Rush Limbaugh: ‘Obama Is Behind the Occupy Wall Street Riots!’ – and other assorted conspiracy theorists
So Obama comes out slightly sympathetic to Occupy Wall Street (OWS) on his press conference yesterday, and immediately Rush Limbaugh comes out on the same day saying the following (emphasis mine, video after transcript, jump to 5:46):
This thing just didn’t bubble up out of nothing. We now find out George Soros money is behind this, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the White House is behind this. I wish I could tell you who, but a very prominent person asked me to never mention his name in this regard, but for months he has been telling me, ‘You watch, Rush, do not doubt me,’ he said to me, ‘Obama is setting up riots. He is fanning the flames for riots and eventual violence. That’s all he’s got.’ And now you look, all of this talk about millionaires and billionaires and people not paying their fair share and this relentless assault on achievement in this country has resulted in what? The appearance of a spontaneous combustion of angry white college students who are fed up with all the injustices that this country is famous for. That’s his base.
Occupy Wall Street is his base. Those are his foot soldiers. The anarchists, the union thugs who are occupying Wall Street, Obama is now going to run for reelection against Wall Street, and all of these schlubs in this protest march don’t understand that Wall Street and Obama are inseparable.
In this, Limbaugh joins Mark Levin, who came out on Wedneday wondering whether Obama was behind Occupy Wall Street, after first correctly identifying Adbusters as initators:
By Thursday, Levin’s suspicions had also somehow become convictions that the White House was controlling or at least hijacking OWS.
And let’s not forget Herman Cain who on Wednesday in an interview with the Wall Street Journal voiced the idea that OWS was a conspiracy to distract from Obama’s failed policies:
I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration.
At least he admits that he does not have any facts to back up his feelings.
But where did this meme originate, that the Obama White House was and is behind all of this? Alex Jones’ Infowars, as promoted by The Drudge Report on October 2nd:
The adress for the Infowars article is at the bottom of the screenshot: http://www.infowars.com/occupy-wall-street-protesters-call-totalitarian-government-re-election-of-obama/ Its headline: “Occupy Wall Street Protesters Call For Totalitarian Government, Re-Election Of Obama” and the update subheadlines “‘Occupy Wall Street’ Tax Proposal Is Backed By Wall Street Itself” and “Obama Machine Prepares To Hijack ‘Occupy Wall Street’ “
(Alex Jones has since decided to co-opt the populism instead of raging against it and now tries to channel it in his own “Occupy the Federal Reserve” thing but still “warns” against Obama or Moveon.org hijacking OWS or turning it violent – h/t OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin for that last link)