Tea Party leader rejects comparison to Occupy Wall Street protests

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Some have suggested that the protests, which started in New York City and now in their third week have spread across the country, are a “liberal Tea Party.” The movement calls itself “leaderless resistance” demonstrating against the unfairness of the privileged “one percent” represented by Wall Street.

Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: US 'preferred a different outcome' on Brexit Abortion is weakness for Clinton VP favorite Overnight Defense: Biden hits Trump on national security | Dems raise pressure over refugees | Graham vows fight over spending caps MORE likened the two movements to each other Thursday in a speech to the Washington Ideas Forum. Speaking about the Wall Street protests, he said the “core” of the protest was that “the bargain has been breached. The core is the American people do not think the system is fair, or on the level,” he said. “There’s a lot in common with the Tea Party.”

But Kremer rejected the idea that the two movements, both characterized by large rallies of people protesting economically-related problems and demanding change, had anything in common.

Kremer said that the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations were like “a kid having a temper tantrum because their parents won't buy them the whole ice-cream store.”

Kremer added, "This isn't Wall Street's fault. It's Washington's fault – and that's where they should focus their efforts.”

Many Democrats have endorsed the protest movement, and President Obama said Thursday that he sympathized with the “broad-based frustration about how our financial system works.”

But several Republicans have warned that President Obama and other Democrats are “inflaming the public” and stoking the protesters’ fervor.

House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorJuan Williams: The capitulation of Paul Ryan The Trail 2016: The Big One Conservative sworn in to replace Boehner MORE (R-Va.) described protesters as a mob in a speech Friday. Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump flexes new digital muscle Republicans question Trump's trip to Scotland Hate TV customer service? So does your senator MORE (R-Ky.) and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchMedicare trust fund running out of money fast Long past time to fix evidence-sharing across borders Overnight Tech: Facebook's Sandberg comes to Washington | Senate faces new surveillance fight | Warren enters privacy debate MORE (R-Utah) separately warned that the protests could become violent. Paul compared demonstrators to a “Paris mob” on Fox Business. Hatch called the protests “alarming” and warned there could be riots, according to comments reported by the Salt Lake Tribune.

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