GOP use of Ben Affleck movie clip riles Dems
July 27th, 2011
02:44 PM ET
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GOP use of Ben Affleck movie clip riles Dems

Washington, D.C. (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee went after Republicans for using a violent movie clip to incite unity at a House Conference meeting Tuesday.

In the scene, from "The Town," actors Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner hold a short pep talk, where one tells the other that he needs his help as they go "hurt some people." They then drive off to an apartment and bludgeon two men.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the use of the clip a "sad metaphor" of how Republicans have acted during negotiations to raise the debt ceiling.

"They could have used 'Hoosiers,' 'Rudy' or 'Band of Brothers'," Wasserman Schultz said in a press conference Wednesday. "But this was the choice they made."

Affleck, who also wrote and directed "The Town," responded to the incident Wednesday from Turkey, where he's working on his next movie, "Argo."

"I don't know if this is a compliment or the ultimate repudiation– but if they're going to be watching movies, I think 'The Company Men' is more appropriate," Affleck said in a statement.

In 2010's "The Company Men," Affleck stars as a white-collar worker who loses his job when the recession forces his corporation to downsize.

The Florida congresswoman interpreted Tuesday's movie clip as Republicans wanting to hurt either the Democrats and President Obama in the debt talks–or the American people through entitlement cuts.

"Now is the time for compromise, not for pain," Wasserman Schultz said.

Republicans, meanwhile, brushed off the attacks and said the DNC is focused on the wrong issue.

"With our country in the midst of a debt crisis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz should spend more time pushing her president to put forth a debt ceiling plan and less time holding press conferences about movies," said Kirsten Kukowski, press secretary for the Republican National Committee.

Schultz was joined by Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, who said Americans deserve better behavior among lawmakers.

But when asked by a reporter if Democrats had ever shown violent movies to "fire up the troops," Clyburn recalled a time when "Braveheart" was shown at a caucus meeting after Republicans took over the House majority.

Clyburn said the clip was used "as a metaphor for us maintaining our own faith in the process."

soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Kathleen

    So.... even after Norway violence is acceptable as a fund raiser?

    July 27, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. gop

    Thank god for the GOP. Otherwise i would be wasting more of my tax dollars on you worthless people. Sure you clean my house, and shine my shoes, but that doesnt mean i have to pay all you bills

    July 27, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Cole and your criticism of Wasserman-Schultz: You just proved that your party doesn't have any ideas; otherwise, you'd come up with a more mature comment.

    See, that's the trouble with these Republicans: They are a bunch of sniveling, little children, hell-bent on tearing our country down in their quest to make President Obama a one-term president, regardless of the damage it does to the US and her people.

    GOP = Pathetic, disgusting bunch of bottom-feeders.

    July 27, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. fidgetwidget

    I hope strongly that the American People will remember the juvenile actions of the republibrats in 2012. I fail to understand why the senior redumblicans in the House haven't stood up and smacked down the tea baggers for the brats they are. The members of the House have done more damage to this country in less than two years than has been done in the last 20 years. The actions of Congress as as whole have proven that NONE OF THEM, NOT A SINGLE ONE, has any intention now or ever had any intention of looking out for the best interests of Middle America. Please, people, kick the brats out in 2010 – please, please please....

    July 27, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @dem rhetoric is ridiculous: "Cap and balance" is just another non-sensical soundbite that idiots like you fall for.

    Our country has raised the debt ceiling 102 times in its history, including 17 times under your St. Reagan, 5 times under GWH Bush, 4 times under Clinton and 5 times under Bush.

    Were you as upset all those times as you are now? Were you complaining when Bush took us into two unfunded wars and pushed through Medicare Part D, which was also not paid for? Were you complaining when Bush's policies of cutting taxes during wartime – unprecedented in our nation's history – took the Clinton surplus and turned it into a deficit – or did you agree with Cheney in 2004 that "deficits don't matter"?

    Just wondering, bucko, because, frankly I'm sick and tired of people like you and the GOP you obviously don't give a flying rat's patootie about the long-term prosperity of our country and care only about making sure the rich continue to suck our country dry!

    July 27, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Deidre

    Listen to yourselves. You are every bit as partisan and vile as the very ones you are railing about just because of a freaking movie? Can you be any more absurd?

    July 27, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @gop: I hope you were being sarcastic, or were you including veterans, seniors and the disabled on your list of "worthless people"?

