Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillDem 2020 hopefuls lead pack in opposing Trump Cabinet picks Manchin: Sanders backers should challenge me in Dem primary The DNC in the age of Trump: 5 things the new chairman needs to do MORE (Mo.) on Friday rejected her party leadership's characterization of healthcare town halls as outbursts of phony outrage abetted by special interest groups.

McCaskill, who is a centrist Democrat, tweeted:
Real grassroots on both sides of the healthcare issue, both sides organizing. Yay to both, yay for democracy,hope both are civil and polite.

She also tweeted yesterday:
I disagree that the people showing concern over some healthcare proposals are "manufactured" Real folks, strong opinions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called protests against healthcare reform legislation at district town halls "astroturf," implying they are not truly representative of the "grassroots."

The Democratic National Committee also blamed Republicans and special interest groups for inciting "angry mobs" of "rabid right wing extremists" at the local meetings.

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