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. jaye

    The GOP is inciting hate and spreading lies – they will stop at nothing to eliminate our Presidents agenda for our country....and the idiots at fox news are leading the pack.

    August 5, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. tom

    my god Washinton is so FUBAR. Let me state for the record my anger stems from a poor plan, from a poor leader, with no details on how to pay for it (aside from raising my taxes) and I am completly against my government being in any buisness; especially when they can't make Amtrak work, or medicare, Medicaid, SS, cash for clunkers and I guess we'll see how Government Motors works out...

    August 5, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. jp,michigan

    All you have to do is watch C-SPAN, during the session of the Energy and Commerce committee meeting. Anthony Wiener and Waxman made it very clear they intend to push on the floor of the House ( with Pelosi blessing) a full bill pushing for One Payer System (Universal Health) Elimination of Medicare Eligibility Under Parts B, C, D.

    August 5, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. NJ

    – Telling old people the government is going to trick them into signing their lives away.
    – Scaring people into believing that "the socialists" are out to take away their rights.
    – Telling people Obama wasn't born in the US and has presented a fake birth certificate.
    – Rounding up mobs of rable and busing them to town hall meeting so they can intentionally disrupt.

    Excuse me right-wingers....but if you actually have a point....why do you have to lie so bad?

    August 5, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Jim

    I'm sorry but I just don't see Republicans working the health insurance problems we face. All I see is them trying to stop it. They had eight years to work on this problem (and the deficit by the way) and not a word was mentioned about it. So why should we think they actually care about it now?

    August 5, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. Matt

    This is nonsense. I am a Democrat. And I don't want this plan. 80% of us should run away from this and demand that we debate on the very merits of any plan before anyone votes on this. This is odd that we are voting in way too many items way too fast without knowing the consequences of the proposal. If you haven't read the bill, why are you so ancious in having this passed????

    August 5, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Kelli

    I am ashamed to call myself a Republican, after seeing how these people behave.

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

    Yes he did act stupidly. I think the president should never comment on local matters especially when he does not have all of the facts. He really needs to start thinking before he speaks. I feel the same way about the proposals that he has made ( cash for clunkers ) . He doesn't think things through.

    August 5, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. JonDie

    "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..."

    What do the Democrats expect? The Republican Party is controlled by a small number of radical right wing extremists like Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele and Dick Cheney.

    August 5, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. Brian

    Such tactics are what the failed Republican Party has sunk too; it is now a dangerous, morally bankrupt organization.

    August 5, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. Obama is a Disaster

    If this were one bit true, it would only be further evidence that Republicans are finally learning – fight fire with fire.

    August 5, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. George Washington

    So everyone that disagrees with O'Bamma is part of an angry mob? Maybe if we had an objective Media with Journalists they could find something wrong with this propaganda. Maybe it is the Media that we need to get rid of. It is the right of people who disagree with the government to voice their opinion.

    This reminds me of Hitler lining up the Jews to go to the gas chambers. Maybe if someone had mentioned that was not such a good idea, it would not have occurred. This is what happens when you have facist communists running the government.

    August 5, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Laura

    I absolutely can not believe the accusation by the Democratic party! We are REAL people who have REAL concerns about the proposed healthcare reform! Personally, my husband and I are every day middle-class Americans. I happen to also be an RN. I feel (and many of those I work with state the same) that the less government involvement in healthcare and our healthcare choices....The Better! What is being proposed will dearly cost the taxpayer (though they will lie to you at first and say it won't just to gain support!), it takes away personal choices concerning our health, and it will diminish the quality of care you receive. This is NOT reform!

    August 5, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    Thank you Gail Gitcho... excellent way of telling those who pay attention..exactly what is going on here. This just shows how much American's are losing their own Democratic process. We express mass concern, and we are right wing extremists? Obama is more threatened by Patriots than he is by IRAN. He is willing to engage them, 'stick a feather in his cap and call it diplomacy'.

