In an appearance on Meet the Press Sunday, Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley used the one word that has Democrats today most atwitter.
The people of Missouri, Hawley told host Chuck Todd, “cannot believe the conduct of these Senate Democrats. They can’t believe the smear campaign that they launched, and by the way, how they drug Dr. Ford through the mud, as well, and now, this mob behavior that we’re seeing all over the country, it is motivating folks.”
Hawley did it. He said the M-Word, “mob.” According to U.S. News & World Report, in using “mob” Hawley “took a cue from President Donald Trump.” Given their control of the airwaves, Democrats have been attempting to dismiss these accusations of mob behavior as some sort of Republican plot orchestrated by the president.
“Republicans Seize On ‘Angry Mob’ Mantra To Keep Their Midterm Base Fired Up,” reads a headline on NPR. There is, however, nothing contrived about the strategy. “I have advised [candidates] not to overstate,” Republican strategist Frank Luntz told NPR, “but when you have videos of people chasing after senators and screaming at them, it really is an angry mob. It is accurate and it accurately describes what happens.”
As hard as the major TV networks work to keep mob imagery off the air, they cannot keep it off the Internet. Voters have seen images of thuggish Antifa mobs in Portland, of screaming dervishes chasing Republicans out of restaurants, of howling mobs hounding Republican Senators in their very office building or being dragged screaming out of the Senate chambers.
Voters do not need to be told what they are seeing, but “mob” is as as good a word as any. McCaskill had the opportunity to repudiate mob behavior but did not do so. Some Democrats have openly encouraged it.
“When they go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about,” former Attorney General Eric Holder said in the Georgia on the campaign trail. “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” added Hillary Clinton.
Republicans are heartened by the show of spine from their elected officials, and Hawley will lose no votes by showing even more of his own.