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

Democrats accuse GOP of inciting mobs

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. lindsey

    As if the Democrats never organized protests and caused disruptions while Bush was speaking somewhere. Hello Kettle, meet Pot.

    August 5, 2009 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. phoenix86

    Another irresponsible attack from the DNC. The DNC firmly believes in mob rule, where a majority does what it wishes without any consideration of opposing or alternative views.

    The democrats are quickly on their way to the ash heap of history. First step was the election of "The Fool", next step is 2010, then 2012.

    August 5, 2009 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. Paul

    This "create an enemy to reduce attention on the Dems" video is something the Nazi's would have generated. Be Afraid . . .

    August 5, 2009 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. TangledThorns

    This is pathetic of the DNC to attack protesters like this. This is an attack by the DNC against free speech, nothing more.

    August 5, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  5. Daniel

    Good for the Dems finally getting a backbone to stand up to the Republican Lies. If they (or specifically John Kerry) had one back in 2004, we might be in a different situation today.

    August 5, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    Liars lying about liars. Democrats and Republicans all clamor for the right to give your tax dollars to their fat, greedy, rich friends.

    Without this new plan, big insurance companies will suck trillions of dollars out of health care. With this plan, big insurance companies will suck trillions of dollars out of health care.

    You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but all you need to do is fool enough of the people enough of the time.

    August 5, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. bill

    is this all the repubs got.ITS A JOKE.A BAD JOKE BUT STILL A JOKE.NOT FUNNY.after eight years of bush chaney corruption.we the american people should be protesting.WHERE IS .WAS ACCOUNTABILITY ON IRAQ.lets get the truth out there so we can heal as a once great nation.

    August 5, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  8. Ancient Texan

    The DNC has an exclusive right to free speech? Nobody that is in disagreement with Obamacare should dare disagree publicly? The People are mad because their representatives are not listening to them. They were ignored on the stimulus vote and will be ignored again on Obamacare.

    August 5, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    Oh, come on...... gibe me a break! These are hardworking, decent, normal Americans. If this is an unruly mob, where is the anger at the left-wing protesters we've seen over the decades? There were no buses loaded up. There are no "big bad insurance companies" behind this. Its just Americans with a different point of view expressing THEIR anger for once. The left-wing does NOT have a monopoly on protest or freedom of expression.

    August 5, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  10. annie s

    Did they hire Sarah to incite riots yet? I can hear it now "kill them, they're terrorists!" The Republicans have no other plan than fear – it worked for them throughout the Bush years and sadly, it seems to be working for them again. That the American public can be so easily manipulated is sad testimony to our characters.

    August 5, 2009 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  11. mike

    inciting a riot? you have got to be kdding me..ask anyone out here in america and you will find we are VERY concern with the direction of this country. bailouts, big spending, pork, bias meida coverage, tax increases in areas OTHER than income tax, money paid back by banks that were suppose to reduce the deficit put inot a general fiund and used by barney franks to complete a housing project, mass media coverage on the gates issue with hardly any on the black panthers harrassing people at the poll AND being pardoned, tim g saying we may have to raise taxes on the middle class now because of runaway spending.. government czars that are communist, government czars as a whole, gavernment intervention in all areas of private business aren t you concern?

    August 5, 2009 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  12. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    I don't know about the rest of the democrats, but if I was at a town hall meeting and a bunch of republican losers started screaming in my ear, i'd show them how to really disrupt the meeting. By the time the cops got there, some big mouth derelicts would be missing some teeth!!! Why people sit there and take that crap is beyond me. Come on losers, TRY ME, I beg you!!!!

    August 5, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  13. Casey

    I support public discourse and urge everyone to voice their opinion. But please do so in a respectful manner, without resorting to bullying and intimidation.

    August 5, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  14. vegage

    Of course republicans are behind all this circus. They oppose to reform the health care, they are always in favor of big interests, and they are using the conservative base to make their war against a reform that is needed urgently.

