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Rep. Peter King: ‘We Have To Be Careful Not To Allow [Occupy Wall Street] To Get Any Legitimacy’

Adding to the growing chorus of Republicans publicly denouncing the Occupy Wall Street protests, Congressman Peter King referred to the protesters as “anarchists” yesterday, comparing them to similar left-wing demonstrations of the 1960s.

King was speaking on the Laura Ingraham Show, where he dismissed the protestors and scolded them for not having a clear sense of what they’re actually protesting.

“The fact is these people are anarchists. They have no idea what they’re doing out there… They have no sense of purpose other than a basically anti-American tone and anti-capitalist. It’s a ragtag mob basically.”

The bigger issue King had wasn’t with the protestors, but with the media for giving them so much (in his opinion) unwarranted coverage, and used a historical comparison to put the protests in perspective.

“[W]e have to be careful not to allow this to get any legitimacy,” he warned. “I’m taking this seriously in that I’m old enough to remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy… We can’t allow that to happen.”

h/t Huffington Post

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