This is my first post in StackExchange. Please do tell if I made any mistakes.
I'm looking for a phrase or word that fits this situation:
A person (referred as X below) in a community, presumably having some sort of power, takes an approach that the vast majority of the community disagrees.
Another person (Y) tries to defend X but is frowned upon by the others.
One of them commented:
"Stop ______, Y. It's disgusting. We all despise X and nobody here should be with him."
Some words like "defending", "convoying" might do, but I wish to use a phrase that adds an obviously negative sense to the context.
Is there a phrase or word that applies for the person's comment?
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.