Dem rips GOP lawmaker for calling for FBI 'purge': Maybe he needs a history lesson

Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassAdvocate says Native American women more likely to be victims of violence This week: Trump set for Senate setback on emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi's challenge: Getting Dems back on same page MORE (D-Calif.) said one of her GOP colleagues may need a "history lesson" after his call for a "purge" of the FBI.

During an interview on CNN, Bass called Rep. Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyThe 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration A conservative climate plan will build on personal responsibility while reducing emissions 13 House Republicans who bucked Trump on emergency declaration MORE's (R-Fla.) comments calling for a purge "very frightening."

"When I get back to Congress in a couple of weeks, I want to sit down and talk to him about the McCarthy era, because I'm not sure if he remembers the Cold War," she said.

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"The type of purges he's talking about harkens back to the Cold War, when there was a purge by McCarthy to find communists that were hidden in the federal government," she said.
 
She said this sows distrust in the country's institutions.
 
"I think it is irresponsible," she said. "And maybe he needs a history lesson. Maybe that's what would be helpful in this time period."