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Newt Gingrich corrects Occupy Wall Street protestors in Jax

by 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.”

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26 Responses to “Newt Gingrich corrects Occupy Wall Street protestors in Jax”

  1. Ricky Scott Says:

    Let the Tea Party vs. OWS civil war begin!

  2. Fernande Picard Says:

    I was there today, it was such a pleasure shaking Newt’s hand. He did’nt dissapoint.
    He is bright, experienced.
    I believe he can beat Obama. We need him to fix this Country.
    He has ledglislative experience, business experiences.
    Great day.

  3. WE THE PEOPLE Says:

    Uh, Newt, Don’t know how to tell you this but it is mathmaticaly impossible to arrive at 100% without 99%!!!
    So much for the intellectual giant!
    “We are all Americans” yeah, so was Jeffrey Dohmer, whats your point??

  4. George Says:

    A famous author once penned the phrase all are equal, but some are more equal than others.

    He was talking about Communism, however in this Capitalist society, we have a small group of people who have access to the political elite because of their wealth, and are thus able to influence the political process to reap further benefits from that process.

    So in the end it doesn’t matter what C you have, because in both cases we have a privileged class and the working class.

  5. JR Says:

    What the OWS crowd doesn’t get as exemplified by George is that many people who are part of the “privileged” class got there while they were members of the “working class.” And they keep working George. When the Beatles finally hit it big and became wealthy, they took off for a few months just to party. Until finally one day they looked at each other, and decided, “Let’s go back to work!” They were independently wealthy, but chose to keep being productive instead of becoming 24/7 consumers. They weren’t Americans and they got it. Get it? The OWS crowd needs an attitude adjustment.

  6. Dennis Bryan Says:

    This country is run by the rich for the rich! We have democracy, what a laugh. We get to vote every two years and then are expected to sit down and shut up.The election process is a joke and the press is a bigger joke. If this was a country with real democracy the 1% wouldn’t own and control everything. The treasury was looted and plundered and the perps are still in charge. Don’t forget our two tiered justice system. Not many 1% ers behind bars. With great fortunes come great crimes. Newt is an even bigger joke.

  7. George Says:

    @JR, oh so you think the working class can work themselves into the privileged class.

    Man have you been fleeced.

    That might have been true 20, 30, 40, 50 years ago.

    The last 10 years I have only seen middle class families having their real incomes eroded every year at best, or loosing their jobs and houses at worst.

    And all that while the privileged class, the ones that people like you keep saying will create jobs but only if we give them more tax benefits, have been getting richer and richer.

    But maybe you are part of the privileged class and are blind to the plight of the masses. Well if so, I strongly suggest you go read some history books.

    More than one revolution started because the masses felt that they would never be able to climb to the top no matter what they did.

  8. newtcon 1 Says:

    Washington Post has a story up how Newt advocated, among other things, requiring that “anyone who earns more than $50,000 a year must purchase health insurance or post a bond,” and made 37 mil from the health care industry. But he’s not a lobbyist, just an historian. He’s a Fraud

  9. npgator Says:

    Newt will make a great president.

  10. CM Says:

    With congress approval ratings in the dumper, largely due to the debt ceiling negotiation, once we finaly link Newt back to the government shutdown in the 90′s, he’s done. Add in his lobbying (no mater how you paint the payments he received, it’s lobbying at the end of the day) and he becomes unelectable. The sad part is, the only difference between Newt and Mitt is that Mitt is a Mormon. It’s sad that prejudice rears it’s ugly head again in comservative America.

  11. Ann Onymous Says:

    To CM – don’t forget the part where Newt was f’n around with the whore that would become wife number 3 while number 2 was fighting cancer. Meantime he was trying to impeach Clinton for HIS indescretions. Talk about the pot callin’ the kettle black!

  12. Against Hypocrisy Says:

    Neut is a 100% a tool of the 1%, unconpromisingly ignorant, unapolagetically hypocrite.

  13. Test Pattern Says:

    The guy shouldn’t even be dog catcher. He makes Herman Cain look moral. Yes, he dumped his wife when she was dying and had an affair. Just who I want running the country.

  14. The south will rise up one day Says:

    we will need to be healthy when we suceed from the union.
    http://mhlnk.com/8B2B06FD

  15. Come on man Says:

    Please, we need someone to help America

  16. Bill Says:

    Wow you Demo’s really moniter this site, keep getting your talking points out there. By the way any one seen that hope and change lately. Only thing I see changing is more government control of everything. By the way it’s Dahmer not Dohmer. God Bless.

  17. Newt Is Alive And Well Says:

    Qustion: Is the country and it’s people better off with Obama?

  18. WE THE PEOPLE Says:

    Where would America be today if Bush had been able to serve 4 more years this last term instead of Obama???
    Greece?? Italy??? worse???

    (I stand corrected on last name Dahmer)

  19. Rick Says:

    The 1% had better remember what the 99% did to them in the French revolution when they declined to care about the masses. Their blood ran in the gutters from guillotines on every corner. They were smug in their wealth too, as Marie Antoinette could tell you. So continue your “Let them eat cake” attitude 1%, til you bend over.

  20. Dr Pat Says:

    It would take more than one bath to clean the sleaze off Gingrich. He’s a liar and con artist. When the neo-cons call the protestors bums and hippies it is all part of their propaganda campaign orchestrated by their PR agencies. Everyone should go look at this photo. http://www.democracynow.org/20...

  21. mathman Says:

    Newt knows what is best for this country and is not bothered by the fact that it differs from what is best for Newt.

  22. TO We The People Says:

    In December ’06.. While W was presodent…

    DOW was at 14,000
    Unemployment was at 4.6%
    Deficit was $260Billion…
    (you can look it up)

    Then in January ’07 the Looney Libtards took over the Senate and the House! 
    And the country died

  23. mike Says:

    Newt is “a stupid mans idea of what a smart man sounds like”

  24. Paul Says:

    “There’s no such thing as 99 percent in America,” says the 1%.

  25. Elliott Says:

    Newt is truly remarkable and I blame the voters. Has everyone forgotten that in the 1990s when the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress, then Speaker Gingrich closed the government, including social security, medicare and medicaid, because the congressional Democrats would not vote on the Republican budget the the Republicans adamantly refused to disclose, not only to the Democrats in Congress, but to the American people? If not for the steadfast Democrats and President Clinton in particular, Pres. Bush’s 2007 recession would have begun in 1995.

  26. Irish Mike Says:

    The paradox of OWS is that while they decry the way the political class has exercised its power, fashioning loopholes and advantages to which others are not entitled, and providing bailouts and loan guarantees to their friends and supporters,they support putting more power in the hands of that same political class, expecting a different result.

    And that is the defnition of insanity.

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