The most unhinged reactions to Occupy Wall Street come from, not surprisingly, conservative commentators and politicians. Whether it's Glenn Beck warning that the protesters are not to be trusted and could actually kill someone or Congressman Peter King remarking that the movement is made up of "anarchists," the movement is the subject of ire for many. So much so, that their statements seem...totally crazy. I've collected some of the biggest unhinged Occupy Wall Street reactions, complete with videos and audio, here. Now, it's up to you to decide which reactions are the most disturbing, so vote!On the flip side, the movement has also produced some pretty awesome Occupy Wall Street video interviews from demonstrators out in the streets to social leaders and journalists, to those who simply want to support the cause. Those who are out marching in various protests (aka the '99 percent') are also wielding some pretty nifty and entertaining Occupy Wall Street signs to hammer home their point and explain why they're involved in the demonstrations.
Glenn Beck: Protesters Will 'Kill Everybody'
Now you just knew Glenn Beck was going to be on a list that included the word "unhinged," right? Absolutely. The conservative radio commentator is predicting total doom, gloom and destruction by the masses protesting with Occupy Wall Street. On his radio show on October 10, 2011, Beck expressed his concern that the movement is dangerous and can't be controlled. He warned politicians and capitalists not to trust anyone associated with Occupy Wall Street, because they might be killed by the masses in the streets. No lie, that's exactly what he said. Here's a quote:
Capitalists, if you think that you can play footsies with these people, you're wrong. They will come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you...they're Marxist radicals...these guys are worse than Robespierre from the French Revolution...they'll kill everybody.
Here's a clip from the show:
Newt Gingrich: Protesters are Stupid
Newt Gingrich is definitely getting into the act where Occupy Wall Street is concerned. He remarked on CBS' 'Face the Nation' that OWS protesters were "the natural outcome of a bad education system and teaching them really dumb ideas." Gingrich went on to add that the Occupy Wall Street movement "is the natural product of Obama's class warfare." Gingrich also echoed Herman Cain's comments that protesters are jealous of those who have jobs.
Herman Cain: Protesters Un-American
Occupy Wall Street protesters are "un-American," at least according to Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. In an interview with the Associated Press on October 5, 2011, Cain addressed the movement, saying that protesters shouldn't rally against Wall Street because workers there are "the ones who create the jobs."
Cain also told the 'Wall Street Journal' that he absolutely thinks the protests are a ruse "to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration" - though he admitted that he didn't "have facts to back this up."
As the Occupy Wall Street movement gains steam, Cain comments more. And each comment seems even more unhinged than the last. Case in point: During an appearance on CBS' 'Face the Nation,' Cain called OWS protesters "jealous" people who are "playing the victim card."
The '53 Percent' Response
In response to Occupy Wall Street's 99 percent, conservatives have launched their own campaign of sorts. The "We Are the 53 Percent" Tumblr popped up online in October of 2011. The 53 percent part, in case you were wondering, comes from the idea that just 53 percent of Americans actually pay federal income taxes.
This group maintains that the Occupy Wall Street protesters aren't taking personal responsibility for their financial problems. "We Are the 53 Percent" creator Erick Erickson says on the site:
Suck it up you whiners. I am the 53 percent subsidizing you so you can hang out on Wall Street and complain.Among the people posting on Tumblr: those who admit they've accepted government help (in the form of food stamps, special grants or loans for college). Interesting, no? Like it or not, they ARE among the 99 percent. They fail to realize that many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters are out taking a stand to try and fix things!