Don Lemon and Matt Lewis Get Into Nasty Shouting Match Over Definition of ‘Mobs’: ‘SHUT UP!’
Things got very heated late Tuesday night between CNN host Don Lemon and Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis over what defines a “mob.”
Here’s a summary of both of their positions: Lewis argued that the anti-Kavanaugh protestors who harassed. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at a restaurant last month engaged in “mob behavior” while Lemon believes they were simply exercising their First Amendment right.
Their exchange began when Lewis offered a hypothetical that under a President Hillary Clinton if Tea Party protestors harassed Democratic lawmakers at restaurants during a contentious battle over the Supreme Court and insisted that the liberals who would condemn such “mob” tactics haven’t condemn the leftwing protestors doing so today. He added that the Tea Party “didn’t hound people out of restaurants,” something Lemon took objection with.
“The Tea Party did hound people, the Tea Party people hounded me when I went out to cover them!” Lemon exclaimed. “And do you know what I said? It was their right to do it because they’re Americans!”
“Don, if they started following you around a restaurant and running you out of places,” Lewis responded.
“I would say they’re wrong because I’m not an elected official!” Lemon shot back. “I’m not an elected official! If I put my name on a ballot and I won office- journalists are not public officials! They’re not public servants.”
Democratic strategist Maria Cardona said she “didn’t agree” with those who harassed Ted Cruz, but hesitated to call them a “mob” when pressed by Lewis.
Lemon, however, answered for her.
“Is it mob behavior? Not it’s not mob behavior,” Lemon said. “It’s people who are upset and they’re angry with the way the country is going and the policies of these people-”
But when Lewis tried interjecting, Lemon was not having it.
“Will you let me finish, Matt?!?” Lemon shouted. “Please, before you jump in, okay? I’m making a point! And I can’t make it if you keep interrupting me!”
“Are you the moderator or the host or are you arguing a liberal talking point?” Lewis asked.
“I’m the moderator and the host of this show and I’m trying to make a point to tell you that you’re giving mob rule,” Lemon responded. “I’m telling you why people are angry.”
Lewis and Lemon then ordered one another to look up the word “mob” in the dictionary. And after Lewis again interrupted Lemon, the CNN host really got angry.
“WILL YOU LET ME FINISH, MATT?!? PLEASE” Lemon yelled. “LET ME FINISH!”
“Fine,” Lewis responded. “Mind if I have a drink?”
“You could do whatever you want, you could leave the show if you want, but let me finish,” Lemon shot back. “Shut up and let me do it!”
Lemon concluded that the Constitution allows you to protest “anywhere you want” and to call people “mobs” because they’re exercising their constitutional right is “beyond the pale.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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