CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin was visibly upset that a guest criticized the extreme behavior from left-wing protesters against Brett Kavanaugh, and called them "the m-word."
'Let me move past the m-word'
Baldwin was discussing the political climate with conservative commentators Mary Katherine Ham and Matt Lewis when she appeared offended at the use of a certain word to describe protesters. Lewis used the example of obnoxious demonstrators screaming and yelling at Sen.Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his wife as they tried to eat dinner in Washington, D.C.
"I believe it's the overreaction of the left," Lewis said, "when you see people like Ted Cruz being chased out of restaurants by a mob..."
"Oh, you're not gonna use the mob word here," Baldwin interrupted.
"It's totally a mob! It is without a doubt!" he responded.
"Matt. Matt," she scolded.
"There's no other word for it!" Lewis said.
"Matt. A mob? Stop! Stop! A mob is what we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia, two Augusts ago," she interjected, referring to an "alt-right" demonstration where a man rammed his car into left-wing counterprotesters and killed a young woman.
"No, I think both!" Lewis objected.
"A mob is not what we saw chasing ... I'm not saying what they did was right," Baldwin added.
'Weaponization' on the right
"What about the people that were on the Supreme Court, banging on the walls what do you call that?" Lewis continued. "Civil protest? Or is that a mob? I think it's easily a mob."
"Yeah, and if it were TeaPartiers, we'd call it a mob for sure," said Ham. "Let's be serious."
"Let me move past the m-word, because I do feel like that is part of the weaponization of what's happening now on the right," Baldwin said.
Watch the bizarre debate in the video below:
Many supporters of Brett Kavanaugh, including Republican members of Congress, have referred to the protesters as a "mob," after they began to actively harass lawmakers in public. In another video that circulated widely on the right, frustrated protesters angrily clawed at the giant doors at the Supreme Court.