House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) decried the "growing mobs" of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, and took a swipe at his fellow political leaders who have praised the demonstrations.
"If you read the newspapers today, I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country," Cantor said. "And believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans. But you sent us here to fight for you and all Americans."
Cantor's remarks at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Friday came one day after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised the protesters and said, "God bless them." President Barack Obama also commended them and said they were expressing the frustrations of the American people.
According to Reuters, Cantor's remarks did not elicit a major reaction from the audience.
In response to Cantor's remarks, White House press secretary Jay Carney said he "sense[d] a little hypocrisy unbound" and called the "Occupy" protests "an expression of democracy...totally consistent with the American democratic tradition."
“I don’t understand why, you know, one man’s mob is another man’s democracy,” Carney said.
Carney pointed that Cantor praised then-new Tea Party protests at the same conference two years ago.
During his 2009 speech, Cantor praised Tea Party activists for “fighting on the fighting lines of what we know is a battle for our democracy.”
Watch Cantor's remarks below, via CBS: