Verlander tops Sale, Cora ejected as Astros cool off Red Sox in Game 1 of ALCS

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Boston.

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Boston.

BOSTON — Justin Verlander outlasted an uncharacteristically wild Chris Sale, overcoming control problems of his own to give Houston six innings of two-hit ball on Saturday night and lead the Astros over the Boston Red Sox 7-2 in the AL Championship Series opener.

On a 48-degree night that left both aces struggling to find the plate — and rookie Red Sox manager Alex Cora struggling to control his temper — Carlos Correa fisted a single into left field to break a sixth-inning tie and give the defending World Series champions their fifth straight postseason victory.

Josh Reddick hit a solo homer leading off the ninth, and Yuli Gurriel curled a three-run shot into the front row beyond the Pesky Pole to clinch it.

Boston pitchers walked 10 and hit three batters, and shaky defense by third baseman Eduardo Nunez contributed to Houston’s first three runs.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday night, with Boston left-hander David Price trying to end his postseason skid against Astros righty Gerrit Cole. Cora has expressed confidence in Price, a Cy Young Award winner who is 0-9 in 10 career postseason starts, and the 108-win Red Sox will need him to be better than Sale was in the opener.

In a rematch of last year’s Division Series opener, when the Astros hit consecutive first-inning homers and pounded Sale for seven runs in all, Verlander improved to 13-2 in the AL playoffs. Houston only got one hit off of Sale, but he loaded the bases with two outs in the second on two walks and a hit batter before reigning World Series MVP George Springer singled in two runs past the glove of Eduardo Nunez, who slipped as he stretched for the ball.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora argues a strike three call with umpire Joe West during the fifth inning in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Boston.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora argues a strike three call with umpire Joe West during the fifth inning in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Boston.

The Red Sox awakened the shivering, sold-out Fenway crowd in the fifth with Steve Pearce’s single — just their second in the game — and two walks before Verlander walked a third batter in a row, forcing in a run.

Mookie Betts hit a hard grounder and third baseman Alex Bregman threw home for the force and the second out. With Jackie Bradley Jr. dancing on third base, Verlander put a 1-2 curveball in the dirt and past catcher Martin Maldonado, allowing the runners to advance and tying the game 2-2.

Andrew Benintendi worked the count full before looking at a 3-2 pitch that appeared to catch the edge of the zone for the third out. Benintendi slammed down his helmet and bat down and jawed with plate umpire James Hoye before Red Sox coaches ran in to get between them.

Cora continued the argument and was ejected; he handed over his lineup card to bench coach Ron Roenicke and headed down the tunnel.

Houston took advantage of another hit batter in the sixth — this one by reliever Joe Kelly — and Nunez dropping the ball for an error as he started to throw after fielding Gurriel’s grounder. Correa’s RBI single on a 100 mph from Kelly, who took the loss, put the Astros ahead 3-2.

Reddick and Gurriel homered off Brandon Workman.

Verlander was charged with two runs on two hits and four walks, striking out six. He matched Don Larsen from 1955-57 as the only pitchers to allow nine hits over a span of four-postseason starts, according to STATS.

Dodgers top Brewers to even NL championship series

Los Angeles Dodgers players celebrate after Game 2 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Dodgers won 4-3.

Los Angeles Dodgers players celebrate after Game 2 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Dodgers won 4-3.

MILWAUKEE — Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers know all about performing in the postseason.

Backed into a tough spot Saturday, the red-headed slugger delivered once again.

Shut down for most of the afternoon, Los Angeles staged another late rally and Turner hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Dodgers over the Milwaukee Brewers for a 4-3 victory that evened the NL Championship Series at a game apiece.

The high-powered Dodgers had two measly singles off Wade Miley before breaking through against one of baseball’s best bullpens. After forcing the Brewers to use six relievers in Milwaukee’s 6-5 victory Friday night, the NL West champions put that extended look to good use in Game 2, especially against faltering All-Star Jeremy Jeffress.

“As long as we have outs left, we know we’re in the game,” Turner said.

Milwaukee wasted a terrific performance by Miley in its first loss in three weeks, ending a 12-game winning streak that produced free burgers for its fans as part of a promotion by a local restaurant chain. Orlando Arcia and Travis Shaw homered, and Lorenzo Cain robbed David Freese of a two-run drive with a leaping grab over the wall in center .

