MSNBC's Hayes Claims He Defended Tea Party's Right to 'Scream' at Politicians; Really? Let's Go to the Tape...

Late Night with Seth Meyers

MSNBC host Chris Hayes. Is there a more condescending, sniveling little pinhead in all of cable news? In all of television?  If there is, I have yet to see him or her. There, now I feel better. Let’s continue.

During a condescending diatribe on Friday — Hayes enjoys launching into condescending diatribes, given how much he loves to hear himself talk — he not only defended the mobs surrounding the White House, several of whom screamed obscenities at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and other Republicans as they left the final night of the Republican National Convention, he claimed he has also defended the Tea Party’s right to “scream” at politicians, in the past.

Really, Chris? You sure? Lemme get back to you on that in a minute.

As reported by Fox News,

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., Georgia Democratic Rep. Vernon Jones, and Fox News contributor Dan Bongino were some of the convention attendees who were later harassed by hostile protesters upon exiting the White House complex late Thursday.

The “All In” host repeatedly dismissed the outcry among conservatives and Trump supporters on social media […] but he took a drastically different tone during the rise of the Tea Party more than a decade ago.

In a response to National Review editor Rich Lowry, who justly called the chaotic mob outside the White House “an appalling scene,” Hayes fired back on Twitter:

“Very crucial difference between this scene and the protest of the stay-at-home-order at the Michigan Statehouse this spring is that *these* protestors aren’t brandishing long guns.”

In his trademark arrogant manner, Hayes then attempted to “school” Lowry and others who had the audacity to condemn the behavior of the mob surrounding the White House.

“The way this works is that a loud group of protesters angrily heckling an elected official on a public street is abhorrent and threatening, but masked gunmen menacing legislators inside the state capitol is peaceful protest.”

Then, this:

“I remember saying this during the Tea Party protests, and I”ll say it now: screaming at elected officials is quite literally one of the blessings of liberty and living in a free society.”

Yeah, not so much. Here’s the problem, Chris.

The internet is forever. And so is video of you proving you either just lied, or you “forgot” that you condemned the Tea Party for actions much less threatening than what we saw Thursday night as Rand Paul and others walked from the White House.

To Zaid Jilani’s point, here’s what Hayes really said about Tea Party protesters, back in 2009:

“I can imagine that it’s difficult to sort of conduct any kind of public discourse, any kind of…democratic politics in the face of this sort of implacable, bullying, braying and intimidation.”

Oops.

Thing is? Hayes was counting on MSNBC’s mindless viewers — all 42 of them — believing he defended the Tea Partiers’s right to confront lawmakers. He didn’t “remember saying” anything of the kind.

Moreover, Hayes and other left-wing media lap dogs believe that by lying to their viewers — getting viewers to believe what fair, benevolent “journalists” they are — they then have carte blanche to condemn everything Donald Trump and the Republican Party does.

Another perfect example of what I just described is CNN anchor Don Lemon. In an earlier piece today, titled Suspension of Disbelief? Don Lemon: ‘I Don’t Really See How People Will Say CNN Is Biased’, I reported on Lemon incredulously claiming in a recent interview exactly what the headline says he claimed.

You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

And the potentially dangerous aspect of “reporting” by the likes of Chris Hayes, Don Lemon, and their left-wing comrades is, in many respects, they hold more power than left-wing lawmakers. Reason being, of course, they smugly trot out before the camera every night and twist, embellish, diminish, or outright ignore legitimate news.

To be sure, of course Fox News has Sean Hannity, Jesse Watters, Lou Dobbs, and several other self-admitted Trump supporters. The difference here is Chris Hayes and Don Lemon, among a host of others, attempt to pass themselves off as legitimate, unbiased journalists.

Nothing could be further from the truth.