Since Sept 17, a motley collection of leftists, progressive agitators and malcontents have engaged in protests known as “Days of Rage.”
Left wing filmmaker Michael Moore – himself worth an estimated $50 million – has thrown his support behind the protests, as has actress Susan Sarandon.
But the protests have also garnered the support of at least one member of Congress.
Bernie Sanders, the socialist Senator from Vermont, has expressed solidarity with the protests, claiming that 6 mega-banks own assets equal to 60 percent of America’s GDP.
The Daily Caller reports that while Sanders has used the hashtag #OccupyWallStreet at least 38 times, a new hashtag appeared Saturday:
Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Twitter account has been abuzz with tweets of solidarity for the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests in New York City. But on Saturday a new hashtag appeared there: “#OccupyDC.”
“Today, the top 6 financial institutions in the US have assets equal to more than 60% of our GDP. #OccupyWallStreet #OccupyDC,” the tweet stated.
According to the OccupyDC website:
Occupy DC is a website put together by people that are fed up with the current system in the United States of America. We are an independent branch from occupytogether.org and occupywallst.org but carry the same message and philosophy. occupydc.org focuses on spreading the idea of Occupy Together and Occupy Wall Street in our nations capital Washington DC.
We are not affiliated with October 2011 Stop the Machine organization. Although we support their organization, and will join them on October the 6th, Occupy DC is a separate organization inspired and pasted on Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together. We will start five days earlier than Stop the Machine, October 1st and our location will be McPherson Square.
We share the same message, goals, and demands as Occupy Wall Street which are still being constructed and put together. Although there is no clear list of demands yet we are fed up with how the country is being run by our political leaders and the government. We would like to see a clear separation between politics and corporations, spread the wealth, and end the war in the Middle East, investing the taxpayers money in the countries’ infrastructure, health care, education, etc and not use it to fuel violence in the world. These are just a few and the basics of what we stand for but you get the idea.
The #OccupyDC website says a “general assembly” is scheduled for Saturday.
According to the Daily Caller, Michael Briggs, communications director for the Senator, said Sanders has yet to call for protests in the nation’s capitol.
“I can’t help you on that because he hasn’t said,” Briggs said in an email to the Daily Caller.
While speaking with Current TV’s Keith Olbermann, Sanders said “it’s been a very, very long time” since there was an active, viable left in the country.
Sanders also told Olbermann he appreciated the “spotlight” the protests were putting on Wall Street.
“More and more people understand that if we’re going to get out of this recession, if we’re going to create the millions of jobs we desperately need, you have to look at Wall Street. These are the crooks who plunged us into the horrendous economic situation we’re in right now,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, according to the Senator’s News page.
In an interview with liberal talk show host Thom Hartmenn, he reportedly called for the breakup of “behemoth” banks, and a cap on credit card interest rates.
If you like this article, you can follow Joe on Twitter @jnewby1956, visit his Facebook page, or click the Subscribe button to receive email updates when a new article is published.