Rule of the intolerant lefty mob

So it’s come to this: Employees of a major company are in open revolt because one of its top executives attended the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavan­augh, one of his oldest and closest friends.

Such are the depths of intolerance and utter insanity to which the Left has sunk in this whole sordid affair.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s VP for global public policy, sat two rows directly behind Kavanaugh as he testified. The two go back 20 years: They were in each other’s wedding parties; their children grew up together.

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But hundreds of Facebook employees took to internal message boards to cry foul and worse — unloading a still-ongoing barrage of messages saying his appearance was hurtful, suggested a Facebook endorsement of Kavanaugh and had “triggered” company workers who’ve been sexually assaulted.

And the mob appears to have won.

Another exec who suggested that anyone whose work life doesn’t “match your passions” should work elsewhere was forced to apologize for causing “pain and frustration” instead of offering “understanding.”

Company COO Sheryl Sandberg called Kaplan’s appearance at the hearing “a mistake.” Kaplan himself felt compelled to apologize, acknowledging he’d caused a “deeply painful” moment. And CEO Mark Zuckerberg called an emergency town hall meeting to try to contain the outrage.

This is madness. And it has nothing to do with violating Facebook’s alleged neutrality. Because none of those railing against Kaplan would have done so had he sat in the same seat behind Christine Blasey Ford. In fact, they’d be praising him.

Sad to say, what’s happening at Facebook is not an isolated incident. It’s emblematic of the narrow-minded extremism of today’s Left — and of the extent to which that chilling mob mentality actually wins the day.

Happily, Kavanaugh appears headed to confirmation Saturday. Sadly, the hyper-partisan lunacy of the nomination battle isn’t going away anytime soon.

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