Republicans try 'vitriol' in debt debate by showing Affleck clip

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In a House caucus meeting this week, Republican leadership showed a clip from the Ben Affleck film “The Town” to rally their members in support of Speaker Boehner’s debt plan. However, the clip incites a sense of vitriol and shows unrestrained aggression, and raises serious questions about the appropriateness of using it as a motivational tool.

From that clip, here is the exchange between the two main characters just before they carry out a violent assault:

Ben Affleck: I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later. And we’re going to hurt some people.

Jeremy Renner: Whose car are we going to take?

During a press conference earlier today, Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz expressed her concern that showing the film during an official Republican meeting was inappropriate and misplaced:

When we set out to get our country's deficit problem in order and under control, we knew that it would be a difficult debate. But I don't think anyone anticipated that our disagreements would lead to the type of vitriol and negative tone that this clip was clearly meant to incite.

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