To hear President Trump tell it, the political left has become unhinged, a “left-wing mob” that is “TOO DANGEROUS TO GOVERN.” Capitalization in the original tweet.
He and his allies have used ongoing protests against the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court as an argument against Democratic policies broadly. Those protests, in which elected officials were confronted by angry groups and which resulted in numerous arrests, were certainly unusual in their fervency.
But were they really a demonstration of a party that has lost its attachment to reality or civilized discourse? Was it really something unusual in American politics? Or did the recent protests, in broad strokes, echo the furious protests that accompanied the tea party movement and the effort to pass Obamacare eight years ago?
You be the judge. We cherry-picked snippets of news coverage, including quotes from protesters, from now and then. Can you identify whether the excerpt is from an article in 2009 or 2010 about the tea party protests or if it’s an article from more recently?