GOP hammers ‘mob’ message for midterms, as Dems howl over label
Liberal protesters – egged on by Democratic politicians – are openly embracing a much more confrontational and aggressive approach, banging on the doors of the Supreme Court, confronting lawmakers outside their offices and chasing GOP officials out of restaurants.
And Republicans are swiftly seizing on that spectacle to hammer a new midterm message, decrying the “mob” behavior and warning that Democrats would bring that mentality into the majority ought to they prevail in November’s election.
"The radical Democrats have turned into an angry mob," President Trump said at a single of several recent campaign-style rallies, a message he’s repeated more than and more than.
The Republican National Committee released a video Thursday calling the left 𠇊n unhinged mob,” showing current comments from Democrats encouraging protests.
The video contains footage of former Lawyer Basic Eric Holder saying, “When they go low, we kick them." It shows California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters’ saying, “If you see anyone from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a division shop, at a gasoline station, you get out and you develop a crowd and you push back on them and you inform them they’re not welcome any longer, anyplace.”
It shows Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi saying, "I just do not even know why there aren’t uprisings all more than the nation.” It shows New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker telling protesters to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.” And it shows Hillary Clinton, in a tv interview this week, saying, “You can not be civil with a political celebration that desires to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.”
More than those comments, is footage of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife Heidi getting lately hounded out of a restaurant by protesters peppering the senator with concerns about Kavanaugh and chanting “we believe survivors.” It also showed footage of protesters banging on the doors of the Supreme Court.
But Democrats — as properly as some sympathetic figures in the media — are defending the protests and arguing the “mob” label is unfair, even even though the term was regularly used by critics to refer to the Tea Celebration protests for the duration of the Obama administration.
“Women across the nation came together around this nomination to say #MeToo, to stand up against sexual abusers and harassers,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted this week, referring to the protests against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 𠇊nd all Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Republican leaders have to say to them is that they’re a mob. Disgraceful.”
Some media figures, such as CNN anchors Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin, also have taken offense at the word “mob” being utilized to describe protesters.
“Is it mob behavior? No, it’s not mob behavior. It’s people who are upset and they’re angry with the way the country is going,” Lemon mentioned this week.
In an additional television segment this week, Baldwin took exception to the use of the term when discussing Cruz and his wife being pestered out of a restaurant by protesters.
“Oh, you’re not going to use the mob word here,” Baldwin mentioned to a guest, adding: “Stop, stop. A mob is what we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia two Augusts ago.”
Guest Mary Katharine Ham chimed in, “If it have been Tea Partiers, we𠆝 call it a mob.”
For the duration of the Tea Party movement, where conservative grassroots activists rallied against big government and taxes following Barack Obama’s election to president, it was not uncommon for media figures to call the protests a “mob.”
�neath the surface, the Tea Celebration is little more than a weird and disorderly mob,” Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi wrote in 2010.
“Mob” is defined as 𠇊 disorderly or riotous crowd of individuals,” according to Dictionary.com.
Meanwhile, Republicans, like Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who was critically wounded at a Republican baseball practice last year, are warning the heated protests could lead to worse.
SCALISE: WHEN DEMS Get in touch with FOR VIOLENCE, THAT’S A DIRECT THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY
𠇊s a survivor of a politically motivated attack, it is tragic to believe this is an acceptable state of political discourse in our country,” Scalise wrote in a Fox News op-ed this week. “I refuse to stand for this and I will continue to contact for an end to it. A healthful, powerful democracy is not achievable if any person lives in worry of expressing their views.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who was at the baseball practice when Scalise was shot and later had six ribs broken right after getting tackled in his yard, mentioned in a radio interview this week he is concerned items could become deadly.
"I worry that there is going to be an assassination," Paul told a Kentucky radio show. "I genuinely worry that somebody is going to be killed, and that these who are ratcheting up the conversation … they have to comprehend they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence."
The confrontational tone, though, has flared on both sides. Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is taking heat for a video where he threatened to "stomp" on Gov. Tom Wolf’s "face with golf spikes."
Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Brian Flood contributed to this report.
Published at Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:17:09 +0000