The right side of the pond: The American left don't want to be a mob - so why act like one?

The right side of the pond: The American left don't want to be a mob - so why act like one?

An 'Impeach Trump' tshirt at a Democrat rally in September. Image: Getty

Friday, October 12, 2018

Each week, talkRADIO host Michael Graham gives a conservative viewpoint on current issues. These are his views and not talkRADIO's.

In America, the Left is calling it “the M word”.  M for “mob.”

“Oh, you’re not going to use the mob word here….Stop, stop,” pleaded CNN presenter Brooke Baldwin when a conservative commentator described a group of screaming anti-Kavanaugh protesters as just that. “Let me move past the M-word,” Baldwin said.

At The Week, liberal columnist Joel Mathis complains of “The GOP’s Sneaky Attempt to Paint the Majority as an Angry Left-Wing Mob.” The Chicago Tribune headline reads “Republicans Stoke Fear of Democratic ‘Angry Mobs’ Ahead of Midterms”.

CNN’s Don Lemon says the word “mob” is just President Trump’s “way to undermine anyone who opposes him,” and he, too, rejects the notion that people who hound public officials in restaurants and hallways are a “mob”. They are simply taking advantage of their constitutional rights.

“In the Constitution, you can protest whenever and wherever you want. It doesn’t tell you that you can’t do it in a restaurant,” the prime-time cable anchor said. “To call people ‘mobs’ because they are exercising their constitutional right is just beyond account pale.”


'Pretty mobby'

But if you watch Sky News, or even the BBC, it’s hard to dispute that the large groups of angry progressives who are shoving their way into senators’ elevators, taking over buildings and blocking traffic are, as conservative Mary Katherine Ham described them on cable TV this week “pretty mobby.” And why shouldn’t they be?

Just days after the images of angry throngs and hundreds of arrests on Capitol Hill, Hillary Clinton weighed in and appeared to pour fuel on the rhetorical fire.

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.” 

There was no media pushback from CNN or any other mainstream media outlet to what even the Washington Post concedes “can only be described as a plea for incivility at least temporarily.”

A day or two later, President Obama’s attorney general Eric Holder - the person responsible for maintaining law and order in America for eight years - made headlines when he told a group of Democrats:

"It is time for us, as Democrats, to be as tough as they are, to be as dedicated as they are, to be as committed as they are. Michelle [Obama] always says - I love her; she and my wife are like, really tight, which always scares me and Barack - but Michelle always says, 'When they go low, we go high.' No. When they go low, we kick 'em".

Holder clarified that “When I say we, you know, ‘We kick ‘em,’ I don’t mean we do anything inappropriate. We don’t do anything illegal”.

But the message - “Get in their faces,” as liberal US Senator Cory Booker said this week, was clear.

A former First Lady calling for an end to civility. A former top cop calling for anger and aggression. All out in public, without embarrassment or shame.

This is the American political moment: Angry progressives waving their torches and waving their pitchforks as they scream, “Stop calling us an ‘angry mob!’”