Newt Gingrich thinks Occupy Wall Street protesters are “anti-civilization.”
Wow. Just, wow. Appearing at a campaign rally in Florida yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich claimed that the 99%, a movement seen on every newspaper, website and cable show around the country, simply doesn’t exist.
Asked by a supporter how Gingrich would handle the Occupy Wall Street movement if he win the White House, the former Congressman first tried to paint the movement as destructive brats, and then insisted they should be taken down.
“There is a strain of hostile people on the left organized across the country who believe in trashing things, believe in destroying things,” he said, according to RawStory. “Who do they think paid for the park they are sleeping in? Who do they thing paid for the bathroom they want to use? Who do they think paid for the food they’re eating?”
He continued, “I think we ought to confront them head on… Every city government has an absolute obligation to enforce the rule of law and to protect private property and, frankly, they ought to be filming these people, and every person who engages in violence ought be given a very long vacation from the streets…”
Protesters at this point interrupted Gingrich by yelling “mic check” and chanting “the 99 percent,” spurring the candidate to declare, audaciously, “There is no such thing in America as 99 percent! We are 100 percent Americans! We are all part of America!”
Yes, the 99% may be part of America, but they’re still not united with the 1%, a group of which Gingrich, with an estimated fortune of at least $7 million and made thousands working for big business, is a member. Just because you wouldn’t deign to hang out with them doesn’t mean they don’t exist, Mr. G.
Earlier in his remarks, Gingrich described the Occupy Wall Street activists as “destructive, hostile, [and] anti-civilization.” Pretty strong words for people who allegedly don’t exist.
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