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. Mohammed BENABDERRAZAK

    Look who is talking? If there's an ignorant person on earth, it's Bachman, sister of Sarah, and perry. I just don't know how these people get elected to create the rules on us. It's really sickening. I think it's about time we should start electing little people like us instead of some stupid idiot like the Bachaman.

    November 11, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Rich

    Who keeps asking her what she thinks or who SHE thinks is ignorant?She is playing the fool for the Koch bros...

    November 11, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. d dog

    The welfare queen is blovating about rights for everyone ELSE. She is such a liar and hypocrite. The taxpayers made her rich with farm subsidies and from her "husband's" clinic. She abuses the right to free speech to spread lies and hate, it is time for her to just go away.

    November 11, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. QS

    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) states:

    "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

    Article 11 of the Declaration of Independence states:

    "The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law."

    Based on John Milton's arguments, freedom of speech is understood as a multi-faceted right that includes not only the right to express, or disseminate, information and ideas, but three further distinct aspects:

    the right to seek information and ideas;
    the right to receive information and ideas;
    the right to impart information and ideas.

    As I understand it these protesters were using, not abusing, this right. This barely-person Bachmann believes they were being disrespectful, but what she really meant is not that they were being disrespectful to the veterans or to the right itself, but to her specifically.

    Also – ignorant!?! Really? It's seriously people like this, and the so-called "conservative movement" in general, that exemplifies ignorance of anything and everything under the sun. I'm so happy that she will not even get close to the nomination, but will also hopefully be booted from the House come next election cycle!

    November 11, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Amunaka

    " "Blaming people that disagree with you, " then saying they're "ignorant" and "disrespectful."

    What.. that's been the rights MO for decades..but michele there is a difference between disagreeing and being bat chit crazy...

    November 11, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Tillie in Texas

    LOL There are no words for some things.... just LOL

    November 11, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. rightospeak

    Another nonsense article defending the useless politicians. The people let her know what they think about her b.s. People have had enough of broken promises , stupid politicians -they no longer have patience when someone insults their intelligence .She is going to keep us in endless wars till Chinese tell us to give them our farms.

    November 11, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Melissa

    lol. Bachmann is the most ignorant and disrespectful child I've ever seen in politics. Who is she to talk? Some moron that needs to be fired, thats who.

    November 11, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Leonid Brezhnev

    Bachmann is a mindless bimbo.

    November 11, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. mjw

    Bachmann is such a loser and a Massive embarrassment to women in this country who are critical thinkers. She is such a liar and hypocrit. Like S. Palin she uses others who are ignorant and gullible, to feed her wealthy lifestyle. Her husband who has an eating disorder, committs medicaid fraud with ineffective, abusive, guilt ridden "methods" which he bills medicaid as "therapeutic counselling". America needs to combat this ignrance. She is a user like S. Palin and it's time to empty their gravy train.

    November 11, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Crazy Woman Bachmann (unfortunately she represents my district) again shows us why she is not qualified to serve a member of Congress much less the POTUS.

    November 11, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. carly

    what a twit. It is high time for Bachmann, who has never heard a fact she didn't distort, to drop out from this race.

    November 11, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. james - St. Paul, MN

    Just a bit ironic that a person who has made so many ignorant and disrespectful comments (Bachmann) should get a bit of the same in return. The protesters were wrong to treat her this way, but her own words and actions have been at least as ignorant and disrespectful over the past year. Seems like justice to me.....

    November 11, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Alina1

    Apparently only Bachmenn can use the first amendment, others just bunch of socialists.

    November 11, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. MP in VA

    First, many tea party crashers haven't been civil or respectful in their participation in town hall meetings, with no condemnation from Bachmann. Second, if people DIED for people to have free speech, why should they be criticized for exercising that right. "Disrespectful" is in the eyes of the beholder.

    November 11, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. GaryB

    Funny, as I recall, Bachmann never admonished her tea party minions when they were drowning out Democrats during healthcare reform meetings a couple of years ago.

    November 11, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. Stu Steinberg

    Ms. Bachmann: I served my country in Vietnam and Afghanistan. How is it that your husband did not? I agree with the people who spoke out against you. You are a hater and an ignorant twit.

    November 11, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "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."

    Ha...I've been lazy lately...I'm going to have to take that as a dare.

    November 11, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. Truth hurts

    Give her a day and her true nature comes out!

    November 11, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Derek

    They're not protesting Veterans or Veteran's Day, Mrs. Bachmann.

    They're protesting YOU!

    November 11, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Mike

    Michele Bachmann accusing someone of being ignorant is the equivalent of me accussing someone of being named Mike.

    November 11, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Jason

    For once I agree with her, even though I still think she's as dumb as a brick.

    November 11, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Rich

    Michelle the people have caught on to the Tea(Koch bros)Party...It ain't gonna happen as old Hermie said...Go back to the poor people you represent and talk them out of THEIR social security for the Koch bros....you should be ashamed of yourself

    November 11, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Carlos Enrique Queso aka Chuck E. Cheese

    Who's the ignorant here, Michele? If you knew the price that was paid for so those protestors could exercise their First Amendment right, then you would keep your mouth shut. Why is it that Republicans feel they have a monopoly on patriotism and love of country?

    November 11, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. sheppard

    I fail to see how this woman can call anyone else ignorant and disrespectful whilst maintaining a straight face.....

    November 11, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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