Former Trump Official Praises Joe McCarthy In Bonkers 'Deep State' Remarks

Monica Crowley, a former Fox News personality and Treasury Department official during Donald Trump’s presidential administration, showed love to Cold War-era Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) on Friday as she pushed a bizarre conspiracy theory that seemed straight out of the Red Scare.

“By the way, Sen. Joe McCarthy was right,” Crowley said in remarks to the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s annual conference in Washington. “And he was trying to ring the bell in the 1950s about communist infiltration in our government.”

Crowley, who was also Trump’s pick for a National Security Council role before she declined it in early 2017 amid aplagiarismscandal, added that the deep state “removed Richard Nixon,” “went after Ronald Reagan” and “is now going after Donald Trump.”

“That deep state became very insidious, and in the 1950s smeared and attacked Joe McCarthy for speaking the truth about godless communism in [the] very halls of our government,” said Crowley, who has previously peddled a number of Barack Obama-related conspiracy theories.

Her remarks arrive decades after McCarthy famously claimed there were communists and Soviet spies throughout the U.S. government.

The Senate would later vote to censure him in a 67-22 vote, less than three years prior to his 1957 death.

Speaking in Washington, Crowley said that communists have been “grabbing control over all of the aspects of American life and culture.”

“They called it ‘the long march through the institutions,’” she said. “And now they have succeeded because they’ve been at it for so long.”

Earlier this year, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon said he was “sure” that Crowley was on the short list for national security adviser in a second Trump term as he seeks to retake the White House.