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It's Only an 'Angry Mob' if It's Made Up of Republicans

Activists protest on the steps and at bronze doors of the Supreme Court.

When is an angry mob not an angry mob? When it's made up of Democrats, of course!

I'm old enough to remember when the Tea Party arose in opposition to Obama's policies, way back in the old days when disagreeing with the president was racist. And back then, the people speaking truth to power were invariably depicted as an angry mob by our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media. Tea Partiers weren't just wrong. They were dangerous.

Ten years later, it's completely different. Siding with the president is now racist, and #Resisting by any means necessary isn't dangerous at all. On the contrary, it's to be applauded. And anyone who criticizes these brave freedom fighters will have to deal with the likes of Don Lemon. He won't stand by idly while his comrades are referred to as an "angry mob."

Here's the CNN anchor and intersectional icon yelling at my old colleague Matt Lewis for daring to oppose political violence:

I'm with Matt on this one, mostly. Chanting "Lock her up" at a rally is dumb, and I wish Trump voters wouldn't do it. It's also wrong for Trump to tell the crowd to attack protesters. (He hasn't done that in a while, and I hope he doesn't do it again.) But following people around in public and berating them is worse than chanting stupid crap at a rally.

Also worse: Doxing senators who don't vote the way you'd prefer.

Also worse: Following around TV pundits in public and trying to whip up a mob against them.

Also worse: Plotting to blow yourself on the National Mall on Nov. 6.

Also worse: While all these things are going on, saying things like, "When they go low, we kick them" and "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for."

Also worse: An enraged mob pounding and clawing on the bronze doors of the Supreme Court like extras in a zombie movie.

What a perfect encapsulation of the #Resistance: Screaming like lunatics while flailing away at the bronze doors depicting victories for justice throughout history. These people tried to perpetrate an injustice against Brett Kavanaugh, and when it didn't work, they lashed out like wounded animals.

If they were this enraged about a mild-mannered, impeccably qualified Supreme Court nominee who drank too much in college, what will they do when it's something serious?

That's an angry mob, whether Don Lemon likes it or not.

I'm against political violence, no matter who's doing it. I don't care who you voted for or how you justify hurting people for political reasons. It's wrong. White nationalist James Alex Fields Jr. is in prison awaiting trial for the murder of Heather Heyer, and I hope he gets the maximum punishment allowed. I don't see any TV pundits trying to rationalize what he did, the way they're rationalizing the left's behavior.