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. Bill

    The difference Michelle baby is that you deserve all the things said about you, because you spew lies, hate and vitriol. Can't take your own medicine. What a loser. I may run in the MN 6th district. I am sure I could beat you.

    March 5, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. James

    Too bad those attacking the right don't do a little research about Fluke. She is an activist. She made herself a public figure by testifying. She wanted to be in the spotlight. Now it is poor me to being criticized. Rush was wrong in his attack but Fluke was inaccurate in her statements. She could easily received her pills via any mainstream pharmacy or health clinic for 10 dollars.

    March 5, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There were many, myself included, that did go over the line in attacking Palin and her children and many other women. I wish to offer my heart felt apology for my rude, vicious and unwarranted attacks.

    March 5, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. @OmegaRaiel

    Bachmann's fans are likely Rush listeners, and therefore, not upset by misogyny. That's why Republicans aren't getting upset for her.

    March 5, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Mike from Calgary

    I despise Limbaugh BUT he knows nothing about Fluke, so I have to assume that his outrageous remarks were not directed at Fluke (fortified in that conclusion by his subsequent apology) but rather to focus attention on the Federal Deficit, the forced extraction of Tax Dollars from Americans and their misuse to fight undeclared wars on other Countrries to preemptively destroy WMDs or to apply funds in other ways which many deem unconscionable – eg the war on Religion.
    Kudos to Limbaugh for focusing attentiopn on how the US Government wastes tax dollars and American lives (eg on Bush's Iraq War) in ways that millions of taxpayers deem unconscionable!

    March 5, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. jk from MN

    Michele – The DIFFERENCE between attacks on you and attacks on a citizen who testified at a Congressional event is that Ms Fluke up until last week was not a public figure. Rush had no business calling her the name he did and then to double down and go sleazy asking her to post videos. In your case, when you say the outrageous things that you have said in the past in your public role as a representative of Minnesota, I'm sorry, you are leaving yourself open to public criticism. In my opinion, you are a constant embarrasment to voters of the state of Minnesota and I hope your district wakes up and votes you out in November.

    March 5, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. glennrobert

    Fluke is not a public figure and I am sure she knows a good lawyer!

    March 5, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Jim in San Mateo

    When Limbaugh spews forth, it is lies, deceit, hatred and ignorance. Much as the contents of your speeches. When people are outraged and call you on it, they just want the truth. Something you routinely ignore because it doesn't benefit you.

    March 5, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    RandyIA, are you really that obtuse or are you just playing to the right wing crowd? The guy on the radio is a public figure who makes gazillions inflaming and dividing with "a public voice". Ms. Fluke is a private citizen who chose to speak before congress about health issues. She was articulate, respectful and courteous. The guy with the radio show slandered and libeled her with his inflammatory remarks that had nothing to do with her testimony before congress and everything to do with misogynistic bullying and attempting to intimidate a private citizen in an effort to silence her. THAT is the difference.

    March 5, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. RandyIA

    How can you appear before congress and not be a public figure?

    March 5, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. baycap

    Once again, Ms.Bachmann verbally demonstrates that she just doesn't get it. No balance, little wonder she had to drop out so early.

    March 5, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. kayla

    michelle, are you trying to be relevant? lol

    March 5, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Wanderer

    The content or what you mean in what you are saying is more important than the sound of the word, Mrs. Bachmann !

    March 5, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. RandyIA

    To Malory Archer
    I didn't ask about the differences in remarks. I agree Rush may have been over the top. My statement was about the position each person was in. My point is, if you appear before congress, like it or not you are a public figure.

    For all of the Rush bashers out there, I bet his rating have been up considerably, because everybody will want to hear what he says next. He will have no problem getting advertisers.

    March 5, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. roro

    So how come, Bachmann, you're not raising your voice against the statements made by that pig? And that "poor choice of words" excuse by both Rush and you is certainly not a real apology. BTW – when a public figure like yourself embarrasses him/herself with untruths, stupid gaffes, and historical mistakes, blowback should be expected.

    March 5, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    The people on the left can be pretty rude and crude too, myself included. We need to be more civiled and nice to others.

    March 5, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. AF

    Big difference here, Michelle. You are a public figure, and you yourself have been the source of much venom over the airwaves. You don't deserve the respect the very civil Ms. Fluke deserves.

    March 5, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Jo7n

    People what do you expect from a woman who said women should be submissive to thier husbands? Michelle Bachmann is living in the 19th century. She thinks Limbaugh would make a great husband.

    March 5, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |

    I see she still thinks she relevant. . .

    March 5, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. wgf

    Is she kidding ? She's equating her status as an elected politician and Presidential candidate to that of a college student/private citizen who wanted to testify before congress ?

    March 5, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. T'sah from Virginiia

    If she needed and wanted all that free contraceptives I'm sure she's a VERY public person!

    March 5, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Obama Cares

    You got no less than you poured out, especially against President Obama. Had you take a saner approach and kept a low profile (even if you were a candidate) you would have gotten more respect. As for ne, you got what you earned.

    March 5, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Hilda

    Poor Michelle doing cart-wheels and screaming LOOK AT ME–I'M STILL HERE. Given how that worked for Palin, you should be wiser. Ed Rollins did say you were smarter (by about 3 brain cells, it looks like).

    March 5, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. ddblah

    Yes, compare yourself to a student. Good God. You call yourself a leader??

    March 5, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. dallas123

    Being woman and supporting the most Anti-women commentor and who happens to have married 4-times. Tells the Bachmann character. Why men (Catholics priest or others) should choose what is important for Women, let Women choose & vote for it. Don't go by religion or conservative/liberal, let all women vote for it.

    March 5, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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