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

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. BLKMANinAmerica

    WOW..............................so she is at the point where "it's do what I say and be happy I let you live", seems to me she is one who is ignorent and def NOT a "leader".

    November 11, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Dr.K.

    Hmmm, because they protest you calling your political foes socialists they are ignorant of sacrifices that veterans make. Impeccable logic.

    November 11, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. v_mag

    I think we should redefine 'ignorant'. From now on, 'ignorant' will mean one who ignores Bachmann. You know, the less said about Ms. Bachmann the better.

    November 11, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Alright, can anyone cite ONE thing Bachmann has done to deserve a shot at the Presidency? Any legislative accomplishments? Committee assignments? Any crafting of policy?

    Anything? OK, nothing to see here, move along.

    November 11, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. USVET

    I am a vet, unlike you Michelle. And I fought to allow everyone to voice their opinion in this country, even ignorant people like you. Guess Republicans do not like it when people come to their meetings and disrupt them...but they LOVE it when the tea baggers would come to Democrat's meetings and do it to them. Hypocrisy at its finest...what I do not understand, is how some people actually get votes to be senators...

    November 11, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Bill

    The only ignorant person here is Michelle Bachmann. The first amendment covers the right to express your opinions, and that is what the protesters were doing. They were exercising the very right that Michelle Bachmann was pretending to promote! Can she get any clueless? Apparently, the answer is: yes.

    November 11, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. sortakinda

    "But you know someday hopefully they'll come to know the price that was applied." WHAT is that supposed to mean? Does this IDIOT want YET ANOTHER WAR? Stupid, stupid woman.

    November 11, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. jnh

    There is a time and place for protest. Shouting someone down who is trying to give a speech is oppression of free speech.

    November 11, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Ted

    She is a complete idiot, power hungry just like all of the other GOP candidates. We the People means nothing to the GOP.

    November 11, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Willyboy

    Bwahahahaha..... This woman has the temerity to call ANYone ignorant? This woman who thinks the HPV vaccine causes brain damage? This woman who thinks slaver was "a good thing"? This woman who believes the Earth is at most 6,000 years old? This woman who thinks you can pray away the gay? *THIS* woman dares to call ANYone ignorant? Bwahahahaha....

    November 11, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    You are definitely part of the problem, not the solution! Please take your hate filled posts over to Faux where they belong.
    =========================================================================================
    And let you lying puke libtards have free run of this blog to spew your lies and self delusion? Not a chance in the world "FLIndependent" (yeah, right... independent! Like I said, LIES!)

    November 11, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. RedMan

    "Max Powers

    No soldier since WWII can claim that they defended the first Amendment. All our wars since then have been wars of aggression."

    Dude that is the most profound post I have read.... Be careful though, the sheep won't like a comment so filled with truth about "the beacon of freedom"....

    November 11, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. ED FL

    It takes ignorance to recognize ignorance. This Talking head has no idea what goes on in the real world. the voters in Minnesota has gotten ripped off big time.She hasn't said anything logical since she thought she could run for President, with the baggage of her and her husband it appears the whole Bachmann Clan needs to be admitted to the funny farm. I am sure she would find some way to get a subsidie for agriculture to support her clan just like all the government funds her and her husband that teaches Gays to get Ungayed.

    November 11, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. lauradet

    Coming from a BIRTHER who thinks she can "pray the gay away" Bachmann is the only "ignorant" person in the room.

    November 11, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Bible Clown

    "And let you lying puke libtards have free run of this blog to spew your lies and self delusion?" Aw, he's a liberal in disguise making gops look bad. Can't you tell by how over-the-top crazy he is? Nobody's THAT deluded.

    November 11, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. mfx3

    What better way to honor the First Amendment than by exercising it? Bachmann should learn that we all have to sleep in the beds we make...

    November 11, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. DudeRanch

    go climb back under your rock Bachmann. your 15 minutes was up a long time ago.

    November 11, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Concerned American Citizen

    "I was surrounded by heroes yesterday on the USS Yorktown who paid a big price..." Yea and it wasn't just the vets. Those young people have also paid a HIGH price to pay for continued war effort US has been wagging and the wars that Michele Bachmann wants to continue to wag. Michelle Bachmann stated that she wants smaller government but then turns around and proposes a bill that would require doctors to do ultrasounds on woman and force woman to listen to their baby's heartbeat before being ALLOWED to legally get an abortion. She states she thinks the government should get out of the way of businesses but wants government to get in the way of who gets to get married.

    Talk about a hypocrite!

    November 11, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. David Williams

    Michelle Bachmann, the biggest blowhard of a Presidential candidate ever, represents everything wrong with the Teabaggers and the Repugs. Disrespect??? Really??? How about this for disrespect, I think you need to stick with something you're probably better at than politics, like bobbing for apples. Put that mouth to a better use!

    November 11, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. SCAtheist

    @RedMan – that is absolutely true. signed Marine Vet

    November 11, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Lies and self delusion? Lying puke libtards? Are you sure Mom and Dad have allowed you on this long?

    November 11, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. clarke

    Oh yes freedom of speech. How about some common respect along with your freedoms.

    November 11, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Loathstheright

    Funny, that that ignorant piece of Reichwing trash calls anyone else ignorant.

    November 11, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. FLIndependent

    "Hey, libs...as bad as Bachmann seems, she would make a much better president than the idiot we currently have."
    _______________________

    How so? Please give us reasons, not just your hateful drivel. It would be a dream come true for "libs" to have Bachmann debate our President.

    November 11, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. K3Citizen

    Typical republican hypocrite.

    November 11, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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