A Republican strategist was condemned on “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” on Friday for bringing up Congressman Steve Scalise’s shooting during a panel conversation about the recent protests that have been characterized as mobs by the right.
The panel consisted of Republican strategist Alice Stewart, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen and WaPo columnist Max Boot.
“So Alice, I asked you a similar question the other night about the Republicans, your party,” host Don Lemon stated. “They have the White House, Congress, two hand picked justices in the last year. People who don’t agree with it are exercising one of their options which is protests. Why is that being turned into talking points about a mob?”
“It’s not as much a talking point, as it is reality. They are angry and they’re acting in mob-like behavior,” Stewart stated. “Look, we can go back and look at this. It started when the Republican members of Congress were at a baseball practice and a man came out and shot them. Ask Steve Scalise if there’s mob-like behavior.” (RELATED: Scalise Warns: ‘Some On The Left’ Are ‘Inciting’ Violence’)
“Oh, don’t you dare accuse — that shooter was mentally ill, Alice!” Rosen interrupted. “That’s out of bounds. So out of bounds.”
“It continued when Democrats were chasing members of this administration out of restaurants, starting with Sarah Sanders and with Senator Ted Cruz,” Stewart added. “Congresswoman Maxine Waters encouraging people to go out whether they see a member of the cabinet or this administration and chase them out and push back on them.”
“Yeah, I mean in the first place, okay this is ridiculous to try to blame Democrats for the actions of a lunatic who went out and attacked congressmen who were playing baseball, okay? If you talk about inciting violence why don’t you look at what Donald Trump did during the 2016 campaign when he was actually inciting violence,” Boot chimed in.
Boot and Stewart were on the show on Wednesday debating the same topic. That panel got heated when discussing whether or not the protesters on the left fit the criteria of a mob. (RELATED: CNN Debates What Constitutes A ‘Mob’: ‘Are You The Moderator… Or Are You Arguing A Liberal Talking Point?’)
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