August 5th, 2009
12:14 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats accuse GOP of inciting mobs

A DNC Web ad accuses the GOP of inciting mobs.
A DNC Web ad accuses the GOP of inciting mobs.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee will amplify its charge that Republicans are responsible for “inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists … to disrupt” town hall meetings in a new 65 second Web video that will release Wednesday morning.

The video shows footage of angry constituents and protestors at recent events and then flashes pictures of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, and even conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh on the screen.

“They lost the election,” the narrator says. “They lost on the recovery act, the budget and children's health care. They've lost the confidence of the American people after eight years of failed policies that ruined our economy and cost millions of jobs. Now, desperate Republicans and their well funded allies are organizing angry mobs – just like they did during the election. Their goal? Destroy President Obama.”

The DNC issued a sharp statement Tuesday accusing Republicans and GOP allies of encouraging and coordinating the disruptive behavior at the town hall meetings.

UPDATE: Republican National Committee spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said Democrats were using the charge to dismiss criticism of the president's health care plan.

"In a remarkable example of callousness, the White House and Democrats have reduced the concerns and opinions of millions of Americans to 'manufactured' and have labeled them as 'angry extremists,' for voicing their opposition to President Obama’s government-run health care experiment," she said. "Millions of American families, small business owners, doctors, veterans, seniors – and even House and Senate Democrats – have real and serious concerns over the president’s risky and costly government-run health care experiment.

"And they should – taxpayers will pay for this costly experiment because it will raise taxes without decreasing costs, increase the deficit, will lead to less choice and lower-quality health coverage. Before heading into recess, the Democrats should have read the dozens of public opinion polls showing that a majority of Americans believe President Obama’s government-run health care experiment is a bad idea. Are Democrats so out of touch that they are shocked to learn that Americans are concerned about their $1.6 trillion government-run health care experiment?"


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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Jim

    I agree with the right wing extremists like Boehner and Limbaugh that we should reduce government spending. Not one more dollar for Iraq. Let the Iraqis use oil profits to pay our troops. Oh, I forgot, the right wingers were going to do this originally but then they discovered there wasn't a defense dollar that they didn't like.

    August 5, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Jeebus

    Accuse? It's a demonstrable fact, not an accusation.

    Learn to report, or gtfo.

    August 5, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. RDS

    It's not dismissing critics as the RNC is stating, but what solution can we come up with if everyone is shouting at a town hall. By doing this no one gets heard, no problems/questions get answers, and we're still left with a healthcare system with rising cost and debt which is causing 60% of the bankruptcy filings in this country.

    August 5, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Bob in Pa

    I guess since there were no torches and pitchforks it must have been a fake mob.

    Why is it the that DNC and congressional leaders hate free speech so much ?

    Maybe if Congressman were in Washington to represent the people from their district instead of themselves and their party leadership it wouldn't take screaming at town hall meetings to get their attention.

    August 5, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. jt slater

    Apparently protest is not allowed in the Boy Wonder's Marxist State!!! The Deomcrats need to create some jobs and get this economy going rather than wasting money on political paybacks for the boy wonder's victory last november. And please don't tell me that a rise of .004 in the GDP is a signal that the recession is over. What a joke the Deomcrats have become!

    August 5, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. DianeR PC FL

    The Thugs of NOPE can't stand it when their tactics are exposed for all to see. If the mobs they've ginned-up were really interested in a dialogue about healthcare, then why scream and shout at townhall meeting for the purpose of legitimate discussion and debate. Perhaps the Blubbering Conservidiot Sniveling Moron Class are not interested in enlightenedi discussion – just in creating tea-bagging/birther hysteria and anger.

    August 5, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Will L.

    Since when was it a bad thing to get mad when you think the country is not being run properly? During the Bush administration people protested against the war and many other things, as is their right. Now that people are protesting and letting their feelings known it is a bad thing? It really pisses me off that the DNC dismisses people's views as if they are being manufactured by some political action committee. People are mad – get used to it. I never heard Bush whining about people protesting and blaming it on the DNC or Clinton....

