CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin refused to let her guests refer to anti-Kavanaugh protesters as a “mob” during a Tuesday interview.
Matt Lewis, a senior columnist for The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor, said that the intense protests by leftists against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh may have motivated Republicans to turn out in the midterm elections.
“Republicans, they’re the team that needed the excitement. … now I think they do [have excitement,” Lewis said. “I believe it’s the overreaction of the left. When you see people like Ted Cruz getting chased out of restaurants by a mob — ”
Baldwin immediately cut off Lewis and challenged his use of the word “mob” to describe the group of protesters who cornered Sen. Cruz and his wife at Fiola in Washington, DC and forced them to leave the restaurant.
“Oh, you’re not going to use the ‘mob’ word here,” Baldwin complained.
“It’s totally a mob,” Lewis shot back. “Without a doubt. There’s no other word for it!”
“Matt, Matt — a mob,” Baldwin said. “Stop. Stop. A mob is what we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia, two Augusts ago.”
Lewis refused to let the point go and added that protesters were clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court during Kavanaugh’s swearing in demanding they be let in.
“What about the people who were at the Supreme Court banging on the wall. What do you call that? Civil protest, or is that a mob?” Lewis asked incredulously.
“Pretty mobby,” The Federalist’s Mary Katherine Ham chimed in, adding that if the protesters were with the tea party they would easily be labeled a mob by Baldwin.