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. Rev Mkell,

    When the Tea Party stood up and shouted down candidates in the last election she called them true Americans and patriots! Now that it happens to her they are ignorant and disrespectful!

    November 11, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. kenny

    I am appalled that this fool would call the protesters ignorant and disrespectful when our Vets fought and died for them to have the freedom to demostrate and protest. I think If she looks into a miror she will see true ignorance and disrespect.

    November 11, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Wildone

    In 1968 I didn't serve my country as a member of the US Army to defend the 1st Amendment right to free speech. I served my country because I was drafted.

    November 11, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Terry Vann

    I looked up "ignorant and disrespectful" and there was a picture of Michelle.
    You can also find the picture with the word "liar" and "do-nothing".

    I for one, am just plain sick of the deceitful, lying ignorant member of Congress.

    November 11, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. allens

    wow, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. next to palin, she is the biggest fool in the world

    November 11, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. LarsWV

    Hey "Democrat Party – leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA"... did you not see the town hall meetings where tea party folk were completely disrespectful, and definitely ignorant? Give me a break... And there's 3 Stooges on the right as well, with Boehner, Cantor and McOnnell (with Ryan thrown in making him a poor-man's Shemp).

    And Michele B, re: the protesters: Disrespectful? Yes. Ignorant? Hardly.

    November 11, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Real Patriot

    Respectful huh?

    Did you tell that to the Teabaggers who disrupted Town Halls two summers ago Michelle? What about the knotheads who brought loaded weapons to political rallies-were they being "Respectful"?-

    You and your cronies are nothing but hypocrites and your fifteen minutes is up...

    Look around you Michelle-last Tuesday voters across the country rejected your extremism. Iowa can't come fast enough-after that you will slip back under your rock like your colleague Palin...

    November 11, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Democratic Party- blah blah blah: So, if a conservative shouts someone down, is that wrong too? If a group of conservatives shouts down a Democratic candidate, is that a good thing? What happened to the 1st Amendment, or is there to be some kind of ideological test? You would have done so well in the any totalitarian state, since its clear you hate democracy and hate the free exercise of opinion.

    November 11, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. DavidE7

    What does the First Amendment have to say about the situation where two people want to be heard at the same time?

    November 11, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. jk371

    Please MN, vote her out! She's caused enough trouble. Unless you are proud of her and who she represents.

    November 11, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. roscoe

    Sarah Palin seems to have cleared the bowl and is now residing in the septic tank.....Michele continues to cling to the bowl but a few more flushed will send her to her tea bagging heaven with Sarah.

    November 11, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Thor

    Those who are commenting negatively... and mind you I'm not voting for her... I don't think; would not have a clue about what she has accomplished, what hard work she has done, nor have any idea about how really smart she is. But... go ahead, throw out second rate comments that have no bearing on the case at hand, and merely steep yourselves in ignorant bliss ... spewing hate and stupidity from your hole in your face.

    November 11, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Reload

    Bachmann pretty much got it right. She had been invited to speak at an event. It was her turn and some ill-mannered, low-life trash decided to butt in. What's happened to dialogue?

    November 11, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    SixDegrees, thanks for keeping this civil. Its refreshing.

    November 11, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. stoptheh8te

    Hmm ... this from a woman who repeatedly disrespects the POTUS. I also like the way she "thanks" the military for giving us the right of free speech as if each one of them agree with her. I'm a vet and don't agree with her on any issues. She IS entertaining, but not qualified to run the country.

    November 11, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Jack from Illinois

    What goes around, comes around. Bachmann PRAISED the Tea Party hooligans who disrupted town hall meeting, defending their boorish behavior as 'an exercise in free speech'.

    Praised them? – Now she's their champion, the Tea Party candidate for President, self-annointed head of the TP caucus in Congress – and when their own tactics are turned upon her, she not only whines about it (apparently totally oblivious of her own hypocrisy) but tries to change the subject and hide behind the sacrifices of our military, i.e., trying to turn the people's irritation with HER nonsense into an attack upon the brave men and women of our military. The lying coward.

    With any luck, after November 2012, she will be NOTHING more than a retired Congressman unable even to be elected to her local sanitary district board.

    November 11, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Ron

    As a veteran, I'd like to know how Ms Bachmann knows that no one has explained to these "ignorant" people the origins of the first amendment? What's ignorant is saying things as Ms Bachmann does without knowing anything about what you just said.

    November 11, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Thor

    Hey Maine Liberal! Do you even know who was killed with that first shot in Concord?

    November 11, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Joe from Ohio

    In other words, "understand the !st amendment" just don't USE it if you disagree with Ms Bachmann

    November 11, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Debbie

    Michele, Michele, Michele. You say the most bizarre, untrue things in the name of free speech, and then when someone calls you on your mistakes (lies), you attack them.
    Trust me, you have been spouting all sorts of nonsense without much back talk. That is all over now. Get used to it.

    November 11, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Josiah

    This from a person who proposed cutting or eliminating benefits for disabled vetrans!

    November 11, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. AL in West Palm Beach

    Does she own a mirror?

    November 11, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    Reload, I felt pretty much the same way about the Tea Party types 2 years ago: what happened to dialogue? It was flushed down the tubes the day Limbaugh said he hoped Obama would fail. The GOP vacated their responsibility as a working opposition when they refused to endorse their own ideas that Obama incorporated into his proposals. Its the height of irresposibility to vote down your own proposals and ideas becasue they have been adpoted by the opposition: in essence, the GOP won the debate on healthcare because most everything in there was an idea they endorsed or came up with. Dialogue has gone the way of the dodo because the GOP does not want dialogue.

    November 11, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. wonderwall

    Bachmann is just another talking head stooge. Her "Christian" counseling business wants to reform Gays. Step down with Cain and the rest of the un-hopefuls.

    November 11, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Sorensen

    She is an ignorant, simple, little, low-level ex-IRS employee who should just go home and help her equally stupid
    husband turn gay people straight!!??

    November 11, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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