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. Joan

    It should be made clear before the meeting starts that only people who are there to sensibly debate the issues will be allowed to stay. Anyone who is there to only shout and scream and disrupt others from speaking should not be allowed to stay. Their agenda is quite clear. Speakers from both sides should be allowed to speak freely without interruption. The media is catching on to these groups of protestors and it does not look good on them. It could all backfire on the protestors as they are being seen as only obstructionists.

    August 5, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. Phil

    Your asking if I believe this was done? YOU BETCHA.

    August 5, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. Steve in Kentucky

    I personally would love to show up to town hall meetings to counter this pack of organized, mindless wing nuts. The Democrats need to start organizing counterdemonstrations as well as packs of demonstrators to go to Republican town hall meetings.

    August 5, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Andy J, NY, NY

    that's messed up.

    people voicing their concern... thousands of them... it they are "fake"

    yet when 20 anti-war protesters camp out to bash Bush, it gets news coverage for days. AND Bush defended the protesters' right to say what they were saying.

    The Obama administration comes out and says that these people are fakes and a "mob".

    You have got to be kidding me. You will see, come next election. This is no joke. Its no mob. Its real Americans who are going to take back our country from the internationalist, wealth redistributing progressive fascists.

    August 5, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. j williamson

    It made up of the same rent-a-mob crew that disrupted/halted the 2000 Florida vote re-count. Remember that folks? The so-called "concerned residents" turned out to be Republican staff members. What a desperate and scary bunch they are.

    August 5, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Rob

    If this is true which I doubt it is. Then good, how long has the democrats been doing this.....for YEARS!! So its about time, thats all ACRON is and nobody says anything aout that. I Hope this is true

    August 5, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. shucks

    And we didn't know this. If you were living under a Bush (pardon the pun) over the last 6 months you might not know this. Republicans are bullies. They are inciting as much hatred as possible. They are unstable and by their words and actions have proven their hatred many times over. They are bent on dividing the country and Americans as much as possible. Religion and guns. They same republican moniker that has been passed on for years. Nothing has changed, exept we have a black president and it is just eating these people alive. We are either going to have to listen to this for the next 8 years. The republicans are already starting to sound like Charlie Brown's teacher.

    August 5, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. John, Black citizen

    The only people making noise about the Prez is the GOP but they have nothing to offer to get the country moving again. Because the GOP has offer nothing but noise and crap, the voters will say, "At lease Obama tried" and the GOP just sit back and complained. Who do you want? A doer or a do-nothing?

    August 5, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. Matt

    What a crock!

    Whining democrats!

    A Vast Right Wing Conspiracy!!

    Typical. Always the Victim Party aren't we???

    August 5, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. Jenn, Philadelphia

    So, Liberal groups like MoveOn and ACORN can organize protests, bu Conservatives can't? That's what I like about Democrats, their fair-mindedness and belief in equality. And if the Democrats think these people are "mobs", they've never seen an ActUp demonstration.

    August 5, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  11. Will H

    Is the DNC serious? These kind of politics scare me.

    August 5, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. lulu

    Dear Democrat Leaders:

    I'm confused. During the presidential campaign, didn't Obama tell people to "get in their faces"? Didn't he pull out all stops aided by ACORN and

    And now you're telling people to shut up and sit down like Pelosi did with Hillary Clinton during her campaign run?

    Keep on pushing these massive bills because you ain't seen nothing yet.

    August 5, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. scott

    Sadly brings back flashes of the RNC Sponsored Palin Rallies and crowds yelling "kill him" and other Horrific things...all the while Republican Palin smiling away ear to ear. I Honestly feel the RNC has an Intense Hatred of Obama....its really sad. Fear is a Powerful way to confuse people and that along with "NO" to everything he's trying to do is all they've got. I've become more pushed to the left as a result

    August 5, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Mark of Saint Louis

    Wake up people, these are not angry mobs. They aren't being paid for showing up. They are not extremists. Leftist propaganda.

    August 5, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  15. Tom Paine

    By "angry mobs" does the DNC mean angy voters who are tired of the constant baloney being served by Obama and Pelosi?

    August 5, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. Larry

    I believe it. Republican congressmen are heavily on the take from the healthcare/insurance industries. That's why Republicans keep saying the status quo is good and fight health care reform. I had no idea how corrupt the Republican party is until health care reform came around.

    They have good health care that is paid for by us. What do they care about us.

    August 5, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. joe

    Why are the Dem's so stubborn – maybe the anger and frustrations are warranted, maybe they should take a breath and actually think about what American's want instead of looking to blame someone or some party – they have become the party of blame. Everything was Bush's fault and now it is the GOP. We are all losing confidence in that type of leadership.

    August 5, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  18. Heidi Macumber

    I will be attending a TEA Party today. No one is forcing me to attend; no one is busing me to the event. It's just that I am very concerned about where our country is headed and I want to join in anything I can to put a stop to it, and NOW!

    August 5, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. joco, NH

    The groups that are being set up are disgusting – but, because we are the United States of America, they can exist. Ironically, when the former president was in office these things were not allowed or they became victims of wiring.
    The evolution of the Republican party has been disgusting and leans more toward socialist tendencies then any democratic group. This is not Abe Lincoln's party anymore!
    That being said – when it comes to our goverment – there needs to be compromise across the aisle. Our new president has reached out more and more and is rewarded by constant slaps in the face. I'm to the point where I hope the dems start strong arming and forcing the republicans to behave. That seems to be the only way to get things done.

    August 5, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. Independant voter

    What happened to the quardoned off free speech areas we had under Bush?

    August 5, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. Michael in Houston

    I predict the GOP talking wackos and their freakshows will be having a field day today on their shows across the country ripping President Clinton in some sort of fashion over his bringing these two journalists home. You watch and listen....they will see this as a stunt, as an act of something deplorable and will probably throw in some accusation of treason along the way.

    August 5, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. Sarah

    The guy who is behind organizing all these is a disgraced former hospital executive who defrauded the government out of billions. Do you think he really gives two hoots about what is right for the American people or is he out for a little revenge. They are using the same PR firm in charge of the swift boating using BLATANT lies. They are just using these undereducated racists for their own purposes and could care less if they were lying dead out in the street. Stupid sheep.

    August 5, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. DSH

    The Dems are right. The GOP is digging itself a big ugly hole. They can't crawl into it fast enough for me! Bush promoted the transformation of the GOP into what former Republican strategist Kevin Phillips calls "the first religious party in U.S. history”. The GOP supported Bush's backward thinking (outwardly hostile to science) and his failure to deal with huge economic distortions which got us in this mess....and now the GOP are no better than a lynch mob? They need a new PR director, among other things.

    August 5, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  24. PJ

    Republicans are intent on making sure the government stops. Witness their attempt to stop the Town Hall meetings by gang of hecklers. The party of NO in trying to keep us citizens from being represented by our representative. It is not enough that they want Obama to fail and thus the rest of the country, they want to make sure they are heard over everyone else. That is so un-american. Shame on you conservatives.

    August 5, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. Deborah/Kansas City

    I saw proof that many of the people were bussed in a paid by a lobby group to disrput the meetings. Maybe the RNC didn't do it but their lobby group did. When you watch the replay of the event, it does appear that the group of people just shouted down anyone who tried to speak and were not interested in a discussion about anything.

    Americans should have a chance to ask real questions and have them answered; not be shouted down by paid groups of distruptors, who just want to kill any chance for change, in our healthcare system.

    August 5, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
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