As the Republican frontrunner, Newt Gingrich is contractually obligated to oppose Occupy Wall Street. But before he was scolding protesters for their poor hygiene and cashing in on the housing crisis, Newt was a member of the movement himself. In 2002…
"You had better be siding with the people enough that the people don't get so angry they take you apart, because in the end in this country, if you are deviant enough from the people, they will take you apart, and in the end, that's where the power ultimately lies."
That statement sounds like something that would come out of the mouth of an Occupy Wall Street protester. In fact, it was made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Feb. 21, 2002… He also said he thinks corporations have too much power, which is another complaint frequently heard at the Occupy protests.
"I'm very happy to get corporations out of politics," he said… But Gingrich is now a strong supporter of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which opened the door to increased corporate power in elections.
Here's another little-known fact: Not only was Newt one of the original Occupiers, he also started the first drum circle. Well, not drums, per se, or a circle. But most listeners would describe his speeches as an especially agonizing form of noise pollution.
It's an embarrassing revelation for the Newt, but one that's unlikely to derail his campaign. Voters don't mind a little flip-flop as long as they don't have to see him in one.
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