    August 5, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  15. Cindy PA

    It’s not hard to believe that the DNC does not understand when the America people revolt against the Democrats / liberals in Congress. Their health care plan is just another way for the teleprompter president and the tax cheating Democratic Congress to get their hands in our pockets. The teleprompter president his amateur hour administration have no real improvement for the American people. We have the DNC / Democratic Party in Congress driving this nation into bankruptcy.

    August 5, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  16. Bosworth

    Right, like organized liberal protest groups NEVER disrupted Republican events . . . . .

    I love it: Democrats have been linked in one way or another to YEARS of organized protest. But when THEY do it, it's called, "Free Speech Protest."

    When Republicans do it, CNN calls it: "inciting mobs."

    Give me a break. Your grossly biased partisanship is showing ....

    August 5, 2009 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  17. Douglas G. Wright

    In the old days it was called sedition and treason. They hung people for that. Now it's become an acceptable practice. It's called conservative.

    There's just not much that scares me anymore - certainly not hysteria drummed up by noisy liars and malefactors filled with hate. If they can find a more freedom loving, fun loving, life respecting nation somewhere else; let them go there. Don't try to overthrow this one, or try to make it fail. Let's try to make it work!

    August 5, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  18. Biased

    It seems as if the DNC might be inciting hatred here.

    August 5, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  19. Steve, Columbia SC

    The DNC needs to wake up and pay attention. It is more than just "rabid right wing extremists" that are not happy with the snake oil the Congress and President are trying to sell with the expansion of the government trough into every area of our lives.

    I am in charge of my life, my family's life. I am responsible for my wealth or lack of it, my success or lack of it, my health or lack of it, my retirement or lack of it, my finances or lack of it......................NOT MY GOVERNMENT.

    You just don't get it. This is a republic, we can speak our opinion, and you need to listen to your constituents more carefully.

    August 5, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  20. Ted

    Well excuse me for exercising my freedom of speech!
    If we're motivated to protest against Obama's and Pelosi's plans, then you'll just have to suck it up. No one told us to go, we want to go because we're fed up with you!!!
    If it was OK for us when we were hippies to protest the war, why isn't it ok to protest other things we know are wrong, like this farcical health care plan. Whiners! Thieves...Left wing of the Dem Party, trying to steal every right we have.

    August 5, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  21. phoenix86

    Funny, democrats will negotiate with terrorists (Billy boy is back from N. Korea), but won't talk with Americans about healthcare. Ironic.

    August 5, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  22. tom

    Nonsense, Obama is doing a pretty good job of deflating expectations. To suggest that the republicans are that organized is funny. I fear the next go around when the republicans win and they yell loud and clear...."We won, you lost, get over it" Those Dems sure are an arrogant bunch but they try to make you feel good with nice feel good messages.....Nice messages but they can't seem to solve problems without spending lots of money. Guess's our money they want to spend. Personally I could care less about party affiliation, I don't want to keep paying more money to help illegal immigrants get health care and provide more help to folks who won't help themselves. As I look around, we are still at war, we are still in Cuba, We are planning huge tax increases.....the only thing different than before is the huge TAX!!! Stupid is as stupid does!!

    August 5, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  23. Jeff Brown

    Let the GOP continue their stupid antics. They shoot themselves in the foot every time!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  24. Doug

    As a Democrat, who worked for the election of President Obama, this is stupid politics. People are more angry now having difficulty in paying their bills and trying to move on. I think the White House is leading this phony charge and they are making a huge mistake. O needs to get some real results not start the second civil war in America between the haves and the sinking o the middle class.

    August 5, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  25. Kathy Johnson

    This is ridiculous! I am the everyday average american. I work a full time job, I vote, I keep up with current events, but I am sick of the bickering. The fact is that the health care plan that is on the floor now is not a good plan. The costs are too high for a country so far in the red. I work in healthcare and I can appreciate the hardships of the uninsured, but more goverment is not the answer. There is already so much red-tape in health care that the more we add by implamenting new regulations and new guidelines the less doctors want to go through the hassel.

    August 5, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
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