Fox Business host Stuart Varney said Tuesday that Barack Obama was turning the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters into his shock troops.
The comment came during a discussion of the month-long protest with Democratic Party political pollster Bernard Whitman.
“If you actually look at what Occupy Wall Street stands for, they stand for the things that most Americans actually believe in, which is Wall Street has too much influence, we ought to prosecute those responsible for the financial meltdown, the income gap between rich and poor has gone to high, and we ought to fund the jobs bill through a tax on the rich,” Whitman said.
“These people have made more money than anyone else during the economic downturn, and it’s time they pay a little bit more to help America get back to work,” he continued.
Varney responded by saying the demonstrations throughout the United States and across five continents represented the “far left” who only wanted “socialist policies.”
“They want to abolish the rich, for heaven-sake,” he added. “They want to tax them out of existence.”
Whitman retorted that Varney was only talking about a small proportion of more radical protesters.
“They put out a manifesto,” Varney said. “They want far left solutions to the nation’s problems. And the president is embracing the far left. He’s making them into Obama shock troops.”
The New York City General Assembly — the decision-making body for the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan — approved their first official statement, “Declaration of the Occupation,” in early October.
The document stated that “no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power,” and listed a number of grievances, such as efforts to eliminate union rights, animal cruelty, outsourced labor, discrimination in the workplace, student debt, and corporate personhood. It did not mention socialized medicine.
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