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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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. gg

    At least better than the last eight years of Bush.

    June 18, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Dr. Ken Dodd

    Facists always shine at the beginning. I've always wondered whether these right-wing nuts think they are going to BS St. Peter at the Pearly Gates with their hate-filled message. The thinking public will not stand for a Bachmann dictatorship. Enough said.

    June 18, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. SiriusVH

    I am beginning to think that Ron Paul's idea of dismantling the Department of Education may not be so bad after all. If states were free to set their own education goals and policies, the GOP states would be free to force people to study the Bible and 'Intelligent Design' while Democrat states could force people to study maths, the hard sciences and the theory of evolution. After a few decades we could then look at again the rate of unemployment in all states and check where it is higher. Alternatively, we could look at average income, by state.

    June 18, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    the same folks that like Michelle Bachmann are basically the same that would have supported Sarah Palin. Niether have a real shot at going to the White House, but they talk the stuff these folks like to hear. Plus like Palin, Bachmann has a problem not only with honesty but history as well. But I guess facts is not one of the things her supporters are really interested in hearing anyway. Just slam Obama, that's all they want to hear.

    June 18, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. gg

    I am not sure if that sounds true. Obama didn't promised either hispanic community nor black community of better live istead he promised to get bipartisan immagration reform.

    June 18, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ms. Bachmann I give you an "F" for failure because you don't speak for me . If you did you would have spoken out when the "Tea Party" marched around the country parading with the most ugliest and racist signs but you stood with them. President Obama has never exibited or tolerated any kind of racism during his campaign and todate.

    June 18, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. skytag

    Bachmann is a master of the kind of one-liners that resonate with Tea Party types, and she's good at attacking Obama, particularly with lies and misleading rhetoric. But those things won't solve our problems even they get someone elected in 2012.

    Republicans did a great job of getting elected in 2010 and what have they actually done in the past five months? They campaigned on jobs but have done nothing to help the economy since they took control of the House. Get elected on jobs and then go after abortion, Muslims, and programs that benefit poor people.

    Most of the Republican candidates have apparently signed a pledge promising to only appoint anti-abortionists to judgeships and their administrations. When