Miley pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his second career playoff start and had two hits in his first multihit game since 2014.

“We were in really good shape with the effort that Wade gave us,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He pitched beautifully.”

The best-of-seven series moves to Dodger Stadium for Game 3 on Monday night. Walker Buehler pitches for Los Angeles and Jhoulys Chacin gets the ball for Milwaukee.

Miley handed a 2-0 lead over to his bullpen and Shaw tacked on a solo drive in the sixth, delighting a yellow towel-waving crowd of 43,905 at Miller Park. But that was the last run for the Brewers, and the Dodgers finished off their rally this time around after nearly taking Game 1.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner (10) hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee.

Cody Bellinger got Los Angeles on the board with an RBI single in the seventh, chasing Corbin Burnes and stopping an 0-for-15 slide in the playoffs that landed him on the bench at the start of the game. Austin Barnes forced in another run with a bases-loaded walk off Jeffress, but the right-hander escaped when pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal bounced into a double play.

The Dodgers went right back to work in the eighth. Chris Taylor reached on a leadoff single before Turner hit a long drive to left off Jeffress, admiring the ball with his bat pointed toward the sky before rounding the bases and participating in several different celebrations with his giddy teammates on his way to the dugout.

Turner bounced back after striking out a career-worst four times in Game 1.

“It felt good,” Turner said. “I knew it was a homer, and it’s cool to run around the bases and see all your teammates going crazy, jumping up and down waiting for you.”

Jeffress also struggled in Game 1, allowing two hits while only recording one out. He was charged with two runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings in three appearances in the Division Series against Colorado, including a blown save in the opener.

“It’s intense baseball games, man,” Jeffress said. “They’re going to be like this for the rest of the postseason. We’re going to battle, they’re going to battle. Just be ready.”

Los Angeles has scored eight runs against Milwaukee’s bullpen, all in the seventh inning or later.

“The more you face the relievers, the easier it’s going to get,” Bellinger said.

It was Turner’s seventh career playoff homer. He was co-MVP of the NLCS last year with Taylor when Los Angeles made it to the World Series for the first time since 1988.

The Dodgers are making their sixth straight appearance in the playoffs while the upstart Brewers are in the postseason for the first time since 2011. That advantage in experience seemed to pay off — especially when Turner came up with the big blow.

“He personifies everything that I believe in as a baseball player, as a professional. … He’s the glue for our club,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Save for Yasiel Puig snapping his bat over his leg after striking out swinging with the bases loaded in the seventh, Los Angeles stayed steady as Milwaukee tried to hold on. Pedro Baez got four outs for the win, and Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for the save. Jansen broke NL MVP-favorite Christian Yelich’s bat for a groundout with a runner on second for the final out.

49ers apologize for leaving Colin Kaepernick out of photo gallery

The San Francisco 49ers are apologizing for initially leaving Colin Kaepernick out of a photo gallery celebrating the team’s history against the Green Bay Packers.

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The San Francisco 49ers have apologized after leaving former quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a photo gallery that highlighted the team’s history against the Green Bay Packers.

The team posted dozens of photos on its website Friday of past games against the Packers before the teams meet again Monday night. However, Kaepernick was noticeably absent from the photos.

Colin Kaepernick set an NFL record for quarterbacks by rushing for 181 yards in a playoff win against Green Bay on Jan. 12, 2013.

Colin Kaepernick set an NFL record for quarterbacks by rushing for 181 yards in a playoff win against Green Bay on Jan. 12, 2013. (Getty Images)

The team acknowledged that Kaepernick was not in the photos. Last year, the former quarterback was included in all seven photo galleries posted on the team’s website.

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“Unfortunately there were a handful of obvious misses in this gallery posted by our website team and we appreciate them being brought to our attention,” the team said in a statement. “The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and gratitude for the contributions Colin made to our team over the years. We have fond memories of those games and that should have been displayed on our website. This oversight does not properly reflect the appreciation our ownership and this team have for Colin.”

After the apology, the team’s website added photos of Kaepernick, USA Today reported.

While on the 49ers, Kaepernick set an NFL record for quarterbacks by rushing for 181 yards in a playoff win against Green Bay on Jan. 12, 2013. He also threw for 413 yards in a season-opening win against them in 2013, and led a winning drive to win a playoff game in Green Bay on Jan. 5, 2014.

