Donald Trump Compares OWS Protesters to Ex-Cons, Homeless People [VIDEO]
2:02 pm, November 4th | by Amy Tennery
A week ago Donald Trump went on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” and described the Occupy Wall Street movement as “sort of cool,” and noted that “there’s something I like about it.”
Now, he says he’s not a fan. Why?
In his latest
impression of a younger, more hostile Andy Rooney desk-side chat, Trump called out Occupy Wall Street protesters for their conflicts with homeless individuals purportedly encroaching on their turf. In Trump’s defense, mounting tensions between Occupy protesters and the homeless have been documented across the country.
But then, things get a little weird. Here’s what Trump said:
“They’re complaining that homeless people and people from Rikers Island — that’s a prison and it’s a rough prison — when they get released are going down to Wall Street and taking their food. They don’t want homeless people taking their food. They don’t want prisoners and ex-prisoners taking their food. They said it’s unfair… It’s very interesting because what they’re saying about the rich is what they’re doing to the homeless. Unbelievable. It’s a great story, nobody covers it. But just think about it. They’re really upset that homeless people are taking their food.”
So let’s just back up here. Now, I know there are some radical people among the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who want some radical things. And I know trying to argue what exactly the basic tenets of the movement are isn’t particularly easy — mostly because the cause is rather diffuse.
But I think we can agree (maybe?) that the majority of supporters there are looking for a handful of key things: heightened financial regulations, greater transparency among the key financial institutions in the U.S. and fewer tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations. I get that this is a more appealing doctrine to the left than to the right — but, again, this is what I’m assessing as the beliefs of the level-headed majority of Occupy Wall Street.
And yet somehow Trump equates this set of beliefs with a belief in handouts. This makes no sense.
You could argue all day whether or not OWS should welcome the homeless into their ranks. Some would say they have a moral obligation to so; others would say it dilutes resources for a (depending on your perspective) worthy cause. My feelings on the matter are irrelevant. But comparing OWS supporters to the homeless and (even more perplexingly) felons is a distortion of their goals. Maybe you don’t believe in more regulations on corporations or higher taxes for higher earners — and that’s fine. But Trump’s accusations miss the mark, big time.