    August 5, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Robert P

    When citizen's voice opposition to anything Obama – they are labelled unauthentic sore losers – driven by a right wing conspiracy. The real story here is not the noise at the town hall meetings, rather that Obama and his supporters refuse to legitimize any voice that does not keep in line with their agenda. Wow! Kinda like in Iran, when the governement did not like the voices of the voices of the people. There they attacked physically. In Obama's administration, the attack is against one's legitimacy. Does anyone else see the concern of this slippery slope!

    August 5, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. TRUTH-B-TOLD

    Well stated, we know you now gop! You can FOOL some of the people sometimes, but now we know your treacherous ways!

    August 5, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Seattle Sue

    This is a no brainer, of course the GOP/conservative radicals are responsible for this outrageous actions. What low class jerks!

    August 5, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Jefe

    Criticism in politics is great. Outspoken citizens are great for democracy. However, any issuing death threats against the president, in the way they were before Obama was elected, need to be tried for treason. If I hear a death threat in the crowd against President Obama, I will call the FBI immediately.

    Its amazing, in a party where most of the members identify themselves as Christians, to consistently see such anti-Christian behavior.

    August 5, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Melissa

    That would be because thats exactly what the GOP is doing. They would rather a civil war than have a change in the status quo.

    August 5, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Brad from Wildomar, CA

    Unruely behavior at a political event? Oh my stars and garters.... say it isn't so. I'm sure the behavior parallels with the loud protestors bussed in by Move On.org and other left wingnut organizations during the Bush era are merely coincidental. Liberals complaining about professional protestors should recognize that their example has caught on... and will probably become a permanent feature in the chaotic landscape that is American politics. Liberals protesting that protests are becoming unruely... I feel a major chuckle coming on.

    August 5, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. VIVEK

    teabaggers don't know that these healthcare reforms are going to help them. most of the baggers are just middle class or below as most dems are but still they cling on to their party and are emotionally blindsided towards their party, just like one friend of mine is. it is not america that is first to them, it is their party.

    the rich gopers fund these baggers to dig their own grave.

    August 5, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. norman

    Sounds like the dems are desperate and scared. I was at one of those events and nobody told me to be there. EXCEPT ME

    August 5, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Lost confidence?

    Why is the DNC running ads? They are in charge and have been for 2.5 years...

    Not for much longer however...

    August 5, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Bill

    Wow. Almost reminds me of Iran. Let's see, the ruling party there didn't like opposition from the masses, so they claimed the US was inciting the protests? When is Ayatollah Pelosi gonna get it?

    August 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Waiting for 2010

    How ridiculous! Democrats are we not entitled to voice our opinions against your wasting our tax dollars? After all we are the tax payers who fund all the crap you waste our money on. We cannot afford any more of the Democrats experiments with trillions of our dollars and in the process destroy healthcare. Just goes to show how clueless the Democrats are and can't stop blaming everyone for their short comings.

    August 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. MN Resident

    Boy, is this the post calling the kettle black!! After MoveOn.org, Code Pink, ACORN, and Act-Up (Just to name a few), I think the Democratic Party and it's fanatical followers have to take a real close look in the mirror if they want to cricize people for "inciting angry mobs". It appears the Demcrats can dish it out, but can't take it.....

    August 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Cynthia St. Louis

    This whole thing is sickening- ignorant people being manipulated by right wing corporate lobbyists- AND THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW THEY ARE BEING MANIPULATED TO KEEP THE STATUS QUO FOR THE WEALTHY!!!

    It's a sad day when free speech is compromised in this country in favor of totalitarian mob rule.

    August 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. John from Portland, OR

    I don't associate with either party. I don't want this health care plan shoved down my throat. This is not what government is for.
    Dems or Repubs did not influence me to this decision.
    Regards,
    John

    August 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. The sane one

    Rahm Emmanuel says "never let a good crisis go to waste." By whipping up the specter of angry "mobs" (who are p.o.'ed taxpayers), they are laying the groundwork for restrictions on firearms ownership. Remember the hype about mexican drug lords getting all their guns from the U.S.? That trial balloon landed with a thud.

    August 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Angus McDugan

    Talk about fear mongering... Looks like Obma is taking his lead from the GOP playbook once again.

    August 5, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. MS

    I guess Republicans incited the American Revolution too then.

    August 5, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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