House Majority Leader Eric Cantor attempted to walk back comments referring to the "growing mobs" of the Occupy Wall Street movement, saying Sunday that the protesters' frustration is "warranted."
"I think more important than my use of that word is there is frustration out there across this country, and it’s warranted,” the Virginia Republican said on "Fox News Sunday." “Too many people are out of work.”
In an Oct. 7 speech at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., Cantor said he was "increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country."
Still, Cantor stood by his remarks castigating elected officials for their support of the movement, encouraging blame rather than working to find a solution.
"Where I’m most concerned is we have elected officials in this town who are, frankly, joining in an effort to blame others rather than focusing on the policies that have brought about the current situation," Cantor said. "I mean, when you hear some of the Democratic elected leaders joining in blaming parts of our economy and society versus let’s take some of the credit or blame here in Washington."
Watch the clip below, via Mediaite: