Bachmann on Limbaugh: Where's the outrage?
March 5th, 2012
04:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Bachmann on Limbaugh: Where's the outrage?

(CNN) – Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Monday pointed to partisanship in the uproar over Rush Limbaugh's comments about a female law student, saying top conservative women face similar "vitriol" but receive far less attention.

"I have gone through myself, and experienced, more things said about me and I have never seen this level of outrage on the left about what left-leaning commentators said about me," Bachmann said in an interview set to air Monday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

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The Minnesota congresswoman added that for a conservative woman, "it seems like there is no level of vitriol that's beyond the pale."

"I've been on the receiving end of it. We all know Governor Palin has been on the receiving end of it. You don't see this level of outrage," Bachmann said. "You certainly don't see advertisers cutting back."

Limbaugh apologized Saturday after calling the law student, Sandra Fluke, a "slut" and a "prostitute" following her appearance advocating for contraception coverage at a Democratic hearing last month.

His comments sparked an uproar of criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike, as well as a swarm of advertisers who pledged to take their business elsewhere.

On Monday, Bachmann said the main take-away from Limbaugh's comments was that people should be more careful in their choice of words.

"That's what we should learn out of all of this, is that on both sides, we want to pay attention to what we're saying," Bachmann said.

The full interview will air Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Michele Bachmann • Rush Limbaugh • TV-Piers Morgan
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I have never seen this level of outrage on the left about what left-leaning commentators said about me," Bachmann said
    That's because what they said was true, and rated-G.

    March 5, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. well, there's that....

    Elected politician vs private citizen. Crazy vs noncrazy....

    March 5, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Does she understand two significant differences? I guess not.

    1. Fluke is a private citizen. Bachmann is a public figure. The bars are set a little differently in each case.
    2. Bachmann dishes out nearly the same vitriol, "gangster administration". Fluke testified and attacked no one.

    March 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    "I have gone through myself, and experienced, more things said about me and I have never seen this level of outrage on the left about what left-leaning commentators said about me,"

    Again, playing the victim card. When will these "pin-up" girls in the republican party realize 1) they are only being used to appeal to men; and 2) they are mean spirited, evil and fouled mouthed women who create their own downfall.
    Right now, she is just trying to get some more limelight before the lights are permantely turned off on her and I hope that is REAL soon.

    March 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. PTNY

    Michelle, I agree. However, the men that makeup the party (R) you're in and the voters of your party have shown loud and clear in the past weeks just how much they respect women.

    It's a real eye opener.

    March 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. mrindependent

    This lady continues to baffle me. I don't recall anyone using such strong offensive language against her or Sarah Palin. The most they have said about these women is that they are dumb, which more or less is true.

    March 5, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Matt

    Waaah waaah waaah Bachmann, poor you. Such a hypocrite! You have been one of the leading culprits of saying horribly nasty things about your opponents and then demanding apologies the second that anyone says anything at all negative about you. Palin has been the same way.
    Also, it's not just you two and conservative women though. Hillary has been getting it for 2 decades, Elizabeth Warren is getting it after just a few months, Ferraro got it back in the day. Open your eyes and try to see the big picture for once.
    Finally, the big difference here is that Rush stepped well over a line that has not been stepped over before

    March 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Michele, Michele, Michele. Rush lied about the issue, the student, and federal law. Yet you think he merely needs to be careful in his choice of words.

    March 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Russ

    Desperate attempt to ger her name back in the news.......notice that no one cares what she says anymore?

    March 5, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. dan5404

    Sorry, Michelle, but this attempt at comparing what was said about you and what Limbaugh said failed. This extremist windbag needs to lose all his sponsors and be taken off the air. Of course, we all know they would never fire him because they have a right-wing agenda too.

    March 5, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. The Film Professor

    Aaagggh. I thought Bachmann had gone away. But she's baaaackkkk. Her problem is a very basic lack of intelligence, not her gender.

    March 5, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Bryan

    I have to admire this woman's ability to take an issue and turn it into something about her. Why is it so hard for someone who claims to have so much 'common sense' simply state "What Rush said was inexcusable, he doesn't speak for the Republican party and he should apologize". I think her last statement that everyone should watch their words more carefully is right on the money.

    March 5, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    Wonder why we have never heard of the examples Bachmans says exist?
    Because she is liying again – as are all of the radical right who are barking about that "claim".
    O'Reilly is LYING!
    Enough of the GOP/Tea-baggs TRUTHINESS – THEY MUST PROVE IT!

