Newt Gingrich corrects Occupy Wall Street protestors in Jaxby Dara Kam | November 17th, 2011
GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich drew loud cheers for his head-on – but polite – response to a few Occupy Wall Street protestors who briefly interrupted a tea party town hall in Jacksonville this afternoon.
Earlier, Gingrich told the crowd he shared the protestors’ anger about the nation’s financial mess but said that local officials should film them and deal harshly with any protestors who are violent towards people or property.
Near the end of his hour-and-a-half event, a few protestors interrupted Gingrich, shouting “We are the 99 percent!”
That elicited boos from the tea party crowd but the former U.S. House Speaker quickly used the opportunity to garner even more support.
Speaking directly to the protestors, Gingrich told them to wait.
“There’s no such thing as 99 percent in America,” he said. “We are 100 percent Americans.”