Coincidence?
June 11th, 2012
03:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Coincidence?

(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who ran as a tea party favorite in her Republican presidential bid this cycle, posed outside her House office Monday with a flag widely known as a symbol for the tea party movement.

The flag stands in the spot traditionally reserved for state and U.S. flags.

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"I'm pleased to have Gadsden Flag outside my office. I remain committed to reducing size/scope of federal gov," she tweeted, along with the photo.

Also Monday, a fair number of tea party activists from across the country–in town for a conference hosted by the conservative grassroots group FreedomWorks–headed to the Hill to meet with lawmakers.


Filed under: 2012 • House • Michele Bachmann • Tea Party
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Lorelord

    Widely know as the tea party flag aye? That has been around waaaaaaaaay before then CNN. You people are so pathetic. You will do or say or make up (most of the time) anything to save your doomed Obama and smear as many Conservatives as possible. You guys are sooooo transparent.

    June 11, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. al in memphis

    How about being committed to a government that works and where elected official have to give a honest days work for a honest days pay

    June 11, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Mikey

    Gadson INSTEAD of the Stars and Stripes. Just helps confirm that the TP is anti-American. Just look at the way they address President Obama. Patriotic Americans respect the Office of the President and pay due respect even if they disagree on policy. The TP is at least 50% clueless, classless un-American trailer trash.

    June 11, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Name JR

    Administration leaks to enemies. DOJ wont provide info to citizens. Coincidence?

    June 11, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. SwissFrench

    How is madam one term president doing in her presidential campaign?

    They should question her concerning the CIA leaks because her mouth leaks very often.

    June 11, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Dan from Tx

    Being that her scope is already so limited, she should have no problem lowering the overall scope of government just by being part of it.

    June 11, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. billmeno

    There is no coincedence in politics.............CNN just trys to make a negative point about it with conservatives and ignore it when it is detrimental to the Dems.

    June 11, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Michael

    I'm a Republican It's a little difficult for me to take Ms. Bachmann seriously. She claims to want to reduce the size/scope of the government, but is willing to endorse a candidate that mandated healthcare as governor of his state. Hypocrisy?

    June 11, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Lorelord

    Widely know as the tea party flag aye? That has been around waaaaaaaaay before then CNN. You people are so pathetic. You will do or say or make up (most of the time) anything to save your doomed Obama and smear as many Conservatives as possible. You guys are sooooo transparent.
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    Does anyone understand what this person is ranting about? The article simply states that Bachmann posed in front of a flag, and noted the flag has been used in the past....by Michelle Bachmann, BTW.

    June 11, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Chris

    If this was a Democrat doing the same thing, all the right wingers would be screaming that she doesn't respect the flag and hates America.

    June 11, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    Lorelord

    Widely know as the tea party flag aye? That has been around waaaaaaaaay before then CNN. You people are so pathetic. You will do or say or make up (most of the time) anything to save your doomed Obama and smear as many Conservatives as possible. You guys are sooooo transparent.
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    Does anyone understand what this person is ranting about? The article simply states that Bachmann posed in front of a flag, and noted the flag has been used in the past....by Michelle Bachmann, BTW.

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    That's just the wingnuts looking for any excuse to vomit another word salad, Rudy. If only they had a clue.

    June 11, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Greg in Arkansas

    " I remain committed to reducing size/scope of federal gov".....how about cutting ths size of her congressional staff and give up some of the congressional perks???

    June 11, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    Chris

    If this was a Democrat doing the same thing, all the right wingers would be screaming that she doesn't respect the flag and hates America.

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    Right on Chris! SHE HATES AMERICA BECAUSE SHE WON'T POSE IN FRONT OF AN AMERICAN FLAG!!!!

    June 11, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Mikey

    If anyone in the Obama administration did this they would immediately be labeled un American. This woman is an idiot. She doesn't even know that she's married to a gay guy.

    June 11, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Moderate Independent

    Charge Bachman with treason. She had dual citizenship for years.

    June 11, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Terry

    Hmmmmm....... Doesn't have the U.S. flag outside her office, applied for citizenship in another country. And to think that during the 2008 campaign she wanted members of Congress investigated to see who was "in-American".....

    June 11, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Real media needs to investigate the underground militia members and hate groups that make up the elected republicans.

    June 11, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Texas Annie

    Dittot to what Chris said!
    "If this was a Democrat doing the same thing, all the right wingers would be screaming that she doesn't respect the flag and hates America."
    This woman is a joke. I am seriously concerned at the direction this country is taking with the "Tea Party". People need to wake up & see the Tea Party for the hate filled control freaks that it is.

    June 11, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    First, they swear an oath to Grover Norquist, and then they start phasing out the American flag and replacing it with hate group flags. Time for the GOP to go!

    June 11, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Bill

    With any luck, the electorate will wise up in the MN 6th district and send this nutjob packing. I would be embarassed if she were my representative in Congress. Let's see, she has never had one piece of legislation that she has introduced become law. How's that for ineffective representation?

    June 11, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Curt

    If Bachman wants to reduce the size of gov't, she should quit. Spent most of the last year campaigning instead of doing her job and is is so ignorant she makes Sarah Palin look smart and well read. .

    June 11, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. mcskadittle

    please Mr. Romney pick her

    Your Friend
    B. Obama

    June 11, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Pete

    How bout being committed herself,to a looney benn,she'd feel superior there,not mentally ,just politically.Some volts to her head ,wahla a Sarah Palin clone,not too much brains to be a threat,just enough to keep her heart and breathing going,ya know not much.Republican minions don't require much either,ya point em in a direction,then kick em in the butt,they're off,no stopping them,thats pathedic...They don't need brains to vote either,its evident the last two choices these idiots picked,both winners right,people in comas have more brain activity than these republican voters do..Ya tell them their republican candidate is cutting Medicare,Medicaid ,SocialSecurity,public sector union jobs,cutting things "they" need and use,but they vote for them anyway and then raise hell saying its the presidents fault,so far from the truth,but that's the republicans,they're a rare breed,people "can live without brains",republicans are perfect examples...She also has a duel citizenship,maybe after elections they'll take her full time ,we hope so for her freak husbands sake,he needs help as well....

    June 11, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. ScienceSoma

    @Lorelord – the swastika was around for millenia prior to use by Nazis, but they adopted it as their symbol and now no one recognizes it as an Indian or Buddhist symbol, they just associate it with Hitler. The Tea Party has adopted this flag as a symbol for their movement, so I think the article's citation of that and Bachmann's association with the movement are valid. (By the way, no comparison between Bachmann and Hitler intended. The analogy was to show the adoption of symbols by various movements and the public's changed perception as a result.)

    June 11, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. pm

    I have been reading many articles criticizing Obama and many, many people commenting about them negatively. At least CNN post topics and opinion pieces against tthe current Administration. The one-sided Faux News is illegally owned by a forgein billionaire who wants to peddle his right wng influennce, perpetuates Rovian lies created by the delusional paranoid right with no legitamate response from the other side. If they do have a "liberal" on thier station, they are so far out there, they make all liberals look silly and act redicules. It's a fact that most newspapers and media outlets in America are owned by the .1% and are very conservative. The notion of a "liberal press" is something akin to an urban legend. People believe it because that is what they have been told.

    June 11, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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