    March 5, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. John

    This right there Is way you should lose your seat In Congress. The people of Minnesota should not reelected you back to your seat. You are about the most hateful person ,you just hate everyone.

    March 5, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Kris Craig

    SERIOUSLY, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW ANNOYING THIS IS!!!!!! THINK OF HOW ANNOYING THIS ALL-CAPS POST IS, THEN MULTIPLY THAT BY A THOUSAND. THAT'S HOW ANNOYING YOUR SILENT, INEFFECTIVE WORDPRESS FILTERING IS! IT'S POOR ARCHITECTURE AND IT STYMIES OPEN DISCUSSION. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!!!!................ A news organization that claims to value free speech and open dialogue should know better. Plus this filter is catching stuff that even the most uptight person wouldn't find the least bit offensive. You REALLY need to fix this!

    March 5, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    "That's what we should learn out of all of this, is that on both sides, we want to pay attention to what we're saying," Bachmann said.

    It would be nice if she followed her own advice for once.

    March 5, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. demogoat

    Rush signed an 8 year $800,000,000.00 contract with Clear Channel. You are not going to hurt him in the pocket book. His sponsors pay Clear Channel. Just goes to show Rick was right when he said you don't need a college degree to make it big. But a college degree might make you stop putting your foot in your mouth. The only thing that Rush got right, was Sandra appeared before a congressional panel. The rest is made for radio trash talk, no truth, all fiction. The same thing you get every day from Rush.

    March 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Cyrus

    Michele, the worst thing the left said about you was that you a disingenuous liar who fabricates information to make political points. You are a pseudo-conservative, as you know nothing about conservative philosophies. You are the worst kind of politician – an uneducated one. The point is, all that is true. Even many people from your own party has called you on your nonsense. No, Madam, you are not a victim. If someone from the left called you such names that Mr. Limbaugh has bestowed up Ms. Fluke, I assure you that many men and women on the left would be outraged and voice their support for you. A liberal newspaper like NYT even defended you when liberals crossed the line. MSNBC suspended Ed Schultz when he called Laura Ingram names. No one suspends O'Reilley or Limbaugh or Hannity for their rubbish and name calling.

    March 5, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. mike in sioux falls

    The problem is that Bachman and Palin sought to lead this country. They are public figures and they are liars. There is nothing wrong with calling these fools fools. The level that Limbaugh sank to with his miserable slander and hypocrisy was uncalled for and I sincerely hope I never hear anymore from any of the three again.

    March 5, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So what if women are attacked. If they want to get out in front and play rough and tumble politics, then be prepared for the contact. Cry babies...

    March 5, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Jules

    Ms. Bachman should remember that she has sought the public eye by running for office, including running for president. she opens herself to critique and comments and some unflattering. This young woman was trying to make a point about women's health issues. They are not the same thing. Where is her outrage, indeed, where is the outrage of the GOP leadership.

    March 5, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, et all: all play the professional conservative victim card whenever they get called out. Its nauseating, but predictable.

    March 5, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. CO

    Wow this woman makes everything about her and play the victim, like the kid who things no one loves her. And she was running for president. As a president you are an easier target, even people on the same party can just turn against you. If this is how she was planning to run the most powerful country in this planet, I think it would be chaotic!

    March 5, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    ►"I have gone through myself, and experienced, more things said about me and I have never seen this level of outrage on the left about what left-leaning commentators said about me,◄


    1. The things most likely said about you were true.
    2. You have your RIGHT media out there taking up for you, including Beck and Limbaugh
    3. When commentators from the LEFT say “anything” out of character of the network, they “immediately” apologize and some are even “suspended” and/or fired from the network.

    Bachmann, you forget there was an outrage on both sides – LEFT and RIGHT. Also, the difference between women from the LEFT and RIGHT is that women on the right – even though this is changing a lot lately – live in the 18th Century and they allow their men to keep them there; we’re NOT having it and will speak LOUDLY about it.

    But Bachman, just like Palin, need “Not to Worry” because just like Palin is irrelevant – Soon you will be also when you lose your reelection battle!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    March 5, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. RandyIA

    A couple of things need to be said here.

    Even though Rush is on the radio. He is a private citizen, with a public voice. He is not a politician.
    Once Fluke made her statements publcily, she is in the same world Rush is in, open to the same agreements and criticism he is. What it he different between what he said about her, and the names people are now calling him.

    March 5, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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