Despite stark examples of mob-like activity by left-wing activists, mainstream media has tried to disguise this, believes Dan Gainor of Fox News. In Portland, Oregon, Antifa attacked a car when the driver didn’t do as they said. They also vandalized a Republican club in New York. At least one pro-life activist has been assaulted by a pro-abortion one. The rhetoric from Democratic leaders has only inflamed this belligerence. Former Attorney General Eric Holder implied that conservatives or Republicans should be kicked “when they go low.” The media has downplayed this issue by disputing the use of the term “mob” when it is warranted.
The notion that “left-wing mobs” are taking over the country is a huge exaggeration by conservative pundits, argues Heather Digby Parton of Salon. Particularly so in relation to Tea Party tactics of creating highly aggressive protests. This trend has continued under President Trump, who said he would like to punch activists at his rallies in the face and told his supporters he would pay their legal costs if they did so. This has translated into real-life violence in places like Charlottesville. Meanwhile, Republicans have continued to point the finger at liberals, exaggerating their behavior, which, in the vast majority of cases, has not been violent.