Mike. The answer is ALL of them. pic.twitter.com/efkVihSyyB

— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) February 22, 2021

Oh noes! He pointed! No politician has ever done that before! Cc @PolitiBunny https://t.co/2AlRjAQVN2 pic.twitter.com/Zjn4AEeSrd

— (((Aaron “Worthing” Walker))) (@AaronWorthing) February 22, 2021

🤡 pic.twitter.com/QLo3LKbY51

— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) February 22, 2021

Guess old confused Joe is Joe McCarthy now.

Hmmm pic.twitter.com/HxZ1s9s12d

— Dr. Jay Lampert, Esq (J.D.) (@MortChristenson) February 22, 2021

Of course, there are some who point but not in a very menacing way.

Unless they’re Senator Whitehouse, who still points at witnesses… but not really in a menacing way. pic.twitter.com/2MNHKHkB8V

— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) February 22, 2021