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. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    I think that the protestors were just trying to spare the rest of those on board from wasting their time being subjected to MB's rants...

    November 11, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Bible Clown

    Conservatives have this weird theory about how "if we were only properly informed, we'd make the same decisions they do." Yeah, right. I hear all the same stuff they hear: Rush wants the US to fail, Obama killed bin Laden, the economy's getting better, and Herman Cain bothers women, and it doesn't add up to "Mitt for President," sorry.

    November 11, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. John N Florida

    This from the same woman who cheered the Tea Party activists when they shouted down Congressmen at Town Halls across the country in 2010. The Republicans were smarter? than that. Instead of facing crowds over the Ryan Budget they passed, they PASSED on holding Town Halls. Bachmann held ONE..............in South Carolina!

    November 11, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Poipounder

    This Tea-Puke is still running?

    November 11, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Christopher

    This woman says "Ignorant" and "Disrespectful" things about my family on a daily basis. I hope to see more protest against her crazy and vile attacks on American families !!

    November 11, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. windycitybilljr

    Is she still even in this race, who cares what she says...

    November 11, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Gloria

    This should be familiar territory for Michelle and all her Tea Party cronies! Go away, Mrs. Bachmann!!

    November 11, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. JRH

    Disrespectful? Boy, oh boy Ms. B. You're one to talk about that. How about disrespecting people who disagree with you by calling them names? Pot calling kettle black if you ask me. A dose of your own ignorant, disrespectful medicine that was well deserved.

    November 11, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. ithink122

    Expresss

    Liberal Trash- can't or lack the ability to dicuss.. only call names and shout down. Typical.. These people are the same type of garbage that were spitting on our troops when they returned from Vietnam.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    You repimand liberals for calling people names and not actually discussing the topic but at the same time call them trash and garbage and don't actually address the topic at hand. The topic, in case you weren't paying attention, is that Bachmann calls the exact same type of behavior patriotic when her supporters do it and ignorant and disrespectful when her opponents do it. That's called hypocricy. Try to actually address the topic next time.

    November 11, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Shadow1967

    Good for the Protesters! I have been saying for two years that this QUACK is nothing more then a divisive force and should never ever be allowed another public forum! A Serious waste of Oxygen and even worse a terrible excuse for an American. Go back to Canada and ruin their healthcare system, ruin their economy. Just stay out of Minnesota and the rest of America you disrespectful and ignorant WITCH!

    November 11, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Frank

    So, if the protesters knew about the sacrifices made to ensure that they had First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, they would be reluctant to take advantage of those rights and express their opinions (politely, or not) to a politician asking for their vote? Such logic!

    November 11, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. JBYJ

    I'm very happy to see all the negativity given to Michelle makes me warm and fuzzy

    November 11, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Barking Alien

    Ignorant and disrespectful is something Bachmann should know all about. It's funny how outraged she acts when the same thing is done to her that she does to others. Just like the rest of the Tea Party hypocrits and lunactics.

    November 11, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. CorruptUS

    when are news agencies going to stop claiming she is a Presidential Hopeful when they say her name. There is nothing farther from the truth with her in single digit approvals and just some of the really dumb remarks she has made like $2 gas. Wow does she really think the american people are that "ignorant" that they will believe she can do that? It is mathematically impossible given economic trends for $2/gallon gas!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 11, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Golden Rule

    What ever happened to the Golden Rule? How would you like it if a dozen tea party protesters rudely interrupt a speech by Obama using a "mic check"? This event was organized for Bachmann supporters. It was NOT an open town hall meeting. The Joe Wilson interruption was very brief, and only 1 guy. This "mic check" ambush tactic takes rude interruptions to a whole new level!

    November 11, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Scott

    So when the GOP publishes posters of Obama with a bullet wound in the head, Palin uses crosshairs as a rallying point, Fox refers to Obamas Birthday party as a "hip Hop" celebration, a state senator from Colorado calls Obama a grease monkey these are examples of the fine respectful behavior of the GOP?

    Oops I forgot, they all apologized after the fact and never really meant it because the really aren't racists.

    November 11, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    This from one of the queens of ignorant and disrespectful. Good grief, how does someone who had an anti-goverment rally on the steps of the capital building in DC get to run for President. And what are we thinking that someone like this could do so?

    November 11, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. lynnej

    So they're ignorant? The one thing that she doesn't get is that they're also what she needs and that is VOTERS. They won't forget that ignorant crack and neither will I.

    November 11, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Golden Rule

    What ever happened to the Golden Rule? How would you like it if a dozen tea party protesters rudely interrupt a speech by Obama using a "mik check"? This event was organized for Bachmann supporters. It was NOT an open town hall meeting. The Joe Wilson interruption was very brief, and only 1 guy. This "mik check" ambush tactic takes rude interruptions to a whole new level!

    November 11, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. judith

    Bachmann should know ignorant when she sees it–every time she puts her make-up on she's staring it in the face.

    November 11, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Everyone should just ignore Bachmann. Her poll numbers are so low that she will soon become a mere footnote at the bottom of the page.

    November 11, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    volksmaniac, please get a room so you can be alone with your pics of Bachmann. We are not threatened by her, just appalled that anyone can see this person as capable of running anything, and we are amused by your blind support. Now run along, and be sure to close the door.

    November 11, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Nick-o

    it seems every republican is trying harder than the others to lose this election...or maybe their true colors are showing. Frankly it's more embarrassing than Palin's stump speeches 4 years ago. Obama in a landslide.

    November 11, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. kinglywarrior

    There were about 30 people at that speech, and 17 of them were protestors...by bye Michelle.

    November 11, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Wildone

    It's kind of sad that Michelle just doesn't get it. Worse than being ignorant, she is clueless to the fact that she makes herself look like an idiot every time she speaks.

    November 11, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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