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. Maranatha.Shalom

    The Democrats hate it when their rivals use their own tactics against them.

    August 5, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Michael

    Let's have a discussion, people. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, etc. etc.

    August 5, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. Cindy

    Typical left-wing Chicago style politics. Obama and his minions use the likes of ACORN to organize protests, commit voter fraud, and corrupt our government. Here we have actual citizens – on their own – standing up to the hordes of DC and demanding better representation and the libs mistake it for their own cheap tactics. Wake up libs – not everyone plays evil and dirty like you do. There ARE actually some true patriots left in this country and they can't stand the evil you are doing to this country. Get ready for a lot more of the same.

    August 5, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Randy

    Our Great communist experiment can only end in a bad way for ordinary americans.

    August 5, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    It is about time that the Democrats are taking a stand against the spoiled brats and schoolyard bullies of the Republican Party and the rest of the radical right wing conspirators. They can't win an election honestly, they have to bully, lie, and try to disrupt civilized discourse on the real problems of the country. They are the barbarians at the gates who only want to destroy what others are trying to build. They are a minority in our country now thanks to the mess they made of trying to run things. They are incompetent, corrupt, and greedy and all they can do is criticize the work of others but they can not offer anything constructive to getting us out of the terrible mess that we are in now that they caused.

    August 5, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Ryan Indy

    Are the Democrats SERIOUS? This is an insult to the American Public. What did you the democrats do for 8 yrs? TRY TO DESTROY GW BUSH? Absolutely. Democrats love dishing it out but absolutely can not take it. On top of that the Public is sincerely angry about the Policies that Obama is trying to put in place. I am not some Right wing Extremists I am an Independent and I am angry at the defecit that OBAMA has created and the health care he is trying to slam down the american publics throat. This is going to backfire in the face of the Democrats. Especially the hypocrisy involved with there message. AMERICANS DONT LIKE THE POLICIES that the Democrats are trying to implement. END OF STORY.

    August 5, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Jay Dubbe

    You know, this might hold water if it weren't for the fact that many of the Democratic members of congress are against over-reaching health care reform as well.

    Don't try to demonize people who exercise their right to free speech. At least they aren't breaking windows and burning things, the hallmarks of left-wing protesters.

    August 5, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. Save Democracy

    The GOP is a terrorist organization. If one wants to have their voice heard, then show up to the meetings, be civil and represent your position in a mature way. But these people don't want a debate. They want a fight. It is only a matter of time before they become violent.

    (And FYI, they are also all on the payroll of either the GOP or the Special Interest Lobbys, just like the people who rioted the Florida recount in 2000.)

    August 5, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. Larry

    The ignorant republican propaganda machine is using the same tactics that the Nazis used to disrupt Germany's government in the 1930s. The majority of the American people are well educated and informed and these tactics will not work in this day and age. The educated majority spoke up on that Tuseday in November of 2008 and will speak again in 2010 when more republicans will lose their seats in congress. Ms. Gail Gitcho, you will see on that election day. See you next Tuesday in November, 2010.

    August 5, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Conservative Independent

    two angry parties both wanting power. the attacks will never end. we need a third or fourth or fifth party to give us a more democratic form of government.

    we need health care reform, but i shutter to think of the cost to my children when Obama's plan goes through.

    August 5, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Abel

    Yet again the republicans cant stop being Bad losers

    August 5, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Rick in OP

    The DNC has no clue of the manure avalanche that is waiting for senators and representatives when they come home for the August recess. Americans can tell when someone is trying to pull a fast one on them and they don’t like it. What we have seen so far is just an inkling of the public anger that is seething over the actions of the President and Congress since January of this year.
    The rhetoric of the DNC letter of August 4th indicates fear and panic on their part. They are fully aware that if sufficient time is given for the American populace to evaluate the intent and cost of the health care plans, they will be rejected.

    August 5, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Politics In Washington??

    It is about time that the Democrats got some backbone and called out the Brownshirt Wing of the Republican Party. Those responsible for disrupting townhall meeting should be arrested for disorderly conduct and those inciting them should also be prosecuted. If police can handcuff and charge a man in his own home, they should have the courage to administer the law to a real threat to society.

    August 5, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. tim

    It wouldn't be so bad if they people yelling at their congress people wouldn'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 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. inofritzn

    Only people inciting me are the lefties

    August 5, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Anonymous

    In the rest of the civilized world, people do not fear a health problem as an event that could destroy their families' future. We don't need health insurance; Wall Street investors need health insurance. The rest of us need health care, now.
    "Less choice"? "Lower-quality coverage?"
    What world do these people live in? Anything is better than a choice between slow financial ruin (paying insurance companies who will do their best never to pay in the event you should need it), or quick financial ruin (getting sick without insurance).
    Kick the profiteers out of the system. We don't need them. The proof is in every other developed country, where people can get medical attention without someone making a buck on it.

    August 5, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. Sam Sixpack

    BHO is making GWB look like a genius.

    August 5, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. bam

    E-messages have been produced that confirm Republican-allied groups are organizing and encouraging the disruptive mobs.

    One of those groups is Americans for Prosperity, a well-funded rightwing group that helped organize teabaggers, opposes environmental regulation, healthcare reform etc.. It pretends to be
    a grassroots organization but is heavily funded by one of the Koch brothers, oil magnates and sons of a founder of the John Birch Society.

    As the old saying goes, follow the money.

    August 5, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. B in Pittsburgh

    If you watch some of these crazy people at these town halls, they are clearly right-wing fanatics with mental issues who are spouting off talking points that were begun by the likes of Limbaugh. It is reminiscent of the "domestic terrorist" freaks at the McCain/Palin rallies last year. There is no such thing as rationale dialog or respectful disagreement where these people are concerned.

    Loonies, the lot of them.

    August 5, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. BDavis

    The GOP is responsible for 25% of the anger in white america but 75% of the people anger lies within their own hearts. I'm thankful that I believe that the only way to fight hate is with good. I'll continue to pray for the human race.

    August 5, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Vicky from Milwaukee

    What are they afraid of? The days of the rich getting richer on our backs is over? Blue Cross or United Health Care won't donate millions to their re-election campaigns? Time to tell this corrupt, slezy morons to take a hike.

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

    Is anyone surprised? That seems to be the way Obama's toadies (not ALL Democrats) react to ANY form of criticism.

    August 5, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. Tom

    Open your eyes and ears to what is happening instead of jumping to conclusions.The masses are very angry with the current administration and congress for not listening to them. you are spending money we don't have and trying to spend more in an economy that is tanked. rather than try to shove every socialist program down our throats why not get one thing right (the economy) so that there is funding for all those socialistic programs that are already implemented. this administration has done nothing right, but if you believe the lies spewed from their mouths, they feel they are gods. if this health care option is so good lets see our elected officials be required to have it as their only plan.

    August 5, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. lrnarug

    Like spoiled children, the Republicans need to sit down and shut up. I'm sick to death of their whining and gnashing of teeth.

    My teenage grandson is a leukemia survivor of 8 yrs., but under our health care plan as it is now, he can never carry health insurance, as he will always have a "preexisting condition". How dare the Republicans keep others, just as worthy, from having medical care insurance. What a bunch of hypocrits. McCain wanted to give illegals amnesty and health insurance, but not cancer survivors..

    August 5, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Sam Sixpack

    Well, at least poor people won't be showing up - the cars they might otherwise have been able to afford are being smashed by their abusers.

    August 5, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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