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. Kate in SW Fla

    I think they need to print and hand out the info frm this groups, including the description of how to disrupt meetings. It is very un-American to deny other citizens the right to discuss, debate and decide for themselves on this issue. This neo-nazi tactic is intimidation. These folks are being fed a constant diet of false, manipulative and misleading disinformation, with the intnet of creating anger and fear. What they do not realize is that this is not 1993. This fear can turn to violence very quickly and is the most undemocratic activity I have seen in my lifetime.

    August 5, 2009 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  2. James

    What kind of an example are we setting for the future generations. Why are we teaching them that it is okay to mob and heckle those who are trying to conduct the peoples business in a quite and diplomatic way? This type of behavior is not representative of the american way of governing – in the United States we respect the voices of all those who care to participate in the process of making change. The hallmark to a great democracy is not in the few that try to push things by force, but rather from the many who peacefully debate.

    August 5, 2009 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  3. Willy Brown

    Not true but that's the “I’m a victim" democrats.

    August 5, 2009 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  4. charlie in Maine

    As Homer would say "there is no justice like angry mob justice"

    August 5, 2009 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  5. Paul

    Democrats are doing a pretty good job of it too. No unity, self interest rules.

    August 5, 2009 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  6. B Evans

    Blame the Republicans for everything...that seems to be the party line. Just because someone doesn't agree with the Government taking over our healthcare and voices their opinion, means they must be Republican. Funny, when Democrats bus people in to disrupt a Republican meeting it is a positive, grassroots campaign that is the backbone of America, but when Republicans supposedly do the same, it is hurtful and wrong. Democrats have such a double standard.

    August 5, 2009 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  7. Mercedes

    In my opiniom President Obama is doing an excellent job and I think that Republicans should unite to get forward, this is not about party... unity just america, progress and opportunities at all levels.Stupidly repeated over and over you see news or unimportant events ....

    August 5, 2009 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  8. Pragmatic

    This is a well orchestrated push-back by republicans who want President Obama to fail, and insurance companies who want total control of the health care system. Insurance companies don't care if you live or die ... and if this battle for reform is lost ... they will raise your rates, cut your coverage – with no restraints!

    Can you afford to pay more? What if you loose your job? Busing loud mouths, primed with yelling points, whose only purpose is to cause havoc, doesn't move the debate forward.

    August 5, 2009 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  9. Gator

    This is all that the Republicans have left to do. It is an organized effort to disrupt any meeting concerning the health care debate. The party of "no" will continue its goal of defeating anything the Democrats try to do even if it hurts the country as a whole.
    People forget when Bush was in office that anyone who said anything about Bush was accused of being unpatriotic or a traitor to this country. How soon they forget.

    August 5, 2009 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  10. Brina

    The GOP is behind this craziness. They should be encouraging people to talk and get answers but nooooo they rather hold klan rallies.

    August 5, 2009 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  11. Norv in Largo

    Why is it that Democrats cant take their own type of response. When President Bush wanted to make statements, or have meetings, or went places, people protested, drew cartoons of him, and Moveon.Org, Code Pink, I can go on and on.

    I think its great that the Republicans the extremists granted are acting like Democrats.

    Shows how childish we have become. Why do we owe Obama any more cooperation than Democrats gave President Bush.

    The American people have not been duped, we are questioning all things and letting Congress know.

    Perhaps we have hope after all.....

    August 5, 2009 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  12. CJ in FL

    If the GOP is inciting angry mobs, what were the Democrats doing during Bush's entire term? Good gravy, talk about blatant hypocrisy!

    Additionally, I noticed that opponents of the current ruling party are now classified as extremists, when they used to be called 'concerned citizens' or 'patriots' while the GOP was in charge.

    My how times have changed...

    August 5, 2009 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  13. cfrench

    Why not let them continue? It will only serve to isolate the right wing tea-baggers even more than they already are. If the DNC were smart they'd keep their mouths shut and let the gun toting, homophobic bible bangers continue to self destruct.

