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I have here in my hand . . .

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Published May 7, 1954


On February 9, 1950 Joseph McCarthy gave a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia to the local Republican Women’s Club and stated “I have here in my hand a list of 205 . . . a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department. . . .” McCarthy was said to be drunk before the speech and asked a journalist for the number of Communists in the State Department. The journalist, Walter Trohan, mistakenly told him 205, when the actual number was 57. Herblock saw this as another example of McCarthy’s false accusations and insufficient evidence.

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