The Toil and Trouble with Trump's Idea of a 'Witch Hunt'

In case it bears repeating⁠—this is not a witch hunt.

13.10.2019

In case it bears repeating⁠—this is not a witch hunt.

BREAKING: Rudy Giuliani confirmed suspicions this week that he is a baby-snatching, potion-brewing, broomstick-riding witch.

But what’s even more interesting about Giuliani’s attempt at a historical comparison here is

Twisted examples of permissible “evidence” in these trials included examining women’s bodies for “witch’s marks” and torturing the accused. In 1689, 80-year-old Giles Corey was pressed for pleading not guilty; over two days, the jury placed increasingly heavier stones upon his body to cajole a confession. Before the court of Oyer and Terminer was dissolved,

Margaret Scott, for example, was executed in 1692 due to spectral testimony of Mary Daniels. In a September 15, 1692 document, Daniels

was taken very ill again all over & felt a great pricking in ye soles of my feet, and after a while I saw apparently the shape of Margret Scott, who, as I was sitting in a chair by ye fire pulled me with ye chair, down backward to ye ground, and tormented and pinched me very much

Read more: Ms. Magazine

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