Giuliani: Obama owns Occupy Wall Street movement
November 5th, 2011
04:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Giuliani: Obama owns Occupy Wall Street movement

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is responsible for the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"It would not have happened but for his class warfare," Giuliani said in Washington on Friday. "And remember, as it gets worse and worse - because it's going to get worse and worse - where it came from: Barack Obama."

Giuliani's remarks came while speaking at a summit sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative organization with deep ties to the tea party movement.

Presidential front-runners Mitt Romney and Herman Cain also spoke at the event.

Giuliani said Obama's economic philosophy–which the former mayor describes as the need to "redistribute the wealth"–closely lines up with the message of the growing movement.

The movement started out as a group of demonstrators on Wall Street upset over unemployment and the economy. It has since expanded to cover a variety of issues, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Similar protests have popped up in cities around the world, some of which have been marked by violence.

One faction of the movement even proposed occupying the offices of presidential candidates in Iowa ahead of the caucuses and primary season, which starts January 3.

"I believe this will be the millstone around Barack Obama's neck that will take his presidency down," Giuliani said.

Obama commented on the booming movement in October, saying it "expresses the frustrations that the American people feel."

"People are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works," Obama said while taking questions at a news conference about his jobs plan.

The president highlighted the financial regulation bill passed in 2010 as an example of government working to ensure a fair, rule-abiding financial sector.

"The American people understand that not everybody's been following the rules," he said. "That Wall Street is an example of that."

According to an ORC International Poll released Thursday, more Americans say they support the movement as it progresses. Thirty-six percent say they agree with the overall positions of Occupy Wall Street, up from 27% when the survey was last conducted in early October.

Giuliani flirted with a presidential bid for much of the year but announced his decision against running last month.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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Filed under: 2012 • Occupy Wall Street • President Obama • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. LNB

    So do I ...and I am happy to take that on. You, however, do not. Giuliani you are entrenched in the 1% and even of you are not THAT wealthy, you are of that mind set...just like Kochcain and the others in the GOP Clown Party

    November 5, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. New Age Independant

    It all started to make sense once ACORN was identified as the muscle behind NYCC and OWS. And we know that ACORN is a puppet of the radical democrat leadership.

    November 5, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. John in Brooklyn

    Actually, the class warfare is being lodged almost exclusively by the Republicans – not the Democrats. Who wants to continue to extend income tax breaks that disporportionately benefit the super-wealthy? Republicans. Who has consistently opposed extending unemployment benefits for the casualties of the recession? Republicans. Which party's presidential candidates are advocating regressive sales taxes that hit the working class harder than the extrmely rich? Republicans. Who has sought cuts in benefits programs that are designed to keep the poorest and most elderly Americans afloat? Republicans. This is an all-out multi-front war on working people and poor people – indeed, a class war to benefit the wealthy – launched and supported by whom? Republicans.

    November 5, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. I_Luv_America

    And you're talking ata tea party organized event, which is destroying this country and started this class warfare siding with the rich.

    November 5, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Greg

    Funny, when the Tea Party opens their mouths it's OK. Yet the 99% are put down by the former mayor.

    November 5, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Dustin

    How shameful. Instead of embracing this movement over greed and government coruption, the right seeks to demonize it. You're right Rudy. This is Obama's fault, as well as your fault and the right and left's fault. This is what happens when you let greed and money into government.

    November 5, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. weaze

    remember chicago 1968? how about Tampa 2012. Keep the movement going brothers

    November 5, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    And it will get worse ...............

    Yep – as soon as the republicans/baggers can round up a few thugs willing to infiltrate and stir up problems. I takes time to do that you know - got to make sure they're registered democrat and that takes time. If you think Guiliani and the others have not done it before, think again.

    November 5, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Ron

    Guess what, ex gov??? He would be proud to "own" it. You talk about class warfare, and yet your party has constantly pitted worker against worker at the profits of millionaire and billionaires. Your party pits those with health care against those without it all the while getting the best medical care money can buy. And you have the money, huh? You and your kind just don't get it. But you will, one day. And the question is, can you handle it?

    November 5, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Tony

    It's cold with wind and rain here today. Obama owns it; it's his fault. Phew, these Teapbulicans are sooooo far out there I wonder if they can find their way back to reality.

    November 5, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. djwazu

    Giuliani can never and will never become president! He's the owner of boredom and stagnation.

    November 5, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Little Jimmy Truth

    That's true.

