The confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh unleashed a mob of protesters against the right over the past several weeks, but the media has largely agreed not to describe the protesters as a mob.
"Oh, you're not going to use the mob word here," CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin bemoaned.
Baldwin's colleague Don Lemon got in a shouting match with a guest because he described Kavanaugh protesters as a mob.
"That's not a mob," Lemon declared.
Beyond cable news hosts and contributors, Democratic lawmakers have also pounced on the talking point. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D., Va.) criticized the word "mob" in an interview with the Hill, saying, "describing political opponents and huge pockets of the electorate as the ‘mob’ is really inciting something ugly."