Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerez to hit the Sunday shows following election victory Obama congratulates Perez as new Democratic leader GOP: Dems elected 'D.C. insider' as new chairman 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 CantorGOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote MORE (R-Va.) described protesters as a mob in a speech Friday. Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulConquering Trump returns to conservative summit Rand Paul rejects label of 'Trump's most loyal stooge' GOP healthcare plans push health savings account expansion MORE (R-Ky.) and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchHow to marry housing policy and tax reform for millions of Americans Though flawed, complex Medicaid block grants have fighting chance A guide to the committees: Senate 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.