Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois said Tuesday that the mainstream media was shielding the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests from criticism and accused President Obama of encouraging the demonstrators.
“Your profession, not you, but the media, has been protecting and boosting this Occupy Wall Street stuff ever since it began,” he told Fox Business host Eric Bolling. “And I’m tired of it.”
“It’s at the point now where it is trying to, attempting to disrupt the American way of life,” the tea party congressman continued. “That’s anti-American. Everything this little — and I’m not even going to call it a movement — as far as I’m concerned, it’s a well organized, well funded effort by far left anti-American folks who want to bring down what this country is all about.”
“And I’ll tell you what Eric, I think the Obama administration, I think a lot of Democrats had there hands on this and put their arms around it when it first started, they encouraged it . And this president, Eric, he’s encouraged class warfare. He’s encouraged Americans to go at it with other Americans.”
Walsh claimed the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters had a 14-point manifesto of demands. He appeared to be making reference to a proposed list of demands posted on the forum of the “Occupy Wall Street” website.
On Sunday, he said the protesters were “spoiled, pampered, unfocused, clueless young people” and that even veterans participating in the demonstrations were anti-American.
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