Bachmann excites RightOnline crowd, involved in glitter incident
June 18th, 2011
04:37 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann excites RightOnline crowd, involved in glitter incident

Minneapolis (CNN) - After emerging to Katy Perry's hit song "Firework," Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann received a rock star reception from Internet-savvy conservatives attending the RightOnline conference in Minneapolis on Saturday.

She also appears in a new video that claims she was doused with glitter just after her speech.


"Welcome to my home. Welcome to my home state," the Minnesota congresswoman told the crowd. Then, she proceeded to give supporters what they wanted: humor and anti-President Barack Obama red meat.

Commenting on her participation in last week's first 2012 presidential debate in New Hampshire - sponsored by CNN, WMUR and the New Hampshire Union Leader - Bachmann elicited laughs by joking: "I had a little case of the nerves before I went up there. And it really was centered on the fact that I thought they might ask the candidates the question: boxers or briefs? What's a girl supposed to do?"

From there, it was no laughing matter.

After also joking, "Maybe we can just take a vote right here and get the primary over with," the newly minted presidential candidate lashed into the president's policies and popularity.

"Right now, President Obama is enjoying some of the lowest approval ratings of his presidency," Bachmann said.

There was no mention of her own low standing in recent predebate polls. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, conducted June 3-7, showed Bachmann in seventh place, with 4%, behind the likes of Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

During her speech, Bachmann reiterated several lines of political attack she's frequently used: That the president will only see one term; that liberals are "afraid" of the Tea Party movement; and that, if elected president, she'd repeal "Obamacare."

But Bachmann also restated what appears to be a new and unusual line of political attack potentially meant as a message for minorities.

"The president promised the African-American community, he promised the Hispanic community, that he would make their lives better. And that is what we want for every American," Bachmann said.

"This president isn't working. He's failing the Hispanic community. He is failing the African-American community. He's failing all of us," she continued.

Meanwhile, it appears that a protestor tried to make Bachmann yet another presidential candidate to be doused with glitter – after recent, similar incidents involving former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Video freshly posted to YouTube shows a female approaching the stage just as Bachmann began to exit, and tossing glitter.

As a security guard rushed to withdraw the woman, she seems to have shouted, "You can run but you can't hide."

It's unclear if Bachmann was aware of what was happening or if any glitter actually fell on her.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • RightOnline
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. JWR

    It's hard to believe we have anti-Americans such as Bachmann running for office. In my opinion, she is just another money, limelight seeking, deceitful person from a party that resembles fascism. Just look at what is happening in Wisconsin. These people talk about the Constitution, which they don't know or honor, while speaking of amending it. They want to deny the same rights the Constitution and Bill of Rights promote. Never do they mention the middle class and how stagnant middle class wages are, but continue to promote more wealth for the wealthy. These jokers are the real enemies of America. I can't believe many people in America are taking them seriously as honest and sincere Americans. They want to enslave all of America; the total American society will be slaves to their hateful, distorted and deceitful views. In my opinion they haven't met a lie they don't like!

    June 18, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    All that sparkles is NOT gold.

    June 18, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Larry King

    There's lipstick on this pig.

    June 18, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Indy

    Let us know when this want to be "Cackler in Cheif" has something to do with middle class and quits the so tiredsome junior high school chant of "Obama is a one term President" which prooves there is no such thing as Intellegent Design. She lost a couple hundred million peoples interest in her campaign when she started poking her Government nose in the education system.

    June 18, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And does Ms. Bachmann have permission to use Katy Perry's song? Last time a Republican Candidate tried using a popular song, they were hit with royalty fees for failure to get the usage rights.

    June 18, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. 4merRepubCT

    Well, here we go – first the Repugs brought us class warfare, then the war against women, now they want to stir up racial and ethnic division. This is the most divisive group I've seen in my thirty-five years as a voter. But it gets worse from there! So far, all they've done is complain that nothing the current administration does is doing anyone any good, but they've failed to produce pragmatic, reasonable alternatives. When will the whining end, and a demonstration of leadership potential begin?

    June 18, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. jackal & jester

    It is hard for me to do my job if the others around me don't do theirs. The same can be said about the president. He can't get anything done since the congress is not doing their job.

    June 18, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Rasheed

    One: pretty lame humor referring to boxers vs. briefs. Two: Liberals and other smart people aren't afraid of the Tea Party movement. They're just very, very concerned about the dumbing down of America and the rise of stupidity that it embodies.

    June 18, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. MaryAnne

    She got glittered. Just proves that all that glitters is not gold.

