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. floridabob

    Even though I am in the over 50 category, I support drastic Healthcare changes. The reason most of the support for Obama's plan is under the age of 50, is simply they know that their futures are dependent on an effective solution to a huge and growiing problem. Being a retired business person, I know that in order to reap future rewards, in this case control of Healthcare costs, investments have to be made now.

    August 5, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Alan

    Where was the outrage by the media and the Dems when these "mobs" were attacking Bush, Cheney, and others of the Bush Adm.

    Take note: These "mobs" are voters. See what happened to the Republicans when they ignored the protests.

    August 5, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. al/Alabama

    So, the disruptive spirit of Palin lives on. Apparently the RNC likes and encourages this type of behavior. Whatever happened to disagreeing without being disagreeable?

    August 5, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. John

    Republicans doing what they do best. Scaring people and distraction from facts. Just swiftboating again.
    Will Americans fall for it again? Hopefully not.

    August 5, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. J.P.

    Welcome to politics... we got angry left-wing "mobs" during the Bush administration. We now get angry right-wing "mobs" during the Obushma administration.

    Once again, the Democratic and Republican parties prove to be the true cancers on American society.

    August 5, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Marc

    There are still people that believes that the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' are a proof of the 'danger' the Jews represent to the whole world. There are still people who don't believe in the NASA and scientific community and calls Neil Armstrong a great hoax. There are still people that believes that the Earth is flat. There are the birthers...
    Reasonability doesn't works with them, period.
    If they are gathering all around in order to disrupt any attempt of a serious conversation about the Health Care System, with or without Reform, and the GOP is somehow and someway helping them on that matter... it's more than 'Shame on you GOP', it's an attack on democracy.
    But if the Dems are just using scare and fearmonger tactics then the attack on Democracy comes from their side.

    August 5, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. T KS

    There are so many derogatory words that I could use to describe these people and their actions, but I say ignore them. They aren't interested in acting like adults so treat them like unruly children. I do wonder why none of these people have been arrested for disorderly conduct. Their behavior sure seems to meet the criteria.

    August 5, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Roger

    Been saying for years the only difference between Republicans and Nazis is Republicans don't wear brown shirts.

    August 5, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Onenine

    I have no problem with Republicans being against President Obama's health plan but what I can't figure out and maybe someone can help me is what are the Republicans proposing. It seems they are running negative ads but offering no solution as if health care is fine the way it is.

    Do on to others as you would have them do on to you...Are we not deserving of the same health care coverage as OUR congress?

    August 5, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Even a cold, practical analysis of the fear-mongering reveals it makes little sense strategically. Remember how the last Presidential election turned out despite all the inflammatory "He's a terrorist/socialist/illegal alien" rhetoric? Maybe the right wing should re-think how this disruptive anger schtick is going to play with the centrists and independents, who will REALLY decide the next few elections. Remember how the other guys won big-time? The scare tactic approach to manipulating the electorate is a foolish strategy that will simply backfire with all those voters who don’t buy the “real America” business.

    August 5, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. th

    The American people are already paying for those that don't have health care. When someone without health cannot afford to go to the Doctor, they wait until their illness is serious and end up going to the emergency rooms, which cost a lot more money.

    Prevention is better and cheaper.

    August 5, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Randolph Carter

    You can tell the republicans are scared. That means we're on the right track. Unfortunately, their fear has spread to the easily misled base who, yet again, have been cowed by fear into acting against their own best interests. Twas ever thus. Have a nice day!

    August 5, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. Rush Goebbels

    Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the AM radio jihadist and followers that listen to them are behind this movement.Limbaugh called for violence at the DNC convention last year but quickly retracted it when told by snerdly he could be jailed for inciting a riot.Now he takes a more subtle approach in his wording,but I think the intent is there.I cant wait till he is jailed for tax cheating,and I hope they use the Rico Act against him also.

