Republican Peter King Calls ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters A ‘Ragtag Mob,’ Warns Americans

Yesterday, on the Laura Ingraham show, New York Rep. Peter King made an effort to delegitimize the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement that has been sweeping across the country. First, he called the protesters a bunch of “anarchists” and a “ragtag mob.” Then he warned Americans not to give the movement any legitimacy because the protests remind him of the liberal protests of the 1960s.

“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.”

King went on to call the protests “a bunch of angry 1960s do-overs” trying “to create chaos and take away the focus on the Obama record.”

“We have to be careful not to allow this to get any legitimacy,” King warned. “I’m taking this seriously in that I’m old enough to remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen.”

The policies that the left wing shaped by taking “to the streets” included the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the eventual end of the Vietnam War, and increased rights for women and the poor. When King says “we can’t allow that to happen,” he’s talking about policy changes that bring social justice, increased rights, equality, energy independence, environmental protection, etc… But King is also committing hypocrisy, which has been the conservative creed for decades. Read the last paragraph of his statement one more time. King says we shouldn’t legitimize a media glorified movement that has shaped policy. Sounds a hell of a lot like the Tea Party, doesn’t it? As always, when conservatives do it, it’s patriotic and American. But when liberals do it, it must be anti-American. Somebody should probably tell Peter King that when George Washington took command of the Continental Army, the British considered his army a “ragtag mob” as well. That “ragtag mob” fought for American freedom and so do the peaceful protesters on Wall Street today. The Republican Party is a joke, and so is Peter King and the foolish New Yorkers who voted for him.

Listen to the audio from the Ingraham/King interview here.