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You mean I’m supposed to stand on that?

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Published March 29, 1950

This political cartoon was published on March 29, 1950, and it was the first time the word “McCarthyism” was used. During this period of time, McCarthy was continuing to exploit the fears of the American public. So, he came up with a list of 205 suspected Communists of the Democratic Party. The elephant in this cartoon is meant to represent the Republican Party, and the people pulling at the animal are labeled Gabrielson, Wherry, Taft, and Bridges. All of them are Republican senators. They are trying to force the elephant to stand atop a shaking platform that is labeled “McCarthyism.” Meanwhile, the elephant looks utterly terrified and is digging his heels into the ground. Block is showing the public that he believes McCarthy is not something that we should take a stand on.

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