    We have a right to be heard. Next we can expect an overwhelming police presence at the meetings, with camera's rolling in a new wave of leftist propaganda. Only Stalin was a better master of propaganda that Obama's administration.

    We know what Freedom is... and We will Keep it ..thank you very much!!

    August 5, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. SkiDoc

    Love the lib logic – if Acorn gets out and organizes dead people to sign up as Democrats, its "democracy in action" – but if citizens are encouraged by legislators to express their opposition to an unecessary health bill that will increase the national budget by a sixth, its "mob rule." This is Orwellian: "All citizens are equal, but some are MORE equal than others."

    August 5, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. Expat American

    The strategy of inciting mobs began with McCain's pick of Palin. However, I don't think the McCain campaign nor the GOP expected the global media to pick up on it as much as they did. The small town ignorance expressed by the countless mobs of uneducated bigots who never strayed within 10 miles of their place of birth was put on display for all of the world to see. The educated world laughed at Republicans, at Palin, at her ChriSSt Nazi supporters and at the old fool John McCain for choosing her. Republicans have changed their white sheets, torches, ropes, and pitchforks for business suits and blackberries – they just need some of their supporters to carry out their new mob strategy and party ideology.

    August 5, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  17. Brian- Palm Bay, FL

    Talk about your head in the sand. Right wing extremists??? They look like normal people who are pretty ticked the Government has squandered the wealth of the nation and now want to run us even deeper into debt while taking control of our health care. I thought Dems wanted the Governments hands off our bodies. I guess that is just if you're black professor or looking to kill an unborn baby. If understanding this looming health care fiasco is an albatross around our countries neck and opposing it makes you a right wing extremist then count me in.

    August 5, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  18. crazyqualityguy

    What about all the crazy libs that shut down Tancredo and UNC chapel hill, or other tactics. It is ok for them to be heard but not normal Americans. Come on, report the truth.

    August 5, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. ldk

    This is garbage. The socialist policies of the congress and obama administration are the ONLY things inciting we the people. Congress refuses to listen to our e-mail, letters, faxes, calls, pleas, and cries. Now they will face angry mobs. We the people are fed up and we are coming.

    August 5, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. Joe

    The Democrats accused the Republicans of being out of touch with society...look what happens now that they are in power.

    August 5, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. joe

    8 years of the Dems completely bashing the repubs was okay, but now it's wrong to do it to the Obama administration? Hyprocritical stuff like this is why the Independants are running away from the Reds in droves.

    They need to get their act together or it's all over come 2010. The Democrats have the ball...why are they fumbling?

    August 5, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Laura

    The Democratic party is completely out of touch with the American public. They can go to any newspaper website and read the same comments by many other everyday American's. REAL people! Their accusation that we are associated with special interest groups...etc....Is absolutely insulting!!

    August 5, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. Welcome to The BoBo Show

    Ummm.......What like ACORN this is called community organizing which The Clown Obama knows a ton about. Look at it like ACORN only they are not looking for free handouts

    August 5, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  24. RRR

    I agree with the DNC.......this same thing happened at the McCain-Palin rallies last shameful and Un-American it was for people to be yelling 'Communist' and 'Socialist' at a U.S. political rally! Using the well known power of innuendo.....these far-right extremists are doing everything they can to stop a discussion of health care reform. These reforms are still under discussion and no set in stone final plan has emerged. Is the GOP's plan just 'business as usual'.....and the millions who do not have health care will continue to not have health care? Is the GOP so 'out of touch' that THEY cannot see this current situation is driving the deficit larger every year and has to be addressed?
    Once again the GOP believes burying their heads in the sand will absolve them from any blame, and make any problem just 'disappear'......wrong!

    August 5, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. James

    It's obvious what's happenning. The insurance companies, the right wing extremists, Rush Limbaugh. These mobs, nothing they say really makes sense.

    I wonder if they were paid to do it.

    August 5, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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