CNN’s Brooke Baldwin is doubling down on her embarrassing refusal to call Democrat mobs “mobs,” or as she might call them, the “M” word.
Appearing on The Colbert Report on Tuesday night, Baldwin said she doesn’t want to be the “word police” but simply had to “call out” The Daily Beast’s Matt Lewis for calling the mob of people who chased Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) out of a restaurant a “mob.”
Per Baldwin, identifying the mob of people chasing out Cruz or chasing down other Republican senators was merely a Republican “talking point.” You see, as a true objective and nonpartisan journalist, Baldwin couldn’t let that slide. Or something.
“At the time the mob word had been this talking point for Republicans, from all up and down Capitol Hill in the wake of what had happened with Dr. Ford and Justice Kavanaugh,” Baldwin told Colbert. “So when he brought the mob word up again, I called him out.”
“Listen, like, I don’t want to be the word police, and that was not my intention,” she continued. “But I also believe in calling out talking points.”
“And to hear him bring that up, I had to, I had to say something and, honestly, at the end of my day — like I’m sure you check your Twitter, too — and if I have irked the left and the right, then I’ve done my job,” Baldwin added, laughably painting herself nonpartisan.
In the “M” word segment Baldwin was discussing, Lewis specifically referenced the “mob” harassing Senator Cruz. “When you see people like Ted Cruz getting chased out of restaurants by a mob—” he started, before Baldwin stepped in to shame him.
“Oh, you’re not going to use the mob word here,” she interrupted.
“It’s totally a mob,” Lewis pushed back. “It is without a doubt. There’s no other word for it.”
“Stop, stop. A mob is what we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia two Augusts ago. A mob is not what we saw chasing — I’m not saying what they did was right,” she replied.
“What about the people who were at the Supreme Court banging on the walls?” asked Lewis. “What do you call that? Civil protest? Or is that a mob? I think it’s easily a mob.”
“That’s pretty mob-y,” CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham chimed in. “And if it were tea partiers, we’d call it a mob for sure. Come on, let’s be serious.”
Matt Lewis kindly rebuffed Baldwin on Wednesday. “With all due respect, I don’t do ‘talking points,'” he wrote via Twitter.
WATCH (relevant comments begin around the 3:10-mark):