Rep. Price: Wall Steet Protests Are "Destructive To A Free Society"

October 11, 2011 3:34 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Speaking on a conservative internet radio program last Friday, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, characterized the Occupy Wall Street protests and the larger movement aimed at holding financial institutions accountable for putting the economy in a tailspin as "divisive and destructive to a free society."

PRICE: Well it's a direct result to the class warfare that the president is fostering and it is divisive and destructive to a free society. They're perfectly welcome to peacefully protest whatever they so desire. But when their mission, when their goal of many of them, at least stated goal of many of them, is the overthrow of the federal government of United States of America, it astounds me that the president seems to embrace their mission, as well as other political leaders in this country. It is destructive and divisive and not helpful for the body politic.


While Price went on to say that the protesters are free to "protest whatever they so desire," he followed that up by suggesting the movement's goal is to "overthrow the federal government of the United States." Price either doesn't understand what a free society is about or he has different standards depending on whether or not he agrees with the message of the protesters. For instance, when Tea Party demonstrations were taking place across the country in 2009, Price praised protesters at a rally in D.C., telling them, "It doesn't take a majority to prevail, but an irate and tireless minority keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men. Thank you so much for setting those brush fires."

UPDATE: In an email to Political Correction, Ryan Murphy, Rep. Price's communications director, claimed that the "divisive and destructive" comment was in reference to "the president's use of class warfare."