Bill O’Reilly Asks: Who is Backing the Occupy Protesters and Why Won't President Obama Repudiate the Movement?
Thousands of protesters and members of the Occupy movement hit the streets of Chicago during the NATO summit. 90 people were arrested and dozens were injured including a police officer who was stabbed. Tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly looked further into who is really behind the movement, which he notes is now very well organized. He called it a “hardcore, far-left movement designed to cause as much trouble as possible.”
He found that the movement is being run out of Washington, D.C. in offices belonging to the Institute for Policy Studies. The director of the Institute is John Cavanagh, a longtime liberal activist and his nonprofit accepts money from George Soros through the Tides Foundation. O’Reilly also reported that the Service Employees International Union headed by Mary Kay Henry is paying rent for the OWS crew in D.C. at about $4,000 month.
O’Reilly stated, “It is long past time for President Obama to condemn the anarchistic element of the occupiers, which is now dominant. Instead, the president falls back on protecting freedom of speech platitudes. Sure, tell that to the Chicago cop who got stabbed, Mr. President.”
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Fox News analyst Alan Colmes joined the discussion, saying, “There’s no reason why the president should dignify crazy, left-wing or right-wing on any side, agitators by giving them presidential attention.”
O’Reilly pointed out that President Obama did give them presidential attention yesterday when he said that NATO stood for freedom of speech. Given that a police officer has been stabbed, O’Reilly asked why the president doesn’t come out and acknowledge that in the beginning it was a citizen protest but now it’s unacceptable and repudiate it.
Fox News analyst Monica Crowly said President Obama can’t do that because “Occupy Wall Street was set up and orchestrated and executed for two reasons: one, to supply Barack Obama with his central campaign theme of income inequality.” O’Reilly interjected that the OWS protesters don’t like President Obama because they planned on bombing his headquarters in Chicago. Crowly responded, “This is all about destroying the economic system in order to destroy the political system.”
O’Reilly said, “They don’t have enough numbers as I said to do that and I also predicted the Occupy would lose all credibility, which they did.” He went on to say that the 2,000 protesters who showed up in Chicago are adamant about causing trouble, but he does predict that President Obama will repudiate them soon.