Media and politicos characterized a "sit-in" by pro-gun control House Democrats Wednesday as "historic," even though it was just eight years ago that House Republicans staged a similar protest.
"Democrats are doing a historic protest by sitting here in the well," MSNBC's Luke Russert said during a live broadcast.
"It is a historic moment without a doubt," he added.
His colleague Kate Snow agreed that the event was indeed "historic," saying, "I've covered that place for five years. I can't remember anything like this. I know you haven't seen anything like this either."
Later that same day, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., said in an interview with CNN, "This is a historic moment. I'm not aware of any sit-in that's ever occurred in the House of Representatives.
Democratic lawmakers took control of Congress's lower house Wednesday, and shut down all legislative business with a "sit-in" they said would continue until GOP leadership agreed to a vote on two gun control measures, the Washington Examiner reported.
The move comes in the wake of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., which claimed the lives of 49 people.
Pro-gun control Democrats shouted "No bill, no break" as they took control of the chamber Wednesday morning while the House was out of session, with many standing or sitting on the floor. Senate Democrats soon joined the protest.
For many in the press, the "sit-in" marked a historic occasion.
"Follow my … colleagues covering the historic #NoBillNoBreak sit-in in Congress," journalist Asteris Masouras advertised on social media.
An NBC News affiliate in Philadelphia published a headline reading, "House Democrats stage historic sit-in on house floor in fight over gun control."
Digg published a headline of its own, reading, "Watch US House Democrats Stage A Historic Sit-In Over Gun Control."
"This is so amazing to watch and historic," said Jezebel editor J. Escobedo Shepherd.
Businessweek's Joshua Green opined, "House Democrats are staging a historic sit-in to force gun vote, but @cspan is replaying Trump's Hillary speech."
"It is really a historic moment," said MSNBC's Russert. "I say historic because the way in which the rules are in the two chambers. In the Senate, people are familiar with the filibuster. In the House there is no filibuster."
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, was reportedly asked by multiple reporters at a press conference Wednesday to comment on just how "historic" the "sit-in" was, according to IJ Review's Joe Perticone.
And politicos definitely got in on the "historic" action.
"It is a historic day on Capitol Hill as Democrats stand up & sit in to demand a vote on gun violence," said Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.
Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., asked his social media followers to tune into the "historic sit in."
"Tune into @KPCC in a few minutes to hear me talk about the historic sit-in on the House floor to demand a vote on guns," said Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., added.
However, as far as historicity is concerned, it was just eight years ago that an estimated 45 House Republicans, angry about Democratic inaction on recent energy legislation, staged a similar protest and refused to vacate the chamber.
Like the House's current leadership, then-Speaker Pelosi had the chamber's cameras and the microphones cut (something she decried Wednesday). However, unlike GOP leadership, Pelosi took it a step further and had the House lights shut off.
Nevertheless, even without microphones and lights, Republicans spent the next six hours giving impromptu speeches on energy and criticizing Democratic inaction.
Also, unlike the "sit-in" Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers and their aides were far more vocal in 2008 about their displeasure with the House protest.
"Democratic aides were furious at the GOP stunt, and reporters were kicked out of the Speaker's Lobby, the space next to the House floor where they normally interview lawmakers," Politico reported at the time.
"You're not covering this, are you?" one senior Democratic aide reportedly complained.
Another aide called the 45 Republicans "morons."
Now, eight years after the GOP's energy protest, Democratic lawmakers and many in the press are calling the gun control "sit-in" historic, despite that it is, "essentially the same attention-seeking maneuver in the weightier historical tradition of the sit-in," the Atlantic's Russell Berman noted.
"Republicans seem to be taking the Democratic protest in stride, preferring — for the first few hours, at least — to keep quiet and wait out the sit-in," he added. "The lack of cameras may have forced Democrats to record their speeches with illicit photos and shaky Periscope feeds, but hey, at least Republicans didn't shut off the lights."