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. Tom

    A more appropriate headline would be "GOP uses Dems' own tactics against them". This is exactly what Obama supporters, MoveOn.org, Code Pink, etc, etc were using against the Republicans this time last year.

    August 5, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. tim

    t wouldn't be so bad if they people yelling at their congress people weren't shouting talking point straight from Rush & the GOP; talking points that aren't even factual. Is the GOP going to base a revolution on lies?

    August 5, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Sue

    They just "don't get it" and if they did, they wouldn't care anyway.
    Pelosi and Crew just take care of themselves and don't listed to the American people because THEY JUST DON't CARE what we want.
    Get rid of them all ................they've been around too long.

    August 5, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Anonymous

    It's actually government-funded, not government run.

    August 5, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Diane

    I think the American people will remember with vivid clarity of the meeting where President Obama was accused of "paling around with terrorists" during a speech of Sarah Palin. That mob was getting very angry. Who was behind it?? the GOP. I have been a life long Republican, never voted for a Democrat until this election. I am tired of the bickering, screaming, etc. that the GOP is doing. Show me somethig of value that this party has our interests at heart. Iwish all American people would start screaming for TERM LIMITS!

    August 5, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. karen

    why is it when a democrat protests or disagrees it is good for the country, but when a republicans do it we are an angry mob? Can you say double standard!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. the southern progressive

    who needs to accuse them of that.. i thought they were proud of the mob menatlity. isnt that the best to way to control the herds... unfounded fear and enraged excitement.

    August 5, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Greg

    In DNC terms, "they" is the American people and "we" is the Obama administration. Remember under Reagan when "we" was all of us.

    August 5, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Who ever wrote this I couldn't have said it better, Former President Bush and the Republican Part 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.” Sad but true. Go President Obama

    August 5, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Lin

    OK, let me get this straight- Democrats or liberals are labeled as "protesters" "organizers" or "activists" when they have an event to show their disapproval of something, but those who disagree with Obama's plan are labeled as part of an "angry mob" or a "right-wing extremists?" If you are a Democrat, it is portrayed as cool and progressive if you protest, but if you disagree with the Democrats, it is portrayed as backwards or crazy.

    Wait, isn't this America, where we all have the right to protest and the right to free speech? So much for the new era of politics we were supposed to be getting.

    August 5, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. AJR - STL

    Yeah – it's the Republicans it's not about Bad policy being created on the hill.

    August 5, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Larry Raiken

    I called the RNC, and was told that the Republicans have nothing to do with the mob actions; there are no "elected Republican officials," on site, and I was also told that the disrupters are "free American citizens who feel threatened by the plan and who have the right," to do whatever.

    Just thought I would tell you what happens when you call.

    August 5, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Lexi

    Fact of the business is – there's too many unanswered questions about national health care to ram it thru so fast. It needs to be thought out and financial questions answered before it becomes law. The white house doesn't seem to get it.

    August 5, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Concerned in GA

    These silly accusations from the Obama administration and the liberal Democrats come as no surprise. They will do and say anything to bully those who disagree with their ridiculous policies (which bascially amount to nothing more than power grab & control). Resorting to playground jabs, instead of actually listening to their constituents, shows just how Obama & his minions really ARE aware of our legitimate concerns... and it scares them.

    August 5, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Jon

    I think the DNC has it right – it seems the Republicans will do anything to disrupt progress in this Nation. They have become the party of NO!

    August 5, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Judy

    So typical! How else can they explain away the fact that the majority of Americans are mad as hell. Enough of the lies; out with the bums!

    August 5, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Tony

    I have no idea who's behind the protests but it sure seems like the shoe is on the other foot. If the GOP is at the heart of the protests, good for them. Its about time they play politics on the DEM's level. Opposition to Obama and his agenda is always margionalized by the DNC and it is time that every legal means of speaking out needs to be used to remind the liberals that the other half of the country is has a voice too. Whine away DNC, you are just drawing attention away from your agenda, and isn't that the point?

    August 5, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Rich

    Well...they do..

    August 5, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Matt in CT

    So, let me get this straight. The DNC sees no possible way that anyone in the United States could possibly be angry with the crap that's coming out of Congress? This is all just another vast right-wing conspiracy? Why not just have the Secretary of State call it for what they think it is!

    Are we going to have to face allegations of some conspiracy every time we criticize one of the President's moves? I thought this was the same sort of crap the Left faulted President Bush for during his terms.

    August 5, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. cindy

    Dems are starting to sound a little desperate. Good. They should with the problems and economic disasters they are trying to lay on our country. I see they are blaming Bush again. I'm not saying Bush was perfect because he wasn't but I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have tried to ruin the USA like Obama and his gang are. They are delusional at best. They'll get a good wake up call in 2010 and 2012. It's not about Dem or Repub at this point – it's about protecting our Constitution – these people have every right to protest and make their feelings known. Obama is the one who called for going "door to door" back in the fall – I guess that's okay if you are a liberal. We have the same rights and are protected as well to protest this joke of a bill.

    August 5, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Yawn...

    So then i guess any protests and dissent during the previous president's term were really only democrat incited.

    August 5, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. jymallyn

    The anti-Obama critics fail to realize that our current national health coverage is akin to having to pay every time you flush the toilet.

    It is the insurance companies and their lobbyist customers that are benefitting from all of the accumulated fertilizer and NOT the overwhelming majority of Americans.

    August 5, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. charles

    I love the Democrats, when Acorn is busing people in to protest the hateful republicans or somebody getting money its "grass roots" individuals exercising thier rights of free speech. But when people actually don't like thier policies its the baby beating conservatives inciting mob mentality. What load of hypocritical BS.

    August 5, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Steven White Plains New York

    What a bunch of crap. 85% of people like their health care. The president of Italy does not go to Canada or stay in his own country for medical needs. Yes 47 million people do not have coverage, 20 million is made up of people who spend their money on other choices and 20 million are illegals. Does it make sense to scrap a whole system for that????? How about some tort reform?? Why will no one dare say those words. Obama can't go against his backers.

    August 5, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. ariveria

    we are simply at that point were republicans in their attempt to do nothing want to kill americans and line the pockets of the ultra rich health care executives.

    THERE IS NO RIGHT TO LIFE

    WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO HEALTH CARE

    August 5, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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