The way the left-wing media react to right-wing mobs versus left-wing mobs differs like night and day.
To them, crowds of unhinged liberals interrupting Sen. Ted Cruz’s dinner with his wife or banging their hands on the Supreme Court door represents “peaceful protesters” merely expressing themselves.
Yet when an enraged “right-wing mob” of anti-communist protesters harassed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in Florida last week, the media promptly began singing a different tune.
Here’s one example:
A commentator for MSNBC argued that to compare the mob that harassed Pelosi to the mobs that have been harassing conservatives means to humor a “false equivalency.”
“[They’re] not the same,” commentator Kurt Bardella said Saturday to network host Joy Reid. “Just watching that, the feeling that you get of fear, I don’t care who you are, how long you’ve been doing this in public service, having that type of hatred and anger and venom directed at you from people that you know want to do you harm, people that you know advocate for violence, this isn’t a peaceful protest.”
Neither were these:
“There’s a very, very big difference in peaceful assembly and exercising your right to protest this government and doing what we’re seeing right there,” he continued. “We’ve seen that this group, whether it’s in Los Angeles, New York, have had instances where they incite violence wherever they go. That’s a very scary thing and a very different thing. That’s what a mob is.”
This rhetoric mirrors that of numerous other left-wing media figures who’ve made light of or even outright denied the increasingly mob-like behavior of liberal Democrats.
When conservative columnist Matt Lewis noted a coupled weeks ago that the group of left-wingers who’d harassed Cruz were a “mob,” CNN host Don Lemon grew so incensed that he told him to “shut up!”
Why so much anger? Because Lemon thinks the Constitution grants liberals the right to act unhinged.
“In the Constitution, you can protest whenever and wherever you want,” he claimed. “It doesn’t tell you that you can’t do it in a restaurant, that you can’t do it on a football field. It doesn’t tell you that you can’t do it on a cable news. You can do it wherever you want. To call people mobs because they are exercising their constitutional right is just beyond account pale.”
Dovetailing back to the discussion on MSNBC, the host concurred with Bardella’s assessment, adding that what differentiates “peaceful” left-wing protests from right-wing mobs is profanity.
“People who are at brunch, they shame, shame, shame, why are you caging children. This [the Pelosi protest] is a pretty intimidating thing — a man hurling pretty vile epithets at an older woman,” she said.
Like the epithets that were yelled at conservative Candace Owens and Turning Points USA founder Charlie Kirk as they attempted to eat breakfast at a Philadelphia coffee shop two months ago?
The difference is that whereas not a single Democrat or member of the media condemned this mob, Republicans and conservative commentators rushed to social media to condemn the Pelosi mob.
These people are acting like morons and their behavior is a total disgrace.
They’ve also done a big favor for Antifa and the mob mentality on the Left, as now we get to hear about “both sides” having this problem. https://t.co/jYp5SBQjET
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) October 20, 2018
I don’t agree with Nancy Pelosi’s agenda, but this is absolutely the wrong way to express those disagreements. If you want to stop her policies, don’t threaten her, VOTE! That’s how we settle our differences. https://t.co/mr4sov7gSK
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 19, 2018
This is a mob. People, don’t match the progressive behavior you’ve seen in viral videos. It’s unacceptable either way. https://t.co/nQq12TWbYh
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 19, 2018
Very much agree. We should be happy, joyful warriors. Disagree on substance, yes. Focus on facts, yes. But treat each other with civility and decency. Respect each other’s humanity. https://t.co/ZCRrdSjZRP
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 20, 2018
You are not helping the cause of anti-communism if you behave like the repudiation mobs Castro has long used in Cuba. Not sure who was behind this behavior but you should have protested Pelosi campaign stop without borrowing the tactics of left wing mobs. https://t.co/LDsR4SDSPJ
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 20, 2018
This is so stupid. I understand the desire to “make the left play by their rules,” and while you might win a battle, you’ll lose the war. Conservatism & indecency like this don’t coexist the way that progressivism & violence always have. Doesn’t work for us. https://t.co/RtoMuzTiK9
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) October 19, 2018
This is called intellectual honesty, and sadly, it’s something that appears to be in short supply.
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