For many Americans, it is offensive when a mob of people swarms a senator while he tries to have dinner with his wife in a public restaurant — but to CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, using the word “mob” is what’s outrageous.
Baldwin (pictured above left) reacted Tuesday to Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis, who talked about how Republican voters are energized after the battle to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and all of the antics that accompanied it.
“I believe it’s the overreaction of the Left,” he said. “When you see people like Sen. Ted Cruz [R-Texas] getting chased out of restaurants by a mob —”
Baldwin cut him off.
“Oh, you’re not going to use the ‘mob’ word here,” she said to him.
Lewis did not back down.
“Oh, it’s totally a mob. It is without a doubt. There’s no other word for it,” he said.
The confrontation involving Cruz and his wife, Heidi, occurred last month as the Senate was considering sexual assault accusations leveled at Kavanaugh.
Protesters from a group called Smash Racism DC surrounded the couple and shouted at the senator at Fiola, an Italian restaurant in Washington, D.C. Cruz and his wife quietly exited the building.
But Baldwin suggested it was offensive to call the demonstrators a mob. She said such characterizations are “part of the weaponization of what’s happening now on the Right” in the wake of Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“Stop, stop. A mob is what we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia, two Augusts ago,” she said, referring to white supremacists who marched in that city in August 2017. “That is not what we saw chasing … I’m not saying what they did was right.”
Lewis said the mob label fairly could be applied to both instances. He offered another Kavanaugh-related example.
“What about the people at the Supreme Court banging on the walls?” he asked. “What do you call that? Civil protest? Or is that a mob? I think it’s easily a mob.”
Baldwin just shook her head and put her hands on her face.
Mary Katherine Ham, a senior writer at The Federalist and a CNN contributor, backed Lewis.
Baldwin suggested it was offensive to call the demonstrators a mob. She said such characterizations are “part of the weaponization of what’s happening now on the Right.”
“Yeah, and if it were Tea Partiers, we’d call it a mob, for sure,” she said. “Come on. Let’s be serious.”
At that point, Baldwin changed the subject.
Watch the exchange in the video below.