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Kaepernick, 30, made headlines during the 2016 NFL season after he started kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest social and racial injustices. He opted out of his contract the following offseason after the team told him they planned to cut him. Since Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the conclusion of that season, no NFL team has signed him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brewers relief pitcher stuns Dodgers — with his bat — in NLCS Game 1

Milwaukee Brewers' Brandon Woodruff (53) celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Brewers’ Brandon Woodruff (53) celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE — The high-five at the plate from Brandon Woodruff nearly took out Lorenzo Cain.

It’s not often that reliever hits a home run.

Batting left-handed. Off lefty Clayton Kershaw. In the playoffs.

Woodruff stunned the ace with an early home run and Milwaukee’s normally shutdown bullpen held on — barely — as the Brewers beat the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Friday night in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series.

Hard-throwing Josh Hader and the Brewers earned their 12th straight win, one shy of the franchise record set to open the 1987 season.

Woodruff, of all people, had the momentum-swinging hit.

“It’s something obviously coming into the day, you don’t know in your wildest dreams that’s going to happen,” he said.

It was the first time in postseason history that a pitcher homered in a lefty vs. lefty matchup. Woodruff was understandably was pumped as he rounded the bases.

“He was fired up when he came home. He nearly broke my arm,” Cain said.

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Corey Knebel reacts after getting Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner to strike out to end Game 1 of the baseball National League Championship Series on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 6-5 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Corey Knebel reacts after getting Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner to strike out to end Game 1 of the baseball National League Championship Series on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 6-5 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

The Dodgers scored three times in the eighth to make it 6-4, then nearly tied it in the ninth. Chris Taylor hit an RBI triple off Cain’s glove in deep center field with two outs before Corey Knebel fanned Justin Turner to end it.

Game 2 is Saturday at Miller Park, with Wade Miley pitching for the Brewers against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

The Dodgers did some damage against the Brewers’ bullpen. Milwaukee used seven pitchers, including three scoreless innings from Hader. Woodruff threw two perfect innings and got the win.

“But for us to get a look at these guys out of the ‘pen in a seven-game series, I think that’s a good thing,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Manny Machado homered and drove in three runs for Los Angeles. The Dodgers committed four errors, including two by catcher Yasmani Grandal, who also had two passed balls.

‘Austin Powers’ actor Verne Troyer’s death ruled suicide from alcohol intoxication

Verne Troyer’s death was ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner on Wednesday. 

Verne Troyer’s death latest suicide for Hollywood community

The recent death of Verne Troyer marks a sad pattern for what has seemed to be a constant norm for

Verne Troyer’s death was ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner on Wednesday.

The 49-year-old actor died of “sequelae of alcohol intoxication” or alcohol abuse, according to a report released by the coroner and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Troyer, known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movie series, died on April 21, a spokesperson for the actor and his social media pages confirmed at the time.

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” a statement from his family read. “Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh.”

“Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible,” it continued. “Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”

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The post went on to describe how Troyer inspired people and exceeded expectations. “Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined,” the post said. “He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know.”

It also said he was “a fighter” and had his share of “battles” during his life, “but unfortunately this time was too much.”

“Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help,” the post said.

Last year, the late actor was admitted to the hospital for alcohol addiction, People Magazine reported. Troyer took to Instagram in April 2017 to tell fans that he’d “been receiving treatment” and added, “With your support, I got this.”

“As you know, I’ve battled alcohol addiction in the past and while it’s not always been an easy fight, I’m willing to continue my fight day by day,” he wrote.

Troyer took on the role as Dr. Evil’s diminutive clone, Mini-Me, in the “Austin Powers” movies, which starred Mike Myers as the British spy, Powers, and Dr. Evil, his archnemesis.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this report. 

American Music Awards ratings plunge 29 percent with politically charged show

The politically charged 2018 American Music Awards produced dismal viewership, setting an all-time low rating for the annual special, according to Variety.
Taylor Swift arrives at the American Music Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Taylor Swift arrives at the American Music Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP)

The politically charged 2018 American Music Awards produced dismal viewership, setting an all-time low rating for the annual special.

According to Variety, Tuesday night’s “American Music Awards” on ABC earned a disappointing 1.8 rating among the key demo of adults age 18-49 with 6.5 million total viewers, according to the Hollywood trade publication. The total was down 25 percent compared to its 2.4 demo rating in 2017.

The show – which aired on a Tuesday as opposed to the typical Sunday — dropped approximately 29 percent in total viewers after drawing 9.2 million last year, the outlet reports.

