July 25th, 2007
01:45 PM ET
8 years ago

Protester removed from Fred Thompson event

A protester questioned Thompson’s conservatism Wednesday.

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) – A woman screaming “you’re not a real conservative, sir” was removed by police from a welcoming reception for likely GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson Wednesday morning. A second protester was also taken from the room.

Houston police officers escorted the woman — as well as a man — from the hangar at Hobby Airport, where Thompson was shaking hands with a crowd of supporters. They were not arrested.

The woman questioned Thompson as he talked to reporters. She asked him why he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and noted that the organization supported the North American Union with Canada and Mexico.

After the woman interrupted Thompson by questioning his conservative credentials, the likely candidate said, “Don’t fuss at me. You asked me a question. Let me answer it.” He told the woman, “I try to learn as much as I can from all viewpoints.”

Later, she shouted at Thompson as the news conference ended. Police officers took her outside a fenced area near the hangar, and stood with her until the former Tennessee senator departed.

Editor’s Note: In the comments section below (#4), the woman has identified herself as a member of the group “Houston 9/11 Truth.” In a video of the incident linked on her blog, she is also heard charging the attack in New York on 9/11 was a “inside job.”

- CNN Political Desk Manager Steve Brusk

Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. john smith, valencia, california

    Add enough of this po' mouthin', Republican candidates and you all will get Mama Hilary for President. If you think she's a choice is truely crazy. Explore what she and her hand picked leftest coilition did for Arkansas Public Schools. Heck! She almost did the same thing with the nation's health care, You think HMOs are Heck???
    Well, just keep on going after the rep. candidates and you'll really get yours after the elections.

    July 25, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Joseph, Houston Texas

    First let me thank the republicans for turning against the American people on the immigration issue allowing terrorists to come into our country. Also thank you democrats for allowing terrorists that probably snuck across the border to sue American citizens for reporting suspicious behavior. I will not report behavior I deem suspicious now. Thanks to the media for dividing the American people and being biased against one side or the other. Thanks for being so unpatriotic and blaming your own country first. So if there is another 9/11, all politicians and Media outlets will get something that makes the Boston Tea Party look like a Disney Movie. You can bet on it.

    July 25, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Chris from Arkanss

    I sure am glad I am a progressive and not a conservative. You guys are nuts! Fred Thompson is a nice guy and look at what that lady did to him. All in the name of not being a conservative. Well if he aint a conservative I do not know what one is. Oh and so is George. (-; You guys are really falling apart when you cannabilize your own candidates.

    July 25, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. BoWowBoy (Big City, Texas USA)

    It's about time someone asked these folks about the North American Union and the Security & Prosperity Partnership. The elites who only act in the name of corporations will give our sovereignty away if we are not careful.

    Actually the union is already in full progress of being foisted on the American people and we need folks in office who will turn back the hands of this trashing of the United States Constitution. Read info at these links:


    July 25, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Eric- Memphis, TN

    Yes, he is not a 'truther.' That's the best thing about him. He isn't trying to capitalize on a bunch of ambiguous facts associated with the deaths of 3,000 people by claiming that the government was directly involved (even though Al Qaeda has said or done NOTHING to deny their involvement, and has said NOTHING to indicate that they received any assistance from the U.S. Government, which they would gladly admit to otherwise.) He, like the rest of the voting Americans with I.Q.s above 70, is focused on more REALISTIC problems. If you don't agree with him on said problems, that's your constitutional right, but to call him 'blind' to a conspiracy that obviously never existed is beyond asinine.

    July 25, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. tekel

    Frederick of Hollywood is a political whore, just like the rest of the GOP candidates. To the commenter who said "he's no Tancredo," I can't help but be amazed that you mean that like it's a bad thing. Tancredo is a racist xenophobe... he might as well have a white hood on.

    Freddy will say whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear, just like Mitt. I wouldn't trust either of them any further than I can spit.

    July 25, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Rodney Kennedy

    I guarantee these two jokers were sent by Clinton Inc. Fred Thompson is the biggest threat to them at this moment. They're the same scheisters sending people to Edward's and Obama's speeches pretending to "snooze". Run a check on these two phonies and you'll find a link to some dirty democrat trickery. He's not even in the race and these losers are shouting him down? Classic Clinton strategy that they perfected. Politics of personal destruction.

    July 25, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Bob Stander, Newtown, CT

    The whole campaign process, including fair and biased reporters, true and false personal histories, voting or governing records given in and out of context, etc., will shape the election of the next administration. I hope that serious, involved voters will keep themselves as informed as possible, and rely on their own good judgement. I also hope that the uninformed (most of the eligible population) will refrain from voting. Forgive me if I find both the candidates and the protesters suspect. A "true conservative" may want to torpedo Mr. Thompson; so may a liberal in conservative clothing. Unfortunately, most elections boil down not to the lesser of two evils, but to the least offensive of a meager field. Although 2000 and 2004 were the former, 2008 will be the latter, with or without Mr. Thompson.

