Media outlets are scrambling to get away from the use of the word “mob” to describe the protests that disrupted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s initial Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, his first day seated on the Supreme Court and everything in between.
What many of them appear to have forgotten is that less than a decade ago, many of them sat silent — or agreed — as protesters aligned with the Tea Party were described in the same terms or worse.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, for example, was not having it.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 9, 2018
But as Mary Katherine Ham pointed out at the end of the segment, if it had been the Tea Party …
Taibbi: “Beneath the surface, the Tea Party is little more than a weird and disorderly mob…” https://t.co/TOCUooxWx3
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) October 10, 2018
John Hawkins: “The MSM spent O’s entire first term falsely condemning the Tea Party as a potentially violent hate-filled mob…”
— Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) November 8, 2011
Even the Obama White House got in on the action.
BREAKING: WH compares #occupywallstreet to Tea Party “I don’t understand why one man’s mob is another man’s democracy.” – Carney
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) October 7, 2011
Not to be outdone, Vice President Joe Biden referred to conservatives as “barbarians.”
Biden: “It’s not an applause line. This is a fight to keep the barbarians at the gates”
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) September 5, 2011
Union leader Jimmy Hoffa Jr., introducing Obama at an event, called the Tea Party “sons of bitches.”
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 5, 2011
What makes the contrast even starker is a look at how those protests differed in execution.
The Tea Party, a movement born of frustration with higher taxes and the advent of the Affordable Care Act, spurred numerous spontaneous protests and rallies — and resulted in a handful of arrests over the course of a few years.
The anti-Kavanaugh protesters, backing the as yet uncorroborated accusations against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and others, have racked up arrest numbers in the hundreds in just a few weeks. They have disrupted Senate hearings and votes and attempted to claw open the 13-ton brass doors of the Supreme Court.
Hysterical Left-Wing protesters storming the 13 ton solid bronze doors of the Supreme Court and attempting to claw them open with their bare hands would be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen – if it was not simultaneously the scariest.
Imagine if conservatives behaved like this? pic.twitter.com/0T2lasZn9E
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 7, 2018
Dana Loesch, who was deeply involved in the Tea Party movement in St. Louis, called the comparison “specious.”
This is a specious comparison. As one of the original organizers who travelled the country, the comparison of the tea party to the building-burning, face-punching, doxxing violent left we see today is a ridiculous attempt to rewrite history. https://t.co/57H9qWMHZM
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 10, 2018
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