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Staten Island's Grimm Lashes Out at Obama Over 'You Didn't Build That' Remark


Location: Staten Island, NY

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) has joined Republicans and others across the country in slamming President Barack Obama's "you didn't build that" comment.

During a speech in Roanoke, Va., last Friday, Obama was attempting to make the point that strong government programs help all Americans to be successful. At one point, he said, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

"It is insulting and arguably one of the most outlandish things I have ever heard a President of the United States say," Grimm said. "Every immigrant and entrepreneur who has ever built a business should be outraged and insulted, as clearly this is evidence that the president is out of touch with reality. His ideology couldn't be further from the values shared by the hard-working Americans who are the true backbone of our country."

"The president's remarks also provide further evidence of his plan to divide our country," he said. "Workers against bosses, the haves and the have-nots, the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. This is the type of class warfare rhetoric that will, without a doubt, unravel the greatness and unity of our country."

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