Giuliani: Obama owns Occupy Wall Street movement
November 5th, 2011
04:24 PM ET
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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. New Yorkers against Trump

    Rudy, you are a greedy republican. It's time to vote all politicians like you out of office. And by the way, your children don't like you either! What's up with that "family values" guy?

    November 5, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. AEJ

    Who cares what this adulterer thinks or says. Your 15 minutes are over. GO AWAY!!!! You are yesterday old man!!!

    November 5, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Mario

    I really wish Giuliani would remove the last vowel from his last name.

    November 5, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    I defy any of you right-wing America-hating brainwashed cretins to dispute anything John in Brooklyn said in his comment. Go ahead, I dare you.

    November 5, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Little Jimmy Liar –

    You wouldn't know the truth if it walked up to you and kicked you in the teeth. Here's hoping the truth walks up to you soon.

    November 5, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. SC

    They have as much right to protest as the nazi tea party. This is a free country for everyone not just the republican-tea party.

    November 5, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Abraham

    Guliani should talk. He is one of the all time crooks and gangsters of New York. Shut him up for good.

    November 5, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Abraham

    Every politician is a liar, a crook and a thieve. This includes Obama, bush, Clinton,regan and all the senators and congressmen. Let's get rid of them.

    November 5, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. BeverlyNC

    Rudy- you have been out-of-touch for too long still trying to take credit for saving America on 9/11. This whole CLASS WARFARE statement came from the mouth of John Boehner and then the Republicans picked it up and kept repeating it. Just like the rest of us, President Obama laughed, and told the truth that CLASS WARFARE was what Republicans were waging on the middle class. That idiotic GOP statement backfired on them. I wish the Democrats had started Occupy Wall St and provided a leader for it – but this was a homegrown movement from the PEOPLE themselves. I imagine most do now hate the Republicans who go on TV and call them lazy unemployed criminals, mobs, gangs, and other lies. Republicans are so good at LIES.

    November 5, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. SurRy

    Keep voting against your own best interests idiots!

    November 5, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Greg

    It cannot be said enough. OWS DOES NOT REPRESENT THE 99%. Many of us, myself included, would agree with the overall position of corruption and greed being a bane on American politics. Unfortunately OWS represents another minority special interest that wields undue influence on our political system. There is the 1% and there is the 13%. Unions account for 13% of our workforce but contribute as much as the 1% corporate interests. The 86% who do not belong to a union or to the 1%, are being misrepresented by shills from both sides.

    November 5, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Sgt. Joe

    "Worse"for who exactly, Rudy? For your wealthy cronies? Not only that, the audacity to blame Obama for what the GOP has so blatently created by trying to sell the story that the top 1% are the nation's only "job creators, is crazy making. The OWS'ers are claiming pro-Obama because he represents the side that supports the hurting middle class. Pure and simple. Don't lay the blame where it doesn't belong. Besides, we have a right in this country to protest and not just sit back and take it. BoA listened, didn't they?

    November 5, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. kmp

    So what if he appreciates it, the fact of the matter is he is right we are frustrated with stagnation of income for those within the middle class and a growing disportionate poverty class. We are frustrated with the assumption that if business's don't get a break then jobs will not be grown. FYI since 2000 income for middle America has not grown squat, but those within the top 2% it has grown due to tax breaks. All the while jobs have been lost and none have been created but it isn't because of Obama. Personally, I have nothing against Millionaires or Billionaires they have earned their success, but they shouldn't be earning on the back of me or any other american. So if I am paying 24% tax they shouldn't be paying 15% I would be happy with an even playing field.

    November 5, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Louis

    How can Obama be to blame? You guys are looking for a scape goat. Greed and Power of those in control of the big monies at the very top who amassed the profits from the general working population had the rug pulled out from under them and look what happen. Thank God for the Internet where posted and factual information is available worlwide. All anyone has to do is ask "Who,Why and What and you can get the picture. In the beginning we have undergone changes in rule from Church,to Royalty,to Government and now along with government, the wealth and power has gone to the those holding the "Purse Strings" where the abuses and quest for money has become paramount. Read about it, it's getting worse and worse and when there is enough money and resources to take care of everyone on the planet. How can we restore the economy world wide? The Powers at be can do it collectively. Can they join together to do it? Yes they can but will they? The Technology and the money is there. All we need is the "Will" to do it. May God have mercy on us now and future generations.

    November 5, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Howard

    Giullani is 100% correct ...

    Barack obama is a shameless, self-serving, con man ...
    The mainstream media are his shills ...
    and, the American people are his marks !!!

    November 5, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. margie stephens

    to john in brooklyn–right on bro–couldnt have said it beter myself though i try

    November 5, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. GuyinVA

    Sorry GI Joe. If you're looking for infiltrating thugs, I believe the SEIU and the Teamsters have already joined the "Occupy" party. Perhaps you could ask those leftist standard bearers, Code Pink. Never mind. They're just crazy, not really thuggish. Also, they stink at infiltrating.

    Seriously, you sound like that lunatic in Oakland that said it was the fault of the police that the protesters were doing drugs. See, the police WANTED them to do drugs so they would have a reason to arrest the protesters.

    November 5, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. JamesKlimaski

    OWS is not made up of Obama supporters. He and many of the Democrats in Congress are on the verge of selling us out on Medicare, Social Security, taxing the wealthy and the wars in the Middle East. The Obama Administration isn't bringing the troops home from Iraq, they are just moving them down the road a bit. The Administration, by supporting the payroll tax moratorium is simply undermining the Social Security Trust Fund making it more likely the Congress will use this as an excuse to cut benefits. We know the Republicans are the enemy, but it is going to be the Obama and the Democrats that will be knifing us in the back.

    November 5, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. tif31

    If it wasn't for the rpublicans dedication to their rich handlers, instead of the people they are supposed to represent, this OWS movement would never had started. But because of their pledge to not raise taxes for any reason, they have succeeded in widening the gap between the rich and middle class. This movement belongs to the republicans, not President Obama.

    November 5, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. malabar

    The sad thing is how boring and predictable OWS has become. yaaawn, wake me for the next revolution hahahaha

    November 5, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Dex

    Another "out of touch" member of the GOP.

    November 5, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Liz the First

    Hey, Rudy, is that supposed to be a bad thing??? let's hope the OWSs own Obama, too. the only way for them to achieve their goal is to focus like a laser on getting every last rethug voted out of congress. the rethug party is the enabler of the one percent. the Democrats represent and work for the 99%. so i hope all this energy gets channeled into supporting the candidates who share their concerns. and that certainly isn't the bunch that's been looking down their noses at these people ever since they started their protest.

    November 5, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Clephas

    ... as usual, the Republicans blaming the president for everything...

    November 5, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Of course he does. he is the one who started it......for political purposes. Now that the violence has started, many people are going to sour on Obama and his purposeful use of mob violence to support his political agenda.

    November 5, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Amazing

    Will someone shut up him with this nonsense? What a joke he has become!

    November 5, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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