Elizabeth Warren testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services, and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 24, 2011.

National Republicans have lashed out at Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat looking to challenge Senator Scott Brown, for her comment saying that she "created much of the intellectual foundation" for Occupy Wall Street, The Washington Post's Greg Sargent reports.

Warren's comments were included in a story about her that was published Monday night by The Daily Beast.

“Warren’s decision to not only embrace, but take credit for this movement is notable considering the Boston Police Department was recently forced to arrest at least 141 of her Occupy acolytes in Boston the other day after they threatened to tie up traffic downtown and refused to abide by their protest permit limits," National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh told Sargent in a statement. The NRSC is the official party group that works to get Republicans elected to the Senate.

Sargent also notes that the NRSC is "also circulating that Doug Schoen Op ed painting protesters as wild-eyed extremists and arguing that Dems who embrace the protests risk driving away independents and moderates."

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The Daily Beast's Samuel P. Jacobs gave Warren credit for her claim, writing that "[a]s a professor of commercial law at Harvard and the force behind Obama’s consumer-protection bureau, Warren has been one of the most articulate voices challenging the excesses of Wall Street."

The Occupy Wall Street protests began in lower Manhattan last month and have since spread to a number of other cities and countries, including Boston, Massachusetts.

A Pew poll released Monday showed that the American public is divided on the Occupy Wall Street movement, with 39 percent saying they support the  movement, and 35 percent saying they oppose it.

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