Liberal commentator Alan Colmes and conservative talk show host Mike Gallagher got into a shouting match Friday on Fox News after Colmes likened the Occupy Wall Street movement to the Tea Party.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly kicked off the segment asking Colmes whether he thought it was time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and others to take back their praise of Occupy Wall Street in the wake of violent episodes that have dominated headlines about the movement.
Colmes denounced the instances of violence, but charged the media “of course wants to focus on the small number of people who are causing disruptions” and that there’s an “overwhelming number of people who are doing this the way it should be done.”
Gallagher said Democrats “have been in bed with these folks” since the movement started and he hasn’t heard a single Democrat “denounce these lawless thugs.”
“Mike you are smearing the entire group of people and condemning them…based on the actions of a few” he said. “[You’re] losing sight that in fact the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Streeters have a lot in common.”
“How dare you?! How dare you?!” Gallagher blasted back, calling it a “scurrilous comparison.“ ”Are you kidding me Alan?…You cannot compare the Tea Partiers to these bunch of lawless degenerate thugs. They’re thugs, they’re anarchists.”