    June 18, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. out of work

    I like Bachamann for America

    June 18, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Linda

    I am sorry but this woman has nothing to give to America- she is so shallow – all she is is anti Obama- she's going to repeal the best health care reform for the people of America in decades to do what to help us? She has no idea anything to do – just how to hype up a right wing crowd who just want anything that Obama does vilified, no matter how good it is for the people of this great nation . It is a sad state in our nation that this woman is even mildly considered as presidential material. God Bless Us

    June 18, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Debbie

    She's an idiot! The president's approval ratings have jumped up, they are certainly not at his lowest at this time. Her problem is she has her same old talking points that she's "memorized" and spouts them off verbatim every time she's in front of a crowd or a camera.

    June 18, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. cteckyw

    Sure it was glitter and not a magic powder? Mystical Michele and Simple Sarah for co-Presidents 2012.

    June 18, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. George

    Mark my words. You heard it here first. Bachmann is going to be the GOP VP nominee.

    June 18, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Name king

    The repugs claims that corporations have almost 2'trillion dollars in other countries aand because of obama's high taxes they won't bring it to America. Hers are these guys stressing shouting sacrifice for the middle class on one and defending big corporations paying taxes off their trillions of dollars to other countries while our country slip down the toilet. How do these people sleep at night. Furthermore these corporations are strategic planners, they are not reactive and hiding from the tax man, as the repugs would like you to think. If they have trillions of dollars in other countries they are a mini g to invest and hire
    foreigners. They think that America has topped out and their are no more room to grow in America, a matter of fact they think America is on the decline so it wouldn't be good business investing here. They want to be the first ones to claim their stake in a up and coming country, and like in stocks, the ones who come first has every one else branch off of them, Welcome to the new corporate world order folks. Thats why they want to hire Romney as president because that's what Romney has been doing for years, these other right wing lunatics they're just using as pawns to repeat the same talking points over and over and over again, until the most gullible in our country take the bate, just like last
    election. I wonder why they trust the oil giants and the insurance companies so much to run our country, when they know they will rape the american people every chance they get.

    June 18, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. JohnRJohnson

    This woman is an embarrassment to our government and our political processes. Her ignorance of US history is only surpassed by her lack of understanding of economics, geography and the Constitution. She's a homophobic, anti-government, anti-middle class, anti-science creationist who has managed to fool her constituents into thinking she's worthy of their votes. The only person running for president who is more dangerous is Ron Paul, who is a utopian libertarian that wants to take the country back to the middle of the 19th century.

    June 18, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Conservative Liberal

    After she presented her CV at the recent NH debate, I was shocked (well, not really) to read recently that she thinks "intelligent design" should be taught in schools along side Darwin's theory of the evolution of species by natural selection. I hope the law school at William and Mary has tightened their admissions standards to include some rudimentary biological science education since admitting her in 1986. What an embarrassment to them! Even lawyers need to understand basic science. Yikes!

    June 18, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. mjw

    African-Americans and Hispanics will not soon forget the "I want my country back" from the likes of Michele Bachman and her Tea Party friends. Her attempt to reach out falls flat as everyone knows it is not real. Who does she want to take America from and back to what? Slavery and Jim Crow? Dream on!!! As much as they like to tarnish President Obama and burn him at the stake, he will survive because he is an honest decent man and the type of attacks they have done to him will not soon be forgotten. We minorities are taking it in strides until the right time comes. Also we never get polled.

    June 18, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Brian

    Bachmann has never been aware of what was happening.

    June 18, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. Coffee Party Member

    Another seven-week-wonder politician with high-sounding-nothing hot air based on dogma, misinformation and empty rhetoric.

    June 18, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. Guest

    Liberals are not afraid of the Tea Party. We find them, and you Miss B., amusing, simple, racist, and anti-american. We took our country back from you and your cronies at the last presidential election and we will keep this country!! If anyone is afraid it is you and your simpleton minions.

    June 18, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. jim

    her "truthfullness" record is despicable. check the politifact web site. she's not even remotely believable.

    June 18, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. CaliforniaBC

    Oh NO! Glitter...what water is to the Wicked Witch of the East, Glitter is to Republicans/Tea partiers...LOL!!

    June 18, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. kd

    This woman is sickening. She reflects the worst of America. I am embarrassed to be from the same country as this dangerous, hateful, evil woman.

    June 18, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Frank

    I did not like her before the debates, thought she had crazy eyes. However, the more they hate on her the more I like her! Besides, she seems to be one of the few who really mean what they say. Plus she is pro-life and has fostered 23 children and had 5 of her own. So they can't ding her for being a phony who only cares for the unborn and not for children who are born and living tough lives.

    June 18, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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