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. Uncle Ellsworthy

    The democrats are a bunch of hypocrites. This is NOT mob incitement, this is a grass roots movement. That's what the democrats call it when they do it. In case they don't know it there are a lot of strong feelings against this plan out here. Personally I do not know a single person who is in favor of it.

    August 5, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. PAUL

    Now let me see. Isn't it the tradition of the Republican party to develop nasty tricks. These right wing Nazi type ideologues in the right wing of the REpublican Party would do almost anything to get theri point across even if it is illegal. It is too bad we have such a renegade party in our country.

    August 5, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Ron

    What comes around goes around...

    August 5, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Fernandez

    No party can tell me what to say or do. What worng with people disagreeing with the adminstration?. Is this still a democracy?
    DNC should take a look a tthe worlds largest democracy

    August 5, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Jerry Grunden

    The Repubs are incitng the racist part of their party. They are spreading fear among these people and trying to disrupt the new direction we need to head in.

    Southern Republicans are former Dixiecrats that do not like civil rights or healthcare for poorer Americans. They fled the Dem party in 64-65 when civil rights legislation was enacted.

    August 5, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Ben in Texas

    Funny, I didn't see anything in the GOP response stating that they weren't, in fact, inciting mobs to disrupt town hall meetings. Surely, they would have denied it if it weren't true.

    Heck, they'd deny it if it WERE true. After all, this is the party of Richard Nixon, who denied his part in Watergate, Ronald Reagan, who denied his part in Iran-Contra, and Bush/Cheney, who denied everything from lying to illegal surveillance to torture.

    They are the Party of No, and they take no responsibility.

    August 5, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Kris

    Why is the GOP rep not pointing out that this health care proposal is blatantly unconstitutional?

    August 5, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. New Age Democrat

    Not to take away from the problem with these kinds of tactics, the Dems have been doing the exact same thing for years. Just calling it like it is...

    August 5, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Doug, Seattle, WA

    How long before the Republicans finally realize that these tactics will no longer work!?

    The American public has come to realize that the Republicans and so-called Blue Dog Democrats represent the interests of large corporations, not their constituents!

    A single payer health care system can work when managed by capable and responsible people.

    I know the Bush administration went out of their way to reinforce the idea that government cannot get things done ... a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy if you will.

    The Democrats are clearly demonstrating that running our government with dedicated professionals who care about our country and society we can make our country great again!!!

    August 5, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    So, since the disapproval rate for this heathcare bill is at 50%, does the DNC actually expect us to believe there are no dems who are against this bill, that STILL has yet to be read by most of those who have a vote? Really, DNC, really?

    August 5, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Dee

    Unbelieveable! I guess the Democrats need SOMEONE to blame (of course it would be the Republicans), because they cannot fathom that Americans can actually THINK for themselves and comprehend just how BAD this health care reform bill really is. I truly cannot wait until the next congressional elections!

    August 5, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Jerry

    GOP = No new ideas. All they have is attack tactics and the American people know it.

    August 5, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. craig simpson

    The repubs are getting more desperate all the time. They have tried the scare tactics and failed so now they turn to the ultra radical fascist wing of their party to undermine Obama and the nation.

    The public is very aware of this tactic and will turn on the repubs.

    We remember that the repubs have no credibility any more. They are the party of lies, corruption and deceit. They are the party responsible for the Iraq war and the financial crisis.

    Yes, Americans will not forget the party of gwb.

    August 5, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Christian

    Get a grip DNC. You are so out of touch with public opinion right now, yet you dismiss a cold reality check as hysteria. People aren't in favor of this because you can not effectively communicate the finer points of the proposition, which leads them to believe you are pulling the wool over their eyes. And I have to believe since you are dodging all questions that require any level of specificity, that you are.
    I'd be screaming too. Call me an activist I guess. An activist for the United States of America.

    August 5, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Simmy

    GOP..........You are the worst.......You should be ashamed to call yourselves Americans........Stop inciting misguided individuals to keep biting off their noses to spite their faces......Insurance mobsters are not hurting themselves.......They are hurting your middle America moms and pops constituents that you are bussing to townhalls to yell and scream like hyenas at Democrats.......Pharma gansters are laughing at all of you all the way to the banks......

    August 5, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Illinois 2

    The GOP has been using allies to plant themselves in these townhall meetings to disrupt them. This is just exactly the type of behavior that can be expected from those that have had there way since 1994 and can't stand to have some other group in charge now...

    With all of the aforementioned being said, I too do not want the government being in charge of my health care or my insurance. We that have a group policy or private insurance would most likely see our care thrown into a government run program, which as we all know, do not run a smooth ship with medicare and medicaid.

    Thanks but no thanks.

    August 5, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Cyclex

    It is a mob when the republicans stand-up and disagree but it is a grass roots town hall discussion when it is democrats standing up and disagree.

    August 5, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    If the republicans dissent, it's called "inciting angry mobs".

    If the democrats dissent, it's called a "grass roots movement".


    August 5, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Little Hawk

    The GOP's scare tatics don't work especially when they have done nothing to decrease health care costs or manage the deficit. It's time that we let the government provide us with a health care option similar to the one that they run at the VA.

    August 5, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. southerncousin

    What are they called by the libs when they are from ACORN and the unions supporting Obama? Why did dear leaders Justice Dept. drop the charges against that black militant organization in Philadelphia for voter administration? Why are libs so hypocritical? Why has Nancy Pelosi not reported any results of Charlie Rangels tax cheating? Why has the state run media not followed up on any of these things?

    August 5, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Chris Phillips

    The Democrats just cannot fathom that people are angry with them. The Republicans are not inciting anything. If they had that kind of influence, you would have seen it during the elections. Instead, individual citizens are taking advantage of the opportunity when their representatives are home to make their voice heard. But, instead of listening to their constituents, the politicians are ignoring them and trivializing them. For those politicians, there is a reckoning coming in 2012.

    August 5, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. VinceCapece

    "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?" What about all the "extremists" who were in favor of science doing its job over the past 8 years? And what about all the underemployed over the past 8 years that the Republicans didn't care about? And the less than 30% of Americans who are NOT in favor of national healthcare are MORE important than the 71% who ARE in favor of it? That's being callous on the part of the Republicans.

    August 5, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. IQ test for all voters

    Typical republican response...they are after all the masters of spin!

    Another typical republican response will be to take all the fruits of Obamas efforts, all the positives of the recovering economy, all the savings they'll get with reformed healthcare and STILL complain, still point senseless, irrational fingers. They're just the PATHETIC result of the massive dumbing down of the american people.

    August 5, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. bradvado in boston

    oh PLEASE!

    Isn't it time the Republicans snuggle up to the table and start thinking about compromise and what is best for their constituents? i bet their image would be much improved (and they may even WIN a seat or two back) if they worked toward common good. What a notion....."for the common good."


    August 5, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. William Johnson

    We need to get rid of these worthless representatives NOW!

    I am angered by their callous ignoring of what the people have to say, and their arrogance in assuming that we the people are too stupid to listen to. I am not associated in any way with ANY organization, when has it become wrong for THE PEOPLE to address their so-called representatives? These idiots need to remember who elected them, and start actually representing US, instead of their special interests.

    August 5, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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