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. Jon

    Hrm. Would that be about as ignorant and disrespectful as interrupting the President's State of the Union address with an erroneous accusation, Ms. Bachmann? An action that you praised? - You are a Christian, aren't you, miss? You should know that those that are disrespectful to others deserve none themselves in turn.

    November 11, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. SheFirst

    Speaking to Veterans? She doesn't even know where America's first battles took place. She disrespects America.

    November 11, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Michelle, you are done!!! YOU ARE THE IGNORANT AND DISRESPECTFUL ONE!!!!

    November 11, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    This is worth posting again. You should have prepared me for this. I actually laughed out loud at my desk. This is the BEST description of the TP trash to date and Sniffit usually wins that award.

    SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Anyone favoring a GOP candidate commonly starts their day by getting on all fours in the grass and munching on twigs, weeds and dandelions. National Geographic has a 5 DVD set of these creatures in their natural habitat known as the alley or the sewer depending on what part of the country they happen to be from. One scene, shows about 100,000 of these half-human-half-deformed-brainless animals rising up on their hind legs and making loud grunting sounds as though they were having trouble taking a crap and in serious pain while stretching their necks forward to get a glimpse of their leader jumping up and down on a huge rock in a frenzy screeching high pitched sounds from the top of his or her lungs like an animal that was just branded with a flaming hot iron. Anthropologists have named this erratic behavior as "Tea Party Syndrome."

    November 11, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Was anyone physically hurt during this speech? Was anyone attacked? No, the only thing that happened was that Michelle Bachmann got flustered, and that, of course, makes her a victim. Never mind the ridiculous statements she's made, attacking the character of anyone she feels threatens her cartoon world: thats the only thing that's important, eh? Michelle Bachmann gets to play victim (again), when she encouraged others to do the same thing 2 years ago during the healthcare debate. Not ready for primetime, is she?

    November 11, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. JasonP

    So she says she respects your right to use your free speech, but when you do, she lambastes you for it.

    November 11, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. candycane

    Now those comments are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PRESIDENTIAL!!!!!

    November 11, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. JohnW

    @Democrat Party – leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA
    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.

    So she wasn't allowed to finish? She had to leave as soon as they were done? What you don't understand is that with someone like her (and I suspect you as well), you have to actually get in their face to speak your piece or there will be no chance of her hearing. There's still very little chance of her understanding or grasping significance, but at least we know she actually heard them.

    November 11, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. paul moehle

    Why were those original Boston patriots shouting "Taxation without
    representation is tyranny!"? Taken at their word, it wasn't tax opposition so
    much as resentment against others thousands of miles away, with no Americans
    in their legislatures, setting tax rates. To not realize this is to misunderstand
    why the colonists wanted independence in the first place.

    Now consider the plight of citizens seeking representation today. Will
    my representative listen to me and my ten buck donation or give his ear to
    those with the million dollar handouts?

    Then there is the Supreme Court 'money = speech' decision. Foreign
    corporations can now, through American subsidiaries, pump money and
    influence into our politics. It's deja-vu all over again – foreign influence
    with no American representation!

    Lastly, the Tea Party and their GOP benefactors are now engaged
    in a national effort to suppress voting by, among other things, making photo
    ID's required. Since when was lessening citizen representation a Tea Party
    goal?

    If Tea Partyers want to align their beliefs with the original Boston
    patriots, they should: (1) advocate public financed elections (2) seek repeal
    of the Supreme Court 'money=speech' decision, and (3) oppose GOP voter
    suppression programs. Otherwise they are triple-time traitors to their own cause.

    And in the spirit of the Occupy movement, why don't the Democrats enlist the Tea
    Party in their efforts to get money out of politics. It's the key to changing things.
    It's the American Way... if ya can't beat 'em, co-opt 'em.

    Taxation WITHOUT REPRESENTATION is tyranny!

    November 11, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. motil

    Oh.....so when the Tea Party did this at town hall meetings they were using their 1st amendment rights, but when others (and by "others" I mean those who have at least half a brain and can see through her brand of baloney) do it, that's unacceptable. Hmmm....."ignorant" and "disrespectful".....thy name is Bachmann.

    November 11, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. I can see Russia from my house

    Why are these people wasting their time on a loser like Michelle. She is almost out of the race. They should go Occupy Romney's events

    November 11, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    My thanks and salute to all our veterans. May God bless and keep you, and your families. Your willingness to put yourselves in harm's way for our sake can never be repaid.
    In regards to Bachmann's encounter with Americans that disagree with her
    it is called the First Ammendment. You defended it when it was your rude and racist crowd doing the interrupting and protesting.Suck it up.

    November 11, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Rich - Vero Beach, FL

    Typical of her – flag waving Republican who prefer to repeal certain ammendments restricting freedoms as long as the second ammendment remains in place.

    November 11, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Big Al

    The woman is a fruit loop.

    November 11, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Quittin Time

    Respect is earned sweetie. and you havent earned it. Why dont you, Perry and Cain go out for a patty melt and let the adults go to work?

    November 11, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    @ SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    KEEP IT COMING. You are 100% right. The TP is an abomination on our society and they need to be stopped fast.

    November 11, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. ntu

    There was a story about a pot and a kettle

    November 11, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Orchid333

    HAhahahaha.... this is the funniest thing I've read all week. And the video is even better! Nice to see Bachmann getting a little taste of what she supported in the not-too-distant past. Not so great when it happens to YOU Michelle, is it?

    November 11, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Zenichi-Maro

    she must have receieved an HPV shot recently, because she's apparently mentally retarded. and Michelle knows that if you get the HPV shot, you'll turn retarded because someone once told her that at a rally. and she's married to MARcusssssssssssss, so she'd know.

    November 11, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Andrew

    Holy cow, is Bachmann that stupid? I hate to tell you the heavy price was paid for during the Revolutionary War and not the Afghanistan or Iraq war. Did I miss something? Were those two countries trying to subjugate us? I'd love to quiz her on the Constitution and its inception. I bet that lame brain in Congress doesnt even know what the Bill of Rights is.

    November 11, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Dave

    Disrespectful (to her), MAYBE... but for this woman to make the charge of ignorance is flat out hypocrisy.

    November 11, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. The Unsub

    She needed to be interrupted! She is a TERRORIST! What she spews about President Obama is treasonist!

    November 11, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. thomas

    @The Real Tom Paine

    I'm glad you hold a high regard for honest undistorted factual history. I must disagree with you in regards with "Newt" Gingrich and his half measure self centered view of history.

    Intellectual dictators do not own the truth !

    November 11, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    IF GIGANTIC IF we are going to use her standard, then EVERYONE who acts up like this is "ignorant and disrespectful; OR no one is ignorant and disrespectful.
    I actually don't disagree with her, I just want everyone to use the same standards for determining appropriate or inappropriate.

    November 11, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Tim in Syracuse

    Funny....those Heroes you talked about.....they paid a price for the Right for you, who are truly one of the most blissfully ignorant people I have seen in Politics, to speak falsehoods and spread mistruths from a podium on one hand and then disparage others for for Ignorance on the other.....Bravo.

    November 11, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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