U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) slammed Occupy Wall Street protesters during a town hall meeting in suburban Gurnee, Ill. Saturday, calling the movement a “well-orchestrated, well-funded, far left effort to disrupt the American people” before admitting that he had never attended a protest.
Walsh, a Tea Party favorite who apologized last week after screaming at a constituent during a similar event*, was reacting to constituent criticism of the Occupy movement when he let them know how he felt about it.
“[Occupy is] an anti-American, well-funded left wing effort,” Walsh told the crowd, to a mix of applause and boos. He also said the movement was created to “rile up Obama’s left base.”
From what he could tell, Walsh said, Occupy protesters are “generally spoiled, pampered, unfocused, clueless young people and a smattering of other people who don’t understand this country and are advocating anti-American solutions.”
When one constituent stood up and pointed out that veterans have participated in the Occupy movement, Walsh brushed it off.
“I don’t know how many veterans are part of the Occupy protest,” he said. “I can’t imagine it’s many. But anyone who would advocate socialist solutions to certain problems in this country … they don’t understand this country.”
Check out the video of the town hall meeting below, courtesy of District 116: