There’s now a debate raging about whether the protestors racing around Capitol Hill and confronting senators during the debate over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination constituted a mob.
Here’s my definition of a mob. When groups of people are chasing individuals down and threatening them and interfering with their ability to go about their business, it’s a mob.
So that was a mob.
Threats against Republican senators grew sharply during the Kavanaugh debate. Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife were chased our of a restaurant by protestors. Sen. Jeff Flake was physically prevented from using the elevator.
Republicans met behind closed doors last Tuesday to figure out ways to deal with the threats.
According to the Daily Wire:
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and other members of the GOP’s Senate coalition reportedly met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss how to handle threats to their families, staffs, and offices.
“There’s a lot of unprecedented activity taking place,” Corker told senators at the meeting . . .
While threats against senators have become a routine occurrence in the Trump administration, some members of Congress say the behavior has become shocking and even dangerous over the last several weeks . . .
Here’s an exchange last night in which CNN host Don Lemon got into it with conservative Matt Lewis over what’s a mob and what’s not. While conservatives are mocking Lemon, I have to admit that, while I like Matt Lewis a lot, he was a little rude here. But he was also right.
Conservatives don’t act like a mob. And I’m sorry, but Nazis and white supremacists are not conservatives. They’re Nazis and white supremacists.
Emblematic of the physicial mob was the abandonment by Democrats of the principle that you are innocent until proven guilty. Talk about a mob mentality.
These people who were on Capitol Hill were the equivalent of the Tea Party, which didn’t harass people in this manner. We’re at the point where you’ve gotta think Susan Collins had some of her larger male staffers – or even professional security – with her after she announced she would support Kavanaugh.
These were professional, highly trained agitators who were willing to use physical intimidation to get their way. Mob tactics.
It’s not like they were just some gang of old ladies.