During the low-rated show, Taylor Swift – who recently broke her longtime political silence by slamming Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn — urged fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

“This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people,” the 28-year-old popstar said while accepting the Artist of the Year award, Swift’s third win of the night.

She continued: “And you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm elections on Nov. 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys.”

Comedian Billy Eichner called the upcoming midterms “the biggest election of our lifetime” and urged viewers to vote.

“Please grab your friends. Tell them to vote. If you believe in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community. If you believe that climate change is real and that we need to do something about it, don’t let anyone tell you your vote won’t count,” Eichner said.

On Sunday, Swift took to social media to declare her support for Blackburn’s opponent, Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat who’s running for re-election.

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” she told her 112 million Instagram followers. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”

Swift opened the American Music Awards with a performance and took home the coveted Artist of the Year award. Other big winners included Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Migos, Young Thug, Cardi B, Rihanna, Khalid, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars, Kane Brown and the late XXXTentacion.

Fox News’ Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

‘Fixer Upper’ star Clint Harp sued by woman who fell at his vacation home

HGTV star Clint Harp has been hit with a lawsuit by a Texas woman who endured a “violent fall” while she was staying at a Waco vacation home owned by the carpenter.
A Texas woman is suing “Fixer Upper” star Clint Harp over “severe injuries” she suffered after falling at his vacation home.

A Texas woman is suing “Fixer Upper” star Clint Harp over “severe injuries” she suffered after falling at his vacation home. (HGTV)

HGTV star Clint Harp has been hit with a lawsuit by a Texas woman who endured a “violent fall” while she was staying at a Waco vacation home owned by the carpenter.

Tamra Rivera is seeking between $200,000 and $1 million for “severe injuries” she says she suffered in Oct. 2016 while vacationing at the property renovated by Chip and Joanna Gaines in Season 1 of their hit series “Fixer Upper,” according to legal documents obtained by the Waco Tribune-Herald.

A rep for Harp did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

In the court filing, Rivera maintains that she and a group of four women rented Harp’s vacation home while they attended the Gaines’ Magnolia Silobration, an annual gathering for vendors, customers and fans – and during their stay, she took a tumble while walking down the staircase – one she alleges was “out of code and in violation of industry standards regarding stairways and handrails,” according to the lawsuit.

The Tribune reported that the home needed to meet strict compliance regulations set by the Texas Accessibility Standards, which states that as part of a significant renovation, handrails must be provided on both sides of the staircase and that each step must be uniform.

According to the publication, the staircase at Harp’s home does not meet the specified requirements. The suit goes on to claim that Harp’s house is in an “unreasonably dangerous condition,” but is still listed on the rental website Airbnb.

Beyonce calls Jay-Z ‘my best friend’ in Instagram tribute

Beyonce is showing her appreciation for her husband and tour partner, Jay-Z.
Beyonce and Jay-Z just finished their "On the Run II" tour.

Beyonce and Jay-Z just finished their “On the Run II” tour. (Getty)

Beyonce is showing her appreciation for her husband and tour partner, Jay-Z.

The 37-year-old posted footage from the couple’s just-wrapped On the Run II tour on Instagram Tuesday. Several shots show the couple embracing.

“To Shawn Carter, my Clyde, my best friend: this journey on OTR2 has been a highlight of my life. Thank you for every moment. I’ll be your hype man any day!” Beyonce wrote on Instagram.

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The hitmaker also took time to address her supporters, known as the “Beyhive.”

“To the Hive and all the fans who supported OTR2, cheers to you and I,” she wrote. “Salud!”

They weren’t the only ones acknowledged by the beloved singer and mother of three.

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“Thank you to all of our loved ones who came out to support OTR2,” she wrote when sharing an Instagram gallery, which included a few shots of her with her father, Matthew Knowles. “And a huge thank you to the hardest working crew in show business. We couldn’t have done this without each of you beautiful human beings.”

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s On the Run II tour spanned 48 dates, finishing Thursday with a performance in Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

An Instagram post from Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles, revealed the star received plenty of love backstage that day, as she shared a picture of she and her ex-husband Matthew simultaneously kissing a smiling Queen B.

‘The Conners’ producers say show won’t do ‘Trump stuff’ anymore, teases Roseanne exit

With the premiere of ABC’s “Roseanne” spinoff, “The Conners,” rapidly approaching, fans far and wide are curious about how the show will address the fact that its former lead is no longer there, and what that will mean for its tone.
'The Conners' won't tackle Trump directly in premiere.

