The long-standing Occupy Wall Street protests that have spread across the country appear to have unnerved Conservative talk personality Glenn Beck
In comments made on his Internet-oriented GBTV
talk program, Beck expressed his outrage with the anti-capitalist gatherings, characterizing the protesters as "Marxist radicals."
"Capitalists, if you think that you can play footsies with these people, you're wrong," Beck said. "They will come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you."
The activists have largely been seen as a loose confederation of disaffected left-leaning individuals who have identified Wall Street as the source of America's economic woes. However, the confederacy has only recently begun to find a coherent voice, at least in Lower Manhattan where the protests began three weeks ago. It is now a vague coagulation around a broad theme of resistance, and the nation's wide dissatisfaction with the direction of the economy is making the resistance more attractive.
On Monday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the protesters could stay for an indefinite period of time.
“The bottom line is – people want to express themselves. And as long as they obey the laws, we’ll allow them to,” Bloomberg said, according to a Wall Street Journal report
. “If they break the laws, then, we’re going to do what we’re supposed to do: enforce the laws.”
The nation's unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, at 9.1 percent, even in the face of the 103,000 new jobs added in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Beck warned House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats to "get out of bed" with the protesters, saying the more further left-leaning among the protesters, like Michael Moore, are using the Democratic legislators to propagate their more revolutionary causes.
"These guys are worse than Robespierre from the French Revolution," Beck insisted.