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Have liberal protesters gone too far?

The day after Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court Justice, President Donald Trump tweeted a baseless claim that protesters occupying the capital had been paid by some unnamed outside source. While most Republicans have not gone so far as claiming the protesters are paid actors, many have complained the "resistance" has gone too far and become a potentially violent mob. Activists say they are merely exercising their First Amendment right to have their voices heard. What do you think?

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The day after the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader McConnell aired his frustrations with protesters on CBS' "Face the Nation."

"It was really quite a display of aggressiveness far beyond what I'd consider peaceful protesting. They were trying to intimidate members of the Senate not only in our home states but in the Capitol and in our homes here in Washington," McConnell said. "I'm really proud of my members for not knuckling under to those kind of mob-like tactics."
He added, "We were able to establish that the presumption of innocence is still important in this country and that the senate is not going to be intimated by these kind of tactics."
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Self-proclaimed political moderate Joe Scarborough countered McConnell's assertions that Republicans were being unfairly harassed. Per The Hill:

Scarborough's comments come a day after Trump's supporters targeted Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) by repeatedly chanting "lock her up" during a campaign rally in Iowa.
“Now the president of the U.S. is holding rallies where angry mobs of people are demanding to lock up a U.S. senator because they disagree with her politics,” Scarborough said Wednesday on "Morning Joe."
“I guess due process and keeping your head, that was in vogue for Republicans last week,” he added, referencing the many GOP senators who criticized the waves of people who protested Kavanaugh's confirmation on Capitol Hill.“Mitch McConnell must be shocked at the angry mobs,” Scarborough continued.
“He was a snowflake just a couple days ago, just melting on national television because of all the angry mobs. I wonder what Mitch thinks again about people talking about locking up one of his colleagues ... because they disagree with her politically. That's an angry mob, right?”
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Leaders from the Women's March, one of the groups leading the protests surrounding Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, have made clear to Republican leaders that they will continue to lead disruptive protests as long as lawmakers continue to pass harmful legislation. 

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Following their lead, protesters have been confronting lawmakers when they are in public places—specifically restaurants. Before the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, The Washington Post covered an incident where Ted Cruz was met with angry protesters at a restaurant in D.C.

Lacy MacAuley held a camera recording all of this, and at no point was she moved by arguments that the Cruzes deserved to eat their meals in peace.
“This not abstract; this is a very real fight,” she told The Post on Tuesday. “We may have disrupted his dinner, but he disrupting our lives — our entire lives. I have nothing to be apologetic for, in not letting him have a night of rest until he understands.”
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President Trump called the protesters "screamers" on Twitter

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Heather Digby Parton wrote an analysis for Salon, claiming Republicans are using the protest movement as a way to reinvigorate their base. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is certainly on board. He's been pushing the other "unexpected cultural flashpoint" they've adopted, which is that those women who came to Washington to protest the Kavanaugh confirmation, many of them assault survivors, are an angry, threatening mob who frightened those poor senators to death with all their chanting and yelling.
Fox News has taken it to the next level, telling their anxious elderly white viewers that Democrats are coming to kill them in their beds, following Trump's rallying cry: “You don't hand matches to an arsonist, and you don't give power to an angry left-wing mob." (This would be in contrast to the torch-bearing, murderous Nazis in Charlottesville whom Trump described, at least in part, as "very fine people.")
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After the Cruzes' were confronted at the restaurant, Cruz's opponent, Beto O'Rourke appealed to protesters for civility.

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