    All OWS demonstrators claimed themselves as anti-Bush and pro-Obama.

    November 5, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Independent Voters

    Giuliani the republican responsible for Occupy because yall got us in this mess. You tell your friend in congress we going to vote all the republicans out of the office.

    Stop blaming the president for everything did you blame Bush for messing up our country.

    American are seeing the true side of the no do congress.

    November 5, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. logic in LA

    Well Little Jimmy- at least they are honest about their roots- more than can be said for the Tea Party who claim to be independent and non-political. find me a liberal or Democrat in their ranks.
    As for OWS being owned by the President- THANK YOU! It's about time a someone went after these bias- based tax laws and loopholes.

    November 5, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. rude

    He didn't mention 9/11?

    November 5, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Lisa Peterson

    Does anyone else think it's funny he says this at an "Americans for Prosperity" meeting? A meeting of some of the 1% on how to stay the 1%?

    November 5, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. ted

    Guiliani is just a delusional right wing lunatic. Intelligent people will see through his balderdash and conclude he is trying desparately to remain relevant to anyone but in fact no one cares about him anymore. He needs to understand that it was the GOP that started the class warfare baloney and they are still obstructing any real progress in DC because their only mission now is to make Obama a one term president. Ain't gonna work, Rudy. Go back under the rock you crawled out from under.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 5, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Ted van Tol

    "Obama commented on the booming movement in October, saying it "expresses the frustrations that the American people feel."

    And right Obama is and it 's. not only the frustrations of the American people but also in Europe and all around the globe.
    Sick and tired of the status quo! It wil take time but it comes to an end. It's just the beginning of a new era.

    November 5, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. AlaskaPalin

    The ows movement is going to crash and burn this winter. Oh- they believe in climate change, so it might be summer to them. They are nothing but the neo- bolsheviks trying to evolve a workers government so they'll realize their little utopia. And who is their dear comrade leader? Mr 9% unemployment himself, oblamer.

    November 5, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. papafritz57

    Ah gee, Rudy, a man with absolutely no morals, sleeping with his girlfriend while his wife and children were upstairs. Something about these Repukes who claim to be righteous but are downright dirty dogs.
    I hope our decent and respectable President does claim the righteous American OWS working for all of us who aren't multimillionaires . I hope every American who claims to be God fearing sees the truth about what the Republikkklan party is and their absolute hatred of any American who isn't wealthy and can serve their needs for power and money. Rudy is a pimp as far as I am concerned. He always has been.
    Any man who would put his children wife and children,no less, through the disgrace he dad as a high profile politician, should just work quietly and stay in the background as he has no room to ever, ever publicly disparage someone as decent as President Obama. Rudy, you're a bum, accept that.

    November 5, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Gloria in NW

    Gee, Giuliani blames Obama for OWS and calls it class warfare. What a surprise. It would be news if he said anything else. Nothing to see here, move along.

    November 5, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. zak

    as far as i can tell, this is the republicans trying to make it look like the democrats and obama are actually 100% for this cause, which they aren't.
    the republicrats are both part of the corrupt system of corporate buyouts of candidates. neither party owns this movement. this is a people's movement, and i pray that the democrats and moveon don't co-opt this movement, as the masses are starting to wake-up that they will not be fooled by their rhetoric any more. we need actions before we can in good conscience vote for them.

    November 5, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. conservativeforAmerica

    You people are so ignorant it is amazing. You talk about the 1 percent being the devil! What because they worked hard and are successful they should be strung up. How about you get off your lazy tails and stop looking for a hand out and go to work because at the end of the day when you put your heart and soul into something and it pays off for you it feels amazing! Holding down that couch and looking for someone else to pave your way will never work in this country. Obama does own this bunch of misfits. He has taken socialism to the next level in this country and all I can say is enjoy it while you can because this BAFFON of a president will never get elected again thank God!

    November 5, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Canuck

    "It would not have happened but for his class warfare,"

    Damn these people that are realizing that the right wing has been moving wealth away from the lower and middle-classes towards the elite, who are my friends, for years. Damn Obama for helping them to realise this – it was so much better when the masses were in blissful ignorance.

    November 5, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    Sure Ghouliani, 30 years of failed trickle-down economics that has all but killed the middle-class, while creating a ridiculous income inequality between the top and bottom is all President Obama's fault, right? And to the insanely ignorant idiot that says OWS is organized by "ACORN", there is no ACORN any more, the right-wing vote suppressors made sure of that.

    November 5, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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