NY Times Reporter Asks If It's 'Dangerous' for GOP to Insult Occupy Wall Street Leftists

The New York Times “Caucus” podcast recorded December 1 featured reporter and podcast host Sam Roberts wondering if it was a potentially dangerous tactic” for GOP candidates to insult the Occupy Wall Street movement. This exchange came a minute and a half from the end, after Roberts asked how the Occupy movement’s “99%” slogan was playing out in the Republican primary.

Trip Gabriel: “From what I’ve seen, you know, it’s a foil for these candidates. They are using it to kind of attack the whole Occupy movement and the whole ‘99%’ slogan as examples of class warfare. These are big broad targets for many Republicans and Republican commentators and they might have more of a role come general election time, when there’s a Democrat who might be making the same arguments that the Occupy movement made. But at this point it’s a crowd-pleasing line, you know, from a Newt Gingrich or a Michele Bachmann to rip these demonstrators. You know, ‘Why don’t they go out and get a job?’ You know, they shouldn’t, ‘What do they want, us to pay their college tuitions and buy them cars?’"

Sam Roberts: “Is that a potentially dangerous tactic, since even most Republican voters are more likely to be among the 99 percent than the one percent?”

Clay Waters
Clay Waters
Clay Waters was director of Times Watch, a former project of the Media Research Center.