‘The Conners’ won’t tackle Trump directly in premiere. (ABC)

With the premiere of ABC’s “Roseanne” spinoff, “The Conners,” rapidly approaching, fans far and wide are curious about how the show will address the fact that its former lead is no longer there, and what that will mean for its tone.

The revival of “Roseanne” sparked a lot of discussion when it directly addressed the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and indirectly commented on the country’s love, hate relationship with Donald Trump.

Now, after Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet directed at former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, the show will be retitled and revamped to focus on the returning characters. The lack of Barr’s influence will apparently impact how the show tackles current events.

“We are living in a time where people are very anxious and can’t afford to go to the doctor and all that other stuff. So we’re writing in the same way we wrote last year about the economic things,” executive producer Bruce Rasmussen told Variety. “If some of those feel political, they’re political, but we’re not doing any more of the Trump stuff. It’s more about working-class people and how they live their lives. If that comes off as political in spots then that’s how people will perceive it.”

Unfortunately, the minds behind the show are keeping tight-lipped about what happens to the Roseanne character and how they’ll explain her absence from the rest of the family. However, as previously reported, Barr hinted that her character dies of an opioid overdose. Nothing is confirmed, though, until “The Conners” premieres on Oct. 16. But, that doesn’t mean that the producers can’t tease a little bit about what to expect from the spinoff’s debut.

“What’s interesting about the absence of the Roseanne character is that these other characters have to step up and fill a void. It puts them through changes that are interesting for people that know these characters,” fellow executive producer Dave Caplan told Variety. “And even if they’ve never watched the show before it’s still going to be fascinating to see how people adapt when something happens in their lives. Everyone has tragedies in their lives, or has someone they love leave them. And you have to adapt and you have to grow, and that’s what these characters are going to be going through in an interesting way.”

The duo also confessed that the absence of Roseanne will be tracked for multiple episodes of the upcoming show’s run.

CNN stars Don Lemon, Brooke Baldwin decide ‘mob’ is too harsh when referring to groups of angry protesters

CNN anchors Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin have taken offense to the word “mob” being used to describe angry protesters who harass public figures and shut down guests who dare to label demonstrators as such.
CNN anchors Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin seem to think “mob” isn’t a word fit for television.

CNN anchors Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin seem to think “mob” isn’t a word fit for television.

CNN anchors Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin have taken offense at the word “mob” being used to describe angry protesters who harass public figures and shut down guests who dare to label demonstrators as such.

CNN famously aired the uncensored version of the word “s—hole” 195 times in one day, and has devoted countless hours of coverage to porn star Stormy Daniels and her attorney – often using graphic terms to describe sexual encounters. But the word “mob” apparently crosses a line for Jeff Zucker’s network.

On Tuesday, Lemon – who once held up a sign featuring the N-word on his program – declared that harassing elected officials in public settings such as restaurants is not “mob behavior” during a heated discussion on the topic.

“Is it mob behavior? No, it’s not mob behavior. It’s people who are upset and they’re angry with the way the country is going,” Lemon said before explaining that the Constitution allows Americans to protest “wherever you want.”

Lemon said that calling people “mobs because they are exercising their constitutional right is just beyond the pale.”

Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis, who was a guest on the show, tried to say that Lemon would call the same actions a mob if conservatives were doing it, but the CNN show quickly cut to a commercial.

“Mob” is defined as “a disorderly or riotous crowd of people,” according to Dictionary.com.

Earlier in the day, Baldwin also took exception to the use of the term “mob” when discussing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife, Heidi, being pestered out of a restaurant by angry protesters. Lewis was also a guest on Baldwin’s show and called the protestors who harassed Cruz a mob.

“Oh, you’re not going to use the mob word here,” Baldwin said before Lewis fired back, “It is totally a mob.”

“Stop, stop. A mob is what we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia two Augusts ago,” Baldwin declared.

Guest Mary Katharine Ham chimed in, “If it were tea partiers, we’d call it a mob.”

Baldwin then decided to “move past the m-word.”

“I do feel like that is part of the weaponization of what’s happening now on the right,” she said.

In addition to Cruz, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have also been forced out of restaurants because of their politics and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has encouraged such behavior.

“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters once told a crowd of supporters.