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Here Are The People Who Called The Tea Party The M-Word — Or Worse

Media outlets are scrambling to get away from the use of the word “mob” to describe the protests that disrupted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaughs initial Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, his first day seated on the Supreme Court and everything in between.

What many of them appear to have forgotten is that less than a decade ago, many of them sat silent — or agreed — as protesters aligned with the Tea Party were described in the same terms or worse.

CNNs Brooke Baldwin, for example, was not having it.

.@mattklewis calls protestors harassing @tedcruz a mob @BrookeBCNN: “A mob is what we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia two Augusts ago.”

Mob (n): a large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence.@CNN pic.twitter.com/SeXRHN1be3

— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 9, 2018

But as Mary Katherine Ham pointed out at the end of the segment, if it had been the Tea Party …

Taibbi: “Beneath the surface, the Tea Party is little more than a weird and disorderly mob…” https://t.co/TOCUooxWx3

— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) October 10, 2018

John Hawkins: “The MSM spent Os entire first term falsely condemning the Tea Party as a potentially violent hate-filled mob…”

— Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) November 8, 2011

Even the Obama White House got in on the action.

BREAKING: WH compares #occupywallstreet to Tea Party “I dont understand why one mans mob is another mans democracy.” – Carney

— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) October 7, 2011

Not to be outdone, Vice President Joe Biden referred to conservatives as “barbarians.”

Biden: “Its not an applause line. This is a fight to keep the barbarians at the gates”

— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) September 5, 2011

Union leader Jimmy Hoffa Jr., introducing Obama at an event, called the Tea Party “sons of bitches.”

ABC: Hoffa on Tea Party “Lets Take these Sons of Bitches Out!” http://t.co/LZmotic #ohoffa

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 5, 2011

What makes the contrast even starker is a look at how those protests differed in execution.

The Tea Party, a movement born of frustration with higher taxes and the advent of the Affordable Care Act, spurred numerous spontaneous protests and rallies — and resulted in a handful of arrests over the course of a few years.

The anti-Kavanaugh protesters, backing the as yet uncorroborated accusations against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and others, have racked up arrest numbers in the hundreds in just a few weeks. They have disrupted Senate hearings and votes and attempted to claw open the 13-ton brass doors of the Supreme Court.

Hysterical Left-Wing protesters storming the 13 ton solid bronze doors of the Supreme Court and attempting to claw them open with their bare hands would be the funniest thing Ive ever seen – if it was not simultaneously the scariest.

Imagine if conservatives behaved like this? pic.twitter.com/0T2lasZn9E

— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 7, 2018

RELATED: Dozens Of Protesters Arrested As They Swarm Hallways Of Senate Office Buildings

Additionally, Kavanaughs family and Senators who dared to support him have been threatened and harassed — some in public — resulting in the need for additional security.

Dana Loesch, who was deeply involved in the Tea Party movement in St. Louis, called the comparison “specious.”

This is a specious comparison. As one of the original organizers who travelled the country, the comparison of the tea party to the building-burning, face-punching, doxxing violent left we see today is a ridiculous attempt to rewrite history. https://t.co/57H9qWMHZM

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 10, 2018

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