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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  1. Rob

    So did the Democrats incite all the Code Pinkers and far left protesters to attend Republican town halls? Could it actually be individuals and small groups that vehemently oppose Democrats' policies?

    The party in power always forgets that they don't have 100%-or recently even 50%-support from the public.

    Note: There IS NO vast right-wing conspiracy. The Republicans are far too disorganized to coordinate their own membership, let alone a bunch of wing-nuts on the fringe.

    August 5, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. 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 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Andre from NJ

    So the Republican party has the power to get people to hijack these town hall meetings with unrest and anger towards the new health care bill, but they couldn't use all those magical resources to win an election. Seriously? This charge is quite silly. Despite what everyone thinks, the Republican party does not have secret agents in all sectors of society just to undo the work of the Democrats.

    August 5, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Alpha and Omega - The Great Physician Against Republicans

    RNC extremist Gail Katchoo is a retarded idiot just like every Republican who listened to The Fuerer Jarge DUH-bya Bahoosh for eight of the darkest years in American history. The RNC is the blind leading the blind. And these toothless hacks disrupting town hall meetings are so uneducated they can't spell "GED." Viva La Revulucion! We won and the Greedy Old Pricks (GOP) lost. Ah ha, we will pass health care and help heal a very sick nation while the health insurance companies succumb to cardiac arrest.

    Which waaay did 'e go Jarge?

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

    The DNC and the Supreme Leader of iran BOTH claim the people who are demonstrating are extremists,,,,imagine that!!

    August 5, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. John Sullivan MD

    As a physician who has delt with both government and private health insurance, I can assure the public that government plans of medicare and Tricare are far superior to any private plan in choice and coverage. Americans are being lied to by a republican lead political machine. Republican conservatives fera change of any kind. Mr. Obama's health care reform efforts should be lauded and supported by Americans of all political persuasions. How ignorant can 45% of our country be?

    August 5, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Sam Sixpack

    The DNC could have just said people who don't believe their lies are acting "stupidly."

    August 5, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Grezeck

    What a bunch of hooey!!!! There are as many Dems as Republicans as Independents at these rallies, and they're all soeaking with the same voice. STOP THE SPENDING, RUSHED LAWMAKING, OVERHAUL OF OUR HEALTH SYSTEM .......... let's start with TORT REFORM. That alone will save billions in health care costs.

    These reporters want to make us think we're "alone" in this pursuit butr we know different. Again the reporters and news media show their ignorance and bias.

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

    GOP = Stupid + Sour Grapes + Ignorant

    August 5, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. Here it comes......PALIN !!

    The only inciting that I needed was the daily White House press briefings and whatever celebraty tour stop the President is speaking at currently.

    August 5, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. Dallas

    Obama WILL NOT be challenged on ANYTHING!! So much for a democracy. What "that one" doesn't realize, and from what I see on these blogs, you libs don't seem to get, over 90% of the American people have insurance that they like! I don't understand why the whole system needs to be changed just to insure 20 million illegal immigrants and those people that, for some reason or other, cannot afford insurance. Granted the cost of medical/medicine/research is out of hand and that needs overhauling, but the whole, entire "system" does not! But, boy oh boy, if you buck Obama, watch out!

    August 5, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. webman

    Someone's inciting those "tea baggers." The GOP is certainly not discouraging them.

    August 5, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. KAT

    It is called freedom of speech. If an American does not like the way the government is doing things, it is completely ok to voice your opinion. There was a large crowd so obviously if everyone is trying to say something, it would sound loud BUT I did not hear anyone say anything disrespectful. Congress and the president just do not like the fact that that the majority of Americans do NOT like the plan. The CNN pole should not be factored in since CNN is so obviously slanted toward the president. It is better to look at unbiased polling data.

    August 5, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. JD

    I wonder where the Dems' sense of moral outrage over "inciting mobs" was when Code Pink was up to their antics. And how about the mob that took over the MinuteMen's presentations?

    It is truly hypocritical and revealing how the liberal media and the Democrat Party refer to liberal mobs as "activisits," and in the same breath refers to Americans exercising their First Amendment rights as "extremists."

    Somehow I doubt CNN will approve this message. Too much truth here.

    August 5, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. earl

    Why am I not surprised that the GOP are inciting mobs! Everyone knows what that's all about! They will fight anything President Obama does because they want to smear him and make him look bad.

    August 5, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. RR

    blame, blame, blame, blah, blah, blah!

    the democrats have complete control of the executive branch and legislative branch, and they can't do anything but blame and whine.

    August 5, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. Mike in NYC

    These are the tactics that leftists have used for decades. Consult Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals."

    Politics is a contact sport. Crybabies.

    August 5, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Mike in LR

    Why of course, it couldn't be concerned citizens exercising their right to voice opposition to this proposal. It must be a mob, unless it's code pink, or acorn, or on and on.

    August 5, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. Independent

    Yep, that is what they are doing....shame on them....

    August 5, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. JP

    No one is inciting me. Polls show about half of americans support Obama care. I am sure that the 46% of working people who pay no income tax are in that half. We are stealing are childrens money for current consumption. This madness has to stop. If you think its bad now wait until Obama makes all the illegals citizens.

    August 5, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Former Repub

    I agree with RNC spokeswoman Gitcho – we do need to have a dialogue about the future of health care in America. But this won't happen as long as Republican operatives use their angry-mob antics to disrupt informational meetings. Why do they insist on wasting our time? Voters need information and discussion, not shouting matches at town meetings. Are the Repubs so threatened by rational discussion by adults?

    Why isn't CNN following the lead of MSNBC and shining a bright light on what the Repubs are doing to create phony insurrections?

    August 5, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. Dave

    Even Bill O'Reilly condemned conservative republicans for their support of these right wing nuts. The RNC just does not get it. I used to be a die hard republican until the Republican Party was hijacked by these idiots. These people are truly dangerous and the RNC and the rest of the republican party needs to split from them as fast as possible.

    August 5, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. Legna

    Why don't we take a poll during the mob scenes to c what will be the actual truth.

    August 5, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Many of the "tea baggers" who are now participating in these ignorant shout down charades show themselves for the mean spirited fools they are. One women was shown holding a bible up for the camera like she is on a mission from God. Unfortunately, 10% of American adults are now taking legal prescription psychiatric medications (to the delight of Big Pharma) and it looks like most of those are showing up in the town hall meetings to discuss healthcare.

    What kind of ignorant, third world theocracy do they want to turn this country in to? The sheep are feeding themselves to the wolves.

    August 5, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Mike

    Actually I think it is the plan itself which is inciting the angry mobs. I am angry and haven't been contacted by anyone affiliated with any group or association. As more people find out what is contained in the plan(s), the anger will continue to build.

    August 5, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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