    August 5, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. Bob C

    Dear Republicans and Democrats,
    If you have constructive criticism as to how to improve health care and reduce costs, please feel free to voice your opinions. We certainly need to work hard together to improve the current system. However, if you are going to act as shills for the health insurance industry and disrupt meaningful debate over this important and complex matter, you are not voicing your opinions, you are prostitutes. As for Ms. Gitcho, you are intellectually dishonest and a liar.

    August 5, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. David

    When the republicans do it, its called inciting a mob, when the democrats do it, its called the finest tradition of free speech.

    August 5, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Mitch

    I guess she hasn't read the latest polls that show more Americans support this than oppose. Where is the opposition? Gullible old folks who listen to Rush, think Fox News is actually news and can't understand the internet enough to realize this won't hurt them. But when the GOP say this will be a plan like England where they're told when to die....yeah, that's a bit idiotic.

    Why do Republicans worship ignorance so much???

    August 5, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Get Ready for It...It's Coming

    The DNC will find out just how angry people are in 2010.

    August 5, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. barnhardt in NC

    We hear it all the time on right wing hate radio: "These people must be stopped!" For most people it's just a rallying cry, but for those who have a screw loose it's a call to arms that often turns out tragic. Domestic terrorism is almost entirely from the right these days, and the cheerleaders of the lunatic fringe have emerged from parks and street cornbers and now have audiences of millions on the radio and TV.

    August 5, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Kyle

    You are joing right? The dems want to realease a video condeming the actions of the RNC one day after they tried to get a video questioning the health care plan removed from the internet – hypocrisy anyone?

    August 5, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Torin

    Many Americans – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – have legitimate questions concerning the bills being debated in Congress to reform health care in this country. These questions should be debated in Congress, town halls, in the media, and among our citizens. But viciously shouting down proponents of health care reform with no purpose other than disrupt a discussion of the issues is reckless, callous and malicious. Republicans that support this type response to the public debate on health care reform only seek to muffle debate and not promote it. Most Americans, however, understand the importance of this debate and will eschew the right-wing rhetoric.

    August 5, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Christian

    HAHAHA. Laughable.
    Democrats – snap out of it and start governing by public opinion and not your own extreme agenda. If the people aren't for it, it shouldn't be so, no matter how much you feel its the right thing to do.
    I love how when the same thing happens with Acorn, no one calls them activists. They are just concerned citizens.
    What's an activist anyways? Just because the media or a liberal paints you as an activist, does it mean your opinion is invalid?

    August 5, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. Common Sense

    Show us an Alternative!

    Republicans are great at "Saying Know", "Calling Names (Socialist)", "Road Blocking", "Slowing Progess/Process Down",

    But when are they going to show us some Alternatives?

    Health Care WILL be reformed.....That's a giving but where are the Republican Points of interest?

    Competition is Always Good in Capitalism so Why is it so Bad when the Private Insurance Companies have to compete with the Government?

    Sound to me like the Insurance Companies are going to have to provide More Coverage for a More Competitive Cost!

    What's wrong with this?

    August 5, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. IndependentfromTexas

    Hello GOP.. You have lost me entirely. It will take a real convincing to get me back. I am sick of hate coming from this party. I cannot believe as a fiscal conservative to abandon my party, but I am done. I have will take higher taxes than hate anytime. Goodbye. Sick of GOP.

    August 5, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. Marty, FL

    These outside groups should be exposed for what they really are. Instead of so-called grass roots, these are fringes incited from right-wing lobbyist groups, such as FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity. It is a funded ploy by greedy insurance interests against real health-care reforms for Americans.

    Shame on you, GOP!

    These mobs are eerily similar to Palin rallies and teabaggers. Video should be released again to expose their deplorable actions so that Americans can return to more constructive discussions on health care.

    August 5, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. Kyle

    You are joking right? The dems want to realease a video condeming the actions of the RNC one day after they demanded that a video questioning the health care plan should be removed from the internet – hypocrisy anyone?

    August 5, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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