As someone who attended and wrote about Tea Party protests in 2009 and 2010, it has been surreal to watch folks at CNN and MSNBC twist themselves into knots to defend the recent actions of the left.

I clearly remember Democrats and their media allies using words like “dangerous” and “mob” to describe people who obtained protest permits and cleaned up their own trash. Everything is different now.

Groups of angry leftists are hunting down Republicans and members of the Trump cabinet to harass in public places, clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court, and accosting members of the Senate in the halls of the Capitol building. But the folks at CNN and MSNBC are clutching their pearls at the suggestion that these are mobs.

Bill D’Agostino of NewsBusters reports:

CNN, MSNBC Throw Three-Day Temper Tantrum As GOP Call Protests ‘A Mob’

Liberal cable news outlets were outraged over the weekend when Republicans condemned the thuggish behavior of leftwing protesters and political groups repeatedly attempting to disrupt the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh. CNN and MSNBC hosts urgently rushed to defend the throngs of activists, in a melodramatic panic over the newest addition to the GOP leadership’s lexicon: “mob.”

By Sunday morning, both cable outlets had assembled compilation videos of Republican politicians calling the rabid street opposition to Kavanaugh “a mob.” Between October 7 and 9, MSNBC ran 11 such compilation videos; CNN played five during that same window.

Show hosts, contributors, and commentators wrung their hands endlessly over the prevalence of “mob” comparisons by conservative politicians. See the video compilation below for some of the most noteworthy and enertaining reactions:

Here’s a highlight reel:

Another clip which deserves mention comes from Cameron Cawthorne of the Washington Free Beacon, which highlights a moment on CNN featuring Don Lemon and guests. Matt Lewis of the Daily Beast, who is an honest liberal, tries to say these are mobs and repeatedly gets shot down by Lemon who is suddenly a big fan of the First Amendment and says that these people are simply “upset” about the direction of the country.

This whole video is worth watching but the key exchange begins at the 3:24 mark:

Here’s a supercut of the “It’s not a Mob” frenzy:

Tucker Carlson doesn’t write many columns these days, but he published one at FOX News on this very topic yesterday:

It’s one left-wing riot after another, but leftist leaders have decided the problem is YOU

The crack political team over at The Washington Post has uncovered a brand new species of fake news they think you need to know about: Imaginary left-wing mobs.

In a piece posted this week, The Post explained that in order to win the midterm elections, those Republicans have “cast the Trump resistance movement as an angry mob.”

Now, “cast” is, of course, used here as a synonym for misrepresented. The Washington Post wants you to know that these mobs are not real. They’re an illusion.

That may surprise you, because you may have recently seen videos of prominent Republicans being chased out of restaurants by screaming progressives. You may have even read news accounts about how a Republican congressman named Steve Scalise was shot with a high-powered rifle by a Bernie Sanders supporter.

Read the whole thing.

The Democrat Media Complex thinks no one remembers anything and their arguments would be stronger today if we didn’t. Noah Rothman of Commentary recently did a little digging to remind people of how the Tea Party was described:

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