    August 5, 2009 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  14. jody in NY

    You know I am tired of the fighting back and forth. Can the two parties sit down and figure out a Health Care plan that is good for all americans. Instead of spending all this money for smear campaigns, maybe that is how we come up with the money to do the health care reform.

    August 5, 2009 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  15. justaspark

    It happened in Maryland's First District yesterday. People had their minds made up and would not listen to the congressman explain anything. They would not even listen when he said he agreed somewhat with them, that he did not support the health care bill as it is right now or anything. He voted for the cap and trade after winning concessions for agriculture, and Maryland already had cap and trade, but that didn't faze them either. They came spoiling for a fight, not to listen to the congressman. They are the ones who are scary. They make wild claims with nothing to back it up. They say they are losing freedoms (don't know which ones, they didn't specify) and that socialist regimes are taking over America. ????

    August 5, 2009 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  16. Right Leaning Independent

    How about the Liberal loonies that broke windows and threatened a speaker at UNC several months ago causing the speaker to cancel his speech!! I guess that was just Free Speech???? Democrats=Party of Hypocrites!!

    August 5, 2009 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  17. dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm all for freedom of speech; it is part and parcel of what makes this one of the greatest countries on Earth, but this is bulltwinkle! If you feel strongly about the Presidents policies write to your congressperson. There is no need for Republiklan leaders to encourage these types of "spontaneous" demonstrations for the whole country and world to see our ignorance and intolerance (bigotry). I was absolutely stunned when I saw this type of thing at McCain and Palin's rallies during the primaries without a peep from either Sarah or John to put a stop to it. Not only was this classless on their part, it was evil. No president, that I can recall, has worked so hard for the regular folks and been hated and disrespected so much in return. May God bless him, and keep him safe from his enemies.

    August 5, 2009 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  18. West

    WOnder if not a case of protesting to much not that the democrats would stoop to inciting something just to blame the republicans and distract folks from their own messes

    August 5, 2009 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  19. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    These morons, the mobsters are fighting against their own interests. They are being manipulated by corporate lobbyists and are too stupid to realize it. They are truly rethuglicans and have become the party of NO solutions, NO ideas and NO compassion.

    August 5, 2009 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    The future does not bode well for the GOP. The GOP has allowed its future remain captive of an extreme minority led by political talk show entertainers. The changing demographics and lack of diversity will doom any GOP political come back in the immediate future. Mob politics will turn off the majority of Americans.

    August 5, 2009 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  21. Right Leaning Independent

    Seems to me that the Dems are desperate because they can not get health care passed, because the American public has wised up to the worthless stimulus package and wasteful bailout of the Auto companies only to see them file for bankruptcy, Dems realize that Main Street has caught on to the fact that they are going to have to be taxed for this big spending liberal president and they are mad that this racist president threw the police under the bus! And most of all Dems are trying to stop Obama's ratings slide with this ad! People complained that the Republicans were thugs yet it seems that the Dems are the ones assuming the role of thugs. If you do not agree with them – you are unpatriotic and against America!!!

    August 5, 2009 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  22. Sam Sixpack

    Once your guy is elected, free speech sucks.

    I for one can't wait to be ordered to give all I can "afford" to BHO's fat, greedy, rich friends and then denied coverage if and when I get really sick.

    And I thought Bush sucked.

    August 5, 2009 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  23. Rhonda

    Poppycock. The Democrats are just ticked off a page from their playbook was stolen. Alinsky's tactics are working against them now.

    August 5, 2009 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  24. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    The GOP has no rational argument against health care so they are stirring up their irrational base to make noise like they normally do instead of debating the topic. GOP wants more of the same, no coverage for all Americans, rising health care costs for American's and Profits for insurance companies.

    GOP, if you have an answer, lets see your plan for covering all of American and reducing cost and submit it to the CBO. Otherwise, if you are not going to help with this issue, sit down and shut up.

    August 5, 2009 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  25. Obama only creates TAXES

    Why shouldnt we incite mobs, all the democrates want to do is pass new tax laws and then pass a health carer that will give old people counciling on how to give up their lives so the government can share their wealth.

    Its time the mobs take back America from the Obama Socialistic Republic of Non-America people known as Democrates

    August 5, 2009 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
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