- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2018

CNN spent a lot of time this week calling an apple a banana.

Just when you thought the mainstream media’s propaganda effort on behalf of their party of choice couldn’t get any more Orwellian, this week brought us a new low in “newspeak” with two different CNN hosts chastising Americans for calling the disruptive intimidating, violent protests coordinated by the organized left exactly what they are: “a mob.”

These self-proclaimed leaders of the “golden age of journalism” contorted themselves like a Cirque du Soleil act to deny the mob they created should be called a mob. It would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous.

Let’s remember where this all began.

Since President Trump began his 2016 campaign, organized uprisings at his rallies have called him and his supporters fascist brownshirts worthy of violent resistance at every turn. Thanks to an undercover video sting by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, we learned that violent confrontations were egged on by “community organizers,” and were designed to be caught by the ever-watchful mainstream media and to fuel the narrative that Trump supporters are violent thugs. Deplorable, if you will.

The truth is and always has been that the resistance marching in the streets led by armed and trained antifa gangs in America’s streets are the minions of the left and, by extension, the Democrats. From the black-shirted thugs who chased down Mr. Trump’s motorcade in Burlingame, California, to the violent uprisings on college campuses when mild-mannered conservatives like Ben Shapiro are scheduled to lecture, to the disruptions at this month’s Kavanaugh hearings, the mob has been doing the Democrats’ dirty work and the media has been gladly covering the violent intimidation tactics as a “mostly peaceful” movement.

That phrase, “mostly peaceful,” tells you everything you need to know about the media’s duplicitous approach to the violence we’ve had to endure since the 2016 election. A “mostly peaceful protest,” as my talk-radio colleague Chris Plante points out, is, by definition a violent protest.

We’ve watched the violent riots in Washington, D.C. on the day of Trump’s inauguration resulting in thousands of arrests. We’ve seen the pink-hat brigades calling for violence against the White House. We’ve witnessed elected officials and political appointees bullied and intimidated. Rep. Maxine Waters has egged on and encouraged the mob to get in Republicans’ faces and agitate them everywhere they go.

The glowing, breathless coverage of the near-riots that have plagued the American political scene have routinely focused on the “mostly peaceful” marchers and only mentions the destruction and injuries in passing. But please, don’t call these thugs a mob.

The screaming, disruptive tactics reached a zenith these past several weeks. From the moment Mr. Trump nominated Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, the Democrats promised they’d throw everything they could at the process to stop it or delay it until after November’s election. The organized, coordinated disruptions in the early stages of the confirmation hearings were right out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook and only happened with the encouragement of the Democrats.

Eventually, the Democrats accused Justice Kavanaugh of being a serial gang rapist (with no proof) and the hysteria reached new heights. Organized protesters stormed into Senate offices, clogged the halls of the Capitol, screamed, chanted and badgered our institutions upon instructions from community organizers paid by well-funded, left-wing groups. They screamed from the gallery of the Senate during the confirmation vote. They screamed and taunted outside Sen. Susan Collins’ home. They stormed the door of the Supreme Court.

They are a mob.

Then, something happened.

At a rally the evening of the Kavanaugh confirmation vote, Mr. Trump told it like it is and called them out for what they are.

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t give power to an angry, left-wing mob,” he said in Kansas on Saturday. “And that’s what the Democrats have become.”

He’s right, and the Democrats know it. So The Washington Post and CNN pushed back hard Monday against what CNN’s Brooke Baldwin called “the M-word.” The word “mob” Ms. Baldwin said, was “weaponized” by Republicans. Later that evening her colleague Don Lemon joined in. It isn’t a mob, they insist.

Within the next 24 hours, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour if Democrats “are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.” And former Attorney General Eric Holder whipped up a crowd at a campaign rally instructing them that when Republicans “go low, we kick them.”

No justice, no peace.

That’s how the mob operates. It’s how they’ve always operated. And now, their pals in the media insist you have the common decency to not call them a mob. Sometimes, an apple really is an apple. And this mob really is a mob.

Larry O’Connor writes about politics and the media for The Washington Times and can be heard weekday afternoons on WMAL radio in Washington. Follow Larry on Twitter @LarryOConnor.

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