Bachmann: Protesters were 'ignorant' and 'disrespectful'
November 11th, 2011
12:09 PM ET
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Bachmann: Protesters were 'ignorant' and 'disrespectful'

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann on Friday described protesters who interrupted her foreign policy speech aboard the USS Yorktown the day before as "ignorant" and "disrespectful."

"They haven't been told what was done for them and that's what's a shame. And I think that as soon as they would know, if they understood the heavy price that was paid for that First Amendment right, they'd be much more respectful," Bachmann said while shaking hands at a Veterans Day parade in Columbia, South Carolina.

On Thursday, about a dozen protesters caused a stir when they stood up and delivered a coordinated message through a tactic known as a "human microphone," where one person yells out a message and the rest of the group repeats it collectively. A group called Occupy Charleston claimed on its website that it has staged the interruption.

"Blaming people that disagree with you, unpatriotic socialists… this does not help the American people," the group shouted.

The disturbance drowned out the Minnesota congresswoman's remarks, and she briefly left the stage until it was over. When she returned, she praised the group's right to protest.

"Don't you just love the First Amendment? It's great, we have a great country and I want to thank you all for your understanding," she said.

But at the parade on Friday, after a woman unrelated to the group apologized for what happened at the speech, Bachmann talked about the incident with a harsher tone than the one she took the previous day

"I was surrounded by heroes yesterday on the USS Yorktown who paid a big price for them, and they're just ignorant of that," Bachmann responded. "That's all. They're ignorant and they were disrespectful, but you know someday hopefully they'll come to know the price that was applied."

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- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Occupy Wall Street • South Carolina
soundoff (587 Responses)
  1. joe the plumber

    This is what happens when you do too much "witchcraft". Kids, stay away from witches.

    November 11, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Forrest Bradford

    You are highly disrespectful of our president who against all republican and Fox propaganda odds... won by the now peasant middle class of our country. You and your husband (gay though he may undeniably be), made your living from government handouts. U then expect the rest of us to buy your uneducated bull. I say you are a "ONE TERM EMBARRASSING CANDIDATE"

    November 11, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. CaliforniaBC

    And if it was a group of tea partiers who did it to Obama or some other Democrat she'd be prasing it.

    November 11, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    the free exercise of opinion
    These clowns were not interested in expressing their opinions but in denying Bachmann the ability to express hers. And also denying other people there their right ot hear Bachmann's speech. If you want to protest and be morons, do it out side on the side walk where the rest of us can tell you what rubbish you are.

    November 11, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. redwine

    Today is a special day in America. We are honoring those who were and are willing to offer their lives for America.
    My deepest respect goes to those men and women we called Veterans. In the name of my family and myself, thank you!

    November 11, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Ed DFWTX

    I fully support the Protestors. They were standing up against big money and the Koch Brothers super pac and their corrpution of our political system. Bachmann is a wacko and really has nothing new to say except the same old tied "Obamacare bad" rethortic.

    November 11, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Paqrat137

    Thank you for your service Wildone – so many just don't understand that since WWII, the wars have not had great ideological reasons – like defending our country. Your service in SE Asia, the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are fighting for nothing but greed. No threat to our security or way of life is being or was served by their sacrifice.

    Your buddies who died in SE Asia are rolling in their graves to see that what they died for is now a tourist destination and a place to provide cheap goods. Where was the lofty reason for that? We will see the same thing in Iraq in a few years: tourists and cheap labor. Until WWI we fought to preserve American ideals, that ended when you were forced to serve – for a reason that you did not know.

    November 11, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Little Jimmy Truth

    Occupy protesters should shut up by themselves.

    They refuse to shut up and enjoy destroy America unlike Tea Party.

    November 11, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Dos Ruedas

    Anyone else notice the ethnic getting carted off by the MIB in the background?

    November 11, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Paqrat137

    Last paragraph should be "WWII" not "WWI"

    November 11, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. PasadenaGuy

    Obviously, the good Congressperson did not see any of the videos of the "ignorant" and "disrespectful" town hall meetings (i.e., verbal riots) during the summer of 2009

    November 11, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. tsb610

    It is very sad comment on the Republican Party that someone as stupid and intellectually dishonest as Michelle Bachmann could ever be considered for any public office, let alone the presidency of the United States.

    November 11, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Ignorant

    Its a shame that the twits her congressional district will vote her into office again, in 2012. That's whats wrong with America... we have ignorant people electing ignorant politicians who are in office only for themselves, caring less about the American people they represent. Re-tards, all of them

    November 11, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Bana Nahamic

    do patriots use the American flag as a neck kercheif? hhmm....

    November 11, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Joshua Ludd

    Ignorant? Hmmm.. maybe they all just got the HPV vaccine. Bachmann is an empty headed twit.

    November 11, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Vince

    The woman who claimed a shot made a child "retarded" because a no name mother told her so is calling someone else ignorant?

    November 11, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Kat

    If she can't handle "ignorant and disrespectful," then she shouldn't be running for president.

    November 11, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Bobby

    When is the President of FOX News going to offer her a job and get her off the presidential playing field and into FOX's one-sided think-tank with her twin Sarah Palin?

    November 11, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. JustinTime

    Islamic Jihadists support Michelle Bachman. If anyone can tear down this country it's her. The Tea Party is dangerously close to have the same rhetoric as the beginnings of the Nazi Party.

    November 11, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Jack Hoff

    Ms. Bachman, iddddddddddddiottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.

    November 11, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. mfhpr

    Has this woman worked a single minute for her paycheck since she announced her candidacy earlier this year?

    November 11, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. skmoejoe58

    maybe she's hearing voices again lol.

    November 11, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    I would say that on a day-to-day basis it's lawyers who do more to defend free speech than soldiers.

    November 11, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Don

    The most ignorant cow since Sarah Palin in politics declaring others to be ignorant. Hmm, where have we heard this lone of feces before? Sarah perhaps? This cow as well as Sarah Dufuss are both poster girls for ignorance, after all it is the only notable characteristic that either of them have that even comes close to explaining why they are both so incredibly stupid.

    November 11, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. GOP Hate America

    your fill of it Bachman if you cared so much about the soldiers you would be happy to see them finally come home after this atrocious phony war you helped start. Instead you are criticizing Obama for bringing them home. This is why you only have 4% of the fringe right wing christian nuts supporting you.

    November 11, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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