Warren initially drew fire from Republicans after stating she not only supports the movement, but that she, in fact, "created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do.”
And when attacked by the GOP for these remarks, did she walk them back or say she was only joking? Hardly. At most, she clarified that she did not mean to imply that she created the movement itself, which she recognized as an organic -- and perfectly appropriate -- grassroots response to the unaccountability and recklessness of Wall Street.
A spokesperson for the campaign followed up with this statement:
Elizabeth was making the point that she has been protesting Wall Street’s practices and policies for years – and working to change them. Wall Street’s tricks brought our economy to the edge of collapse, and there hasn’t been any real accountability. She understands why people are so angry and why they are taking their fight to the street. She has said repeatedly everyone has to abide by the law. Elizabeth is working for change in a different way, to take this fight to the United States Senate.Elizabeth, herself, remains unequivocal:
I've been protesting Wall Street for a very long time. And that I understand the frustration, I share their frustration, with what's going, that right now Washington is wired to work well for those on Wall Street who can hire lobbyists and lawyers and it doesn't work very well for the rest of us. That's what I'm talking about, that's why I'm running for office . . . Occupy Wall Street is an organic movement, it expresses enormous frustration and gives a great faith all across the country for people to talk about what's broken. So I am glad that that conversation is going forward and that it's going forward in an organic way.Listen and learn fellow Democrats.