    July 27, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. JackT

    First off, I click my mind off immediately as soon as I see someone with two last names, whether male or female. But, I read on because I am a movie buff and that caught my eye.

    But, this is EXACTLY why voters and citizens are SOOO angry with these fools in D.C. Acting like 3rd Graders, fighting over a movie clip!!!!!!

    The United States is falling apart, National Debt Issues, Budget issues, Trade deficit, etc.

    These 535 people in D.C. have sold off our Manufacturing to China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Viet Nam, etc. Sold off our High Tech to India. Sold off our Low Tech to Mexico and South America. Allowed Illegal Aliens to FLOOD our economy, taking Blue Collar jobs, Bailed out the wealthiest banks and insurance companies in the WORLD. And, she is fighting over a FRIGGIN' MOVIE CLIP!!!!!!! IF I had her here, I would go Norwegian on her, the stupid Housewife!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time for armed insurection to take our country back. She is a good place to start!!!!!

    July 27, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Oregon

    @ Jason: Are you joking? It's exactly that type of talk that exasperates this situation. That Gang of Six plan stemmed from a bipartisan commission that Obama created. It offered almost 5 trillion in debt relief and is the best deal we've seen so far. Who pulled away from it? Boehner...after pressure from the ultra conservative wing of his party. Wake up dude, you can't just bury your head in the sand and tout some pretend reality. Even if Obama "moved the goalposts" breaking off talks on that deal is the single most irresponsible thing that's happened in this entire saga, and that was the Republicans, period.

    July 27, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. buckup

    that stench in the white house
    it is nixon, never goes away
    still not a crook with a solid presidential pardon.

    July 27, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Mike in SA

    Please, if this woman wasn't whining about something she would never take a breathe. All she does is whine and spend her day making mountains out of molehills. How about doing some real work Debbie? You know...since we're paying you and all.

    July 27, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. gracie

    i am so sick of the the repubs and t baggers. i guess they won't stop until they incite more senseless violence...

    July 27, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Nojo

    "..her president"?? I'm sorry but he's your President too Ms Kukoski, whether you and your cronies like it or not. Sheesh, talk about feeding the partisan beast!

    July 27, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. oleoleo

    There are a good number of Republicans who have no shame in portraying themselves as goons. Good on you Republicans for showing your true colors. McCarthy would have been proud.

    July 27, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Sharon Samson

    The pig GOP is probably behind the Giffords shooting. There is no cess pool too low for them not to enter.

    July 27, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |

    Why do Republicans hate the US?

    July 27, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Bob

    To those who think this is not a big deal, consider this: I attended a public forum presented by my congressman on Saturday. One of the T-party people told me he would kill a police officer if he had to. He also said that in the upcoming civil war the intellectuals would be the first to die. I guess he doesn't think his friends are very smart. The point is that these images can push people over the limit CAUSING them to kill people. Just as Glenn Beck has done. Responsible members of congress would ask their supporters to calm down the rhetoric. I don't see the Republicans doing that. And that is exactly why we need to tax their rich supporters to the point of not being able to buy these very same politicians. Yes, it is the wealthy that are causing the problems. Tax them out of existence.

    July 27, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Rus

    I think we can all agree, that anytime you watch a Ben Affleck movie, it's probably a wrong choice.

    July 27, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Oregon

    @ dem rhetoric is ridiculous:

    Cut, cap, and balance is not a good plan. It has no chance of passing (this is not what makes it a bad plan). Obama should have blasted holes in that joke of a symbolic bill when he had the chance.

    July 27, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Vader

    Really? This is what you choose to spend your time on Ms Wasserman Schultz?

    July 27, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |

    @The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz shall from this day forth be known as "Horse Face". Though she usually acts like the other end....

    July 27, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |

    Wow. How old are you?

    July 27, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. p

    If I wasn't already a dem I would be now. Playing Braveheart is awesome.

    July 27, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Bob

    Tax the rich. Tax them to death. And when they die, tax them some more.

    July 27, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Romin63

    Lawd...don't they know about Affleck's political views? Have they watched Dogma or his (fabulous) rant in Good Will Hunting? Who does these people's research...Dora the Albino Monkey? I'd offered my professional services, but I don't do Republican.

    July 27, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Jon

    Maybe all of these idiots should be focusing on something more substantial than movies at the moment, doncha think? I can't stand to hear any of these self-serving goofballs on either side of the aisle bicker anymore. Throw out the lot of them!!!

    July 27, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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