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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."
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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!
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Michelle Malkin: Protesters are Non-Diverse
Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin questions whether the so-called '99 percent' is actually representative of America's minorities. In an early-October 2011 interview, Malkin addressed the Occupy Wall Street movement, saying that the protesters are "mostly white." In fact, Malkin went on to say in an email that "When Occupy Wall Street activists call themselves the ‘99 percent,’ it turns out they mean 99 percent non-diverse (by their own politically correct measurements)."
Is diversity an actual problem in the movement? Are minorities truly under-represented among the Occupy Wall Street protesters? Patrick Bruner of OccupyWallSt.org told The Daily Caller that while the group doesn't have actual hard diversity statistics, "I can tell you that we’re not all white, and that we also have a huge LGBT [Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender] population."
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Rep. Peter King: 'Mobs and Anarchists'
New York Congressman Peter King called the Occupy Wall Street protesters anarchists and a "ragtag mob" in a radio interview on 'The Laura Ingraham Show.' The Republican representative from Long Island expressed concern that the movement (and the coverage of it) will shape U.S. government policy, noting that, "We have to be careful not to allow this to get any legitimacy." King is worried that coverage of Occupy Wall Street and the movement itself will shape government policy. God forbid.
The fact is these people are anarchists. They have no idea what they're doing out there.They have no sense of purpose other than a basically anti-American tone and anti-capitalist. It's a ragtag mob basically.
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Sean Hannity: Protesters Sound LIke 'Skinhead Nazi Psychos'
During a November 9, 2011, segment on "The Sean Hannity Show" on Premiere Radio Networks, host Sean Hannity played a number of anti-Zionist or anti-Semitic quotes from Occupy Wall Street protesters. Included were clips in which individuals referred to the Zionists who controlled the banks, and railed against the superiority of the Jewish people, who allegedly see themselves as inherently better than everyone else. ("This," one protester says, "is what it means to be a Jew.")
Hannity then said that these protesters, who it was implied were representative of the larger movement, sounded like "skinhead Nazi psychos." He also called the support for the protests from prominent Democrats "disturbing."
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