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. Occupied by Idiots

    She was totally accurate in her assessment of the OWS crowd. You would have to be in denile to think otherwise

    November 11, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. John

    Of all people to call those protestors ignorant – what a dimwit she is.

    November 11, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Alex Santana

    Gee, I thought she was ignorant and disrepectful??

    November 11, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Tired of the nonsense

    So Americans doing the one thing our ancestors fought and died for, protesting what we don't like, is disrespectful? Ignorant? It's part of what it means to be an American! We don't have to put up with nonsense like the GOP keep spewing out. We can stand up and say NO to the idiocy of the GOP and its minions.

    This woman is a boneheaded bimbo.

    No, strike that. She's a brainless, ignorant, disrespectful, unAmerican boneheaded bimbo.

    November 11, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Psychologist

    Once again, not presidential material. Embrace people's differences instead of judging them. Those who have no sins shall cast the first stone, isn't that right, Michele? So stop casting, you have committed plenty of sins, and both you and your closeted, effeminate, pray-away-the-gay hubby still do. One additional downer is that awful combination of the black and white top you are wearing, paired the with the 'patriotic scarf.' Big no-no, so look in the mirror first before jabbing at others.

    November 11, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. doc

    Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is an "ignorant" and "disrespectful corporate welfare queen. Her, and her Hubby, collect thousand of dollars in ""Farm Subsidies"" while she tell the poor to just suck it up.What a ""Hypocrite ""

    November 11, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. jb

    Can this circus get any more fun. She is ignorant and can go back to hawking "cures" for people who do not need them. Then, she can return the taxpayers money for her family farm.

    November 11, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. AesopsRetreat.Com

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    "ignorance" and "disrespect" has NOTHING to do with First Amndment Rights – Morons...
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    What kind of parents did you woefully end up with ??

    November 11, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. pierce

    Michele is the ignorant one. She disrespects the people when she says that those who do not work should not eat.

    She is old, ignorant and history.

    November 11, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Derek Wain

    This shows the violent and totalitarian core at the heart of the radical Left, which talks about free speech but insists on silencing those with whom they disagree: "Free speech for me, but not for thee."
    The OWS nihilist hooligans have taken their cue from Princess Pelosi and Hussein Obama, both of whom have praised them. Bachmann has been the most courageous and honorable among in the political class for labeling the OWS crowd for what it is: an organized mob of Communists and other radicals who want something for nothing.

    November 11, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. AesopsRetreat.Com

    Apperantly everyone has the right to freedom of expression EXCEPT Michelle Backman. Why is it when she wants her turn to speak she is interupted. And when she complains her freedom of expression was interupted, you claim your freedom of expression was more worthy than hers? Get a brain – please.

    You were not invited to speak at the crowd, she was. Do you even know what courtesy means? Are you mentally old enough to "get it?"

    November 11, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Catapult operator

    Hey Michelle, I live in your district, served on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam war and I think you're an idiot. How do you like those apples. You know, apples kinda like aamodt's apple orchard over there on Manning in Stillwater your home town where Marcas swishes the gay out of people. Sheesh, when the #### are you going to go away?

    November 11, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. julie

    They understand – they just disagree with you. They also weren't so disrespectful as to obviously manipulate Remembrance Day for their own personal gain. Shame on you.

    November 11, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Gbird

    In other words she fully supports the Tea Parties right to do the exact same thing at town hall meetings in the runup to the last election. But when people she doesn't agree with do it to her, they are ignorant and disrespectful.

    November 11, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. MissyB

    There is a time and a place to protest – it is not acceptable for the OWS people or Tea Partiers to ever shout down someone making a speech. That is just bad manners, and it is ignorant and disrespectful of what the First Amendment is. Civil discourse to get your point across is ok – being an idiot is not.

    November 11, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Doesn't she know that the Veterans are fighting for our Right to Free Speech. Shame on Bachman!

    November 11, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Midwestern

    Can't wait to ee the liberal respose when conservatives apply the same tactics to the Dumbocrat speakers. Can yiou spell Hypocricy ? Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have.

    November 11, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. Bachmann gets farm subsidies = socialist

    From today's "Minnesota Independent": A survey "found that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann was the most unpopular figure of the 11 surveyed, with those surveyed giving her a rating of 33 out of 100. It also found that even in her home state, Bachmann would perform much worse in a hypothetical match-up against Pres. Barack Obama than either Herman Cain or Mitt Romney. Obama won in all three hypothetical match-ups." Her poll numbers are around 6%. What I want to know is, who are the 6% who favor her, and why is she still relevant?

    November 11, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. john

    maybe she can pray free speech away

    November 11, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. Dave

    Bachman already got drained into toilet. She will not be the next US president. She is too ignorant.

    November 11, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. Angy

    No you are just a joke!!!!!

    November 11, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. Vernon

    It's simple really...the Congresswoman has seen her polling numbers and understands the only people left who are taking her serious..is the Press..leave her alone and she will go away

    November 11, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. CedarRapids

    "Have you ever noticed that conservatives never resort to this bush-league and petty type of behavior? '

    what total and utter nonsense.

    where were you during the town hall meetings of last year?

    where were you when the audience at the repub debate booed a serving soldier?

    November 11, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. Dr. Wendy

    She has all the answers and if you disagree with her her husband, Marcus, can magically perform his reparative therapy on you! Of course, it didn't exactly work on him...but never mind that.

    November 11, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. Judas

    Pot meet kettle. Bachmann's political career has been built entirely on ignorance and disrespect so she should be able to recognize it. I'm sure her first act as President would be to have these people investigated for anti-american activities since that's what she suggested the media should do to Congress back in 2008. According to Bachmann and other fringe Republicans free speech is only allowed if you're parroting the reich-wing dogma.

    November 11, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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