Orrin Hatch says Occupy Wall Street rallies will turn to ‘riots’

Saturday, October 8, 2011
By Paul Martin

BY MATT CANHAM
The Salt Lake Tribune

Washington • The Occupy Wall Street protests that are spreading to cities throughout the nation, including Salt Lake, may be peaceful now, but Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, expects them to turn violent soon.

“They’re alarming, and I’ll tell you we are going to get more of it. We are going to have riots in this country because of what these people are doing,” Hatch told Utah reporters on Thursday.

He said the protesters are egged on by President Barack Obama’s populist push for his jobs bill and union leaders like James Hoffa, who said this about tea party Republicans at an Obama rally last month: “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.”

Hatch also took umbrage with Obama for saying at his Thursday press conference that unless Congress takes action on a jobs program, “the American people will run them out of town.”

Hatch said he thought the comment was unnecessarily inflammatory, creating a politically unstable situation when Congress is forced to reduce spending and therefore cut back on government programs some people now rely on.

“They are going to get people very angry and sooner or later people who basically are dependent upon the federal government and are about to be cut back, yeah, you are going to have lots of problems,” he said.

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