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Say What? Nancy Pelosi Answers Healthcare Protestors

"[They're] carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care."

— Nancy Pelosi questioned the legitimacy of people protesting healthcare reform yesterday. Those opposed to the reform proposed by Democratic lawmakers are carrying out protests inside townhall meetings being held by Democratic members of Congress in their home districts this Summer. The DNC has countered by releasing an ad that characterizes the "right-wing extremist Republican base" as an angry mob.

To see that ad, which hits back at the same protesters Nancy Pelosi refers to,


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Michelann Michelann 8 years
Genesis, I was under the impression that the idea of a town hall was for the representatives to hear what the people had to say. It's not just one more opportunity for them to give speeches. But some of them don't want to hear what the people have to say if those people disagree with them. Calling them a 'mob' is unnecessary and misleading. They are not destroying property, they are not hurting people, they are just trying to have their voices heard, because our President and many of our other representatives don't seem to want to hear them. They'd rather pretend dissent does not exist except in the form of lies and extremists, and that's obviously not the case.
mermei mermei 8 years
When Bush was president, dissent was the highest form of patriotism. Now that Obama's in charge, it's "how dare you disagree!" People should protest as loudly as they can at these meetings- maybe they can get through to some of these deaf-to-the-people congressmen and senators that this is a bad bill.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I agree with her that the mob is getting out of control, but it's not like all the loonies out there are Republicans. I don't understand why these people are going to these meetings when they don't want to listen to anything their rep has to say. Unless they can get up there and make a speech of their own it's not like their changing anyone's mind. It's just a waste of time.
amelioratelj amelioratelj 8 years
I agree that extremists are incredibly obnoxious, but they are found on both sides, not just Republican. And I'm sorry, Nancy Pelosi is so darn creepy. She just gives me the willies!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
She needs to step down with comments like that coming out of her mouth. I question the legitimacy of her qualifications to even represent the American people, much less open her big mouth to be speaker
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