(The Hill) — Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) rejected President Obama’s comparison between Martin Luther King Jr. and what he called the “Occupy Wall Street gangs.”

“Martin Luther King Jr. would not have backed these types of protesters,” West said, noting that he was born and raised in King’s neighborhood. “First of all, Martin Luther King, Jr. had a focus, a message. He was divinely inspired. I don’t know what the inspiration is for these individuals.”

Obama last weekend suggested the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. would have sympathized with the ongoing demonstrations against Wall Street, indicating both movements sought justice.

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