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The Hill: Rand Paul blames Obama for 'inflaming' Occupy Wall Street protests, worries of 'lawlessness'


-By Justin Sink

October 7, 2011- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday that he believes the Occupy Wall Street protests stem from divisive rhetoric from President Obama, who has called for the richest Americans to pay increased taxes to help close the budget deficit.

"I see the president's rhetoric of envy inflaming the public and saying,  'Go get yours because rich people don't deserve it,'" Paul said on Fox Business. 

Paul said he was worried that the president would stoke the protestors' passions to the point that they could become violent.

"I see it as inflaming this Paris mob that I hope doesn't result in a lawlessness where they say, 'Well, gosh, those nice iPads through the window should be mine and why don't I throw a brick through the window to get them because rich people don't deserve to have them when I can't have them,'" Paul said.

Conservatives have increasingly tried to paint the protesters as aligned behind the president's political interests. On Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain questioned whether the protests were being "orchestrated" to help Obama.

"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," Cain said.

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