CNN host Brooke Baldwin clashed with a commentator on Tuesday after he slammed the liberal “mob” that recently forced Ted Cruz and his wife out of a Washington D.C. restaurant.
Mediaite reported that Baldwin was talking to panelists Matt Lewis and Mary Katharine Ham about the battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the gender gap issue for Republicans in a new poll weeks before the midterms. Ham pointed out that the left is underestimating how fired up Republicans are over what happened to Kavanaugh during his confirmation process.
Lewis agreed, arguing that while Democrats were already angry, Republicans are “needed the excitement, the passion, the energy.” He said that the right now has that because of the “overreaction of the left.”
“When you see people like Ted Cruz getting chased out of restaurants by a mob…” Lewis began before Baldwin interrupted him.
“Oh, you’re not going to use the mob word here,” the CNN host said.
“It’s totally a mob,” Lewis fired back. “It is without a doubt. There’s no other word for it.”
“Stop, stop,” Baldwin said. “A mob is what we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia two Augusts ago. A mob is not what we saw chasing––I’m not saying what they did was right.”
“What about the people who were at the Supreme Court banging on the walls?” Lewis questioned. “What do you call that? Civil protest? Or is that a mob? I think it’s easily a mob.”
Ham agreed with Lewis.
“And if it were tea partiers, we’d call it a mob for sure. Come on, let’s be serious,” she said.
Realizing that she was losing control of her own panel, Baldwin changed the subject, saying, “Let me move past the m-word.”
BB: “Let me move past the m-word because I feel this is part of the weaponization of what is happening.” pic.twitter.com/v2gd8QJeX2
— Dale Jackson (@TheDaleJackson) October 9, 2018
Senator Cruz was heckled out of a restaurant with his wife Heidi at the end of September over his support of Kavanaugh. It was only the latest incident of many of liberal protesters forcing conservatives out of restaurants and other public places.
BREAKING. Activists just chased @TedCruz out of a fancy Washington DC restaurant, chanting “We Believe Survivors!”
Cruz has been friends with creep Kavanaugh for 20 years. Now Cruz is on judiciary committee hearing his testimony.
— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) September 25, 2018