Rep. Gohmert: Goverment Gave Unemployed Occupy Protesters "Freedom To Live At Home"

October 18, 2011 1:09 pm ET — Kate Conway

Rep. Louie GohmertRep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) doesn't think too highly of the Occupy Wall Street movement: Last week, he belittled the concerns of the 99 percent with the suggestion that the protests are driven by lazy kids with nothing better to do rather than by legitimate frustration with an exploitative financial system.

Today on a Texas radio program, Gohmert continued to harp on that characterization of the protesters. "I hope they're not protesting their parents," Gohmert rambled, "because, you know, they're helping them out and yet they're out there trying to destroy the government that gave them a chance to have freedom to live at home."

GOHMERT: I saw one study that indicated that of the Occupy Wall Street folks that are in New York, between 30 and 40 percent of them are still living at home. Well I hope they're not protesting their parents, because, you know, they're helping them out and yet they're out there trying to destroy the government that gave them a chance to have freedom to live at home.

So, according to Gohmert, the protesters are spoiled anarchists who should be grateful even though they can't find a job and are forced to rely on family for housing and other necessities. That's a pretty incoherent summation of the movement's objectives — and a pretty unsympathetic take on the jobless Americans who far outnumber available jobs.

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