Source: Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said the Occupy Wall Street movement was “laughable” for its “hypocrisy” and alleged that the movement had ties to the Communists and Nazis in an interview Tuesday night with conservative media outlet Newsmax.
“I think the hypocrisy of this movement is somewhat laughable,” he said. “I would agree with them that we don’t need to have crony capitalism in the United States of America, where we have government picking winners or losers in the free market or trying to be a venture capitalist. But when I see signs that these people are holding up signs saying ‘end capitalism,’ then my question is: What do you replace it with?”
“I think there is a danger in the people on Capitol Hill starting to embrace this movement, especially now that we know that the American Nazi Party and the American Communist Party are also starting to align themselves with this Occupy movement,” he said.
West, who is African-American, rejected that Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported the movement. “Martin Luther King Jr. would not have backed these types of protesters. He had a focus, a message. He was divinely inspired. I don’t know what the inspiration is for these individuals.”