"I see it as inflaming this Paris mob that I hope doesn't result in a lawlessness where they say, 'Well, gosh, those nice iPads through the window should be mine and why don't I throw a brick through the window to get them because rich people don't deserve to have them when I can't have them,'" Paul said.
Conservatives have increasingly tried to paint the protesters as aligned behind the president's political interests. On Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain questioned whether the protests were being "orchestrated" to help Obama.
"I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration," Cain said.
But Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci overwhelmed by calls after journal published mistake over beagle experiments McConnell looks for way out of debt ceiling box Senators make bipartisan push to block 0M weapons sale to Saudis MORE's father, Ron - who himself is running for the GOP nomination - has voiced support for the protesters.
"If they were demonstrating peacefully, and making a point, and arguing our case, and drawing attention to the Fed — I would say, 'good!'" Paul said following a town-hall meeting in New Hampshire.