Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is wondering why republicans haven't spoken out against tea party protests as she continues to support the Occupy Wall Street movement.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says she agrees with protesters from Wall Street to Washington who are saying most of the country isn't getting a fair shake from the financial and political establishments.
Republicans are criticizing the protesters' message as divisive. Asked to respond, the California Democrat said on ABC's "This Week" that the GOP didn't object to the tea party's in-your-face protests against members of Congress in last year's elections.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week said he was concerned about the "growing mobs" and criticized those who support them. He said condoning the demonstrations amounted to supporting the "pitting of Americans against Americans."
It is obvious Pelosi still doesn't understand the tea party movement and possible she doesn't understand the Occupy Wall Street movement either. The tea party is full of everyday people who believe the federal government is out of control in its size and with its spending. Economic data, including a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, a failed $800 billion stimulus and $15 trillion in U.S. debt back up their concerns. Occupy Wall Street on the other hand, is a mob of clueless, unsanitary young adults demanding more free stuff and as Derek Hunter points out in his column today, many are paid and union led, which would make Pelosi's previous statement calling tea partiers "astroturf" applicable to the movement she now supports.
Since the Occupy Wall Street protests began three short weeks ago, 700 protestors have been arrested. Since the tea party movement began nearly three years ago, zero tea partiers have been arrested. Also, no member of the tea party has ever defacated on a police car.