    July 25, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. Pog Mahone

    Won't these Berkeley-styled activists ever realize that the more they misbehave like this and try to force the American public how and what to think, the more the very same public take offense at their hubris in thinking that we're somehow stupid and that they hold the "intellectual" keys to all knowledge and wisdom? If these people were indeed half as smart as they think they are, then why are their dogmatic "centers", such as Berkeley California, chock full of the most unhappy, unfulfilled, angst-ridden and self-loathing people in the country? Answer me that!

    July 25, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. David, Tampa Fl

    I like Fred, but right now, I am not 100% sure for whom I will be voting. I do know that I will not be voting for Ron Paul, he may be a good man but he comes off as a nutjob and we do not need someone in office that gives off that vibe.

    July 25, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. B. Workman, Charleston, WV

    No conservative marries a woman young enough to be his youngest child, produces babies, after passing the mid-60's, supports abortion, etc. Need I say more? I cannot imagine Fred Thompson as president and the thought of his child bride in her low cut clothes, hipping a couple of babies puts conversatives like me, straight over the moon. Mr. Thompson – Go back to TV & your babies and give this one a miss, I beg you.

    July 25, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Andy Pandy, Baltimore, MD

    Rant on, honey! Blablabla! We all care so much what you think. Listen closely – you can hear her say "World Trade Center was an inside job."

    Just another nut. Oops! Is that non-PC? How about kook?

    - LaRouche isn't running, so vote Ron Paul!!! -

    July 25, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. Justin Higgins, Brookfield, Ohio

    I like how CNN ignores that the woman screamed "World Trade Center 7, It was an Inside Job!"

    July 25, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Charles Miller, Kings Mountain, NC

    None of the candidates - neither Republican or Democrat - possess the credentials and experience to lead a nation. ALL of the candidates - Republicans and Democrats alike - are shallow, mealy-mouthed cardboard cut-outs, mere tokens of "choice," posing as candidates for the impending sham election in 2008. There is NO freedom of choice in this country anymore, the political parties are all one and the same, and our "leaders" are selected behind the scenes without any regard for "the will of the people." These are the final days of America, land of the free, and the only thing that can change that is revolution. Unfortunately, Americans no longer have the guts or the morals to revolt against their government, even when it is filled with detestable and corrupt bottom-feeders.

    July 25, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. Karen, Ann Arbor, MI

    This had nothing to do with Thompson's conservative bonafides. The woman was a "9-11 Truther" whacko, who wanted to scream "World Trade Tower 7 was an inside job" as she did later in the tape. Her appearance there had nothing to do with Thompson, except that he was likely to have TV cameras around him.

    Good grief, CNN, don't try to prop up nut jobs as legitimate critics of political candidates by telling only half the story. It makes you look sleazy and foolish.

    July 25, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. Josh Houston, TX

    "Fred once said ‘America is the greatest beacon of hope for all freedom loving people around the world’"

    You are voting for this guy because he said we are a beacon of hope?

    Say bye to your gun rights, babies, and borders. America is a beacon of hope, Fred Thompson is not. Look up the NAU on YouTube.

    July 25, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. Phil, Chicago Illinois

    Interesting comments-seems a whole lot of people are worried their candidates won't stand up against Fred-so they need to scream, lie, and insult. Looks like Fred is the perfect antilib candidate, that also goes for the libs in denial aka progressives.

    July 25, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Avatar, Black River Falls, WI

    Bwahaha! The funny thing is, the lunatic was probably a Ron Paul supporter. Like weeds, them, popping up all over the place, irritating everyone. Funny Stuff

    July 25, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. John, Denver, CO

    Now that all 15 of Ron Paul's supporters have told us what they think of Fred Thompson in this obviously staged event, can we move on?

    July 25, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Ryan, Austin, TX

    Too bad she didn't bring up the Trans-Texas Corridor, which no doubt Freddy boy would support. It is, after all, part of the NAU, and it is happening now.

    The TTC will take away Texans' homes and invade their property. MANY Texans are not happy with that.

    So Fred, what say you?

    CNN: Shame on you for under-reporting this. She was not a political protester. A 9/11 Truther, perhaps... but even Truthers can ask questions like the rest of us.

    This is ridiculous.

    July 25, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Peter Courtenay Stephens Gloucester,Va

    The only hope to savethis country is to un-elect every repulsive and democrap and not elect any more. The corruption in the criminal class in Washington is pandemic and both parties are seling out the nation ant The Constitution. Ron Paul a Libertarian is running as a Repulisve out of desperation to save the country form these mountbanks. Help save America. Don't vote Repulsive or Democrap.

    July 25, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  22. Arlington, TX

    Well, the woman below said she was that woman. Then she links a loony lefty liberal site claiming 9/11 was some huge cospiracy. Obviously she is not a conservative herself, so what in the world was she doing telling him he wasn't? I'm sorry.. but anyone who claism 9/11 is psychopathic and detached from reality... I'm glad the theory exists.. makes it easier to tell them apart. Not one single theory about that conspiracy has ever been prove true, fact. See May 2006 popular mechanics.

    July 25, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Liberalhater, Boston

    Thompson is just another Bushlike liberal Repub. It's sickening.

    Run Newt Run!

    July 25, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Richard,Austin, Texas

    Responding to David of Arizona. Bush is absolutely not a true conservative. Bush like your entire list of candidates are all globalist. There is little difference between any of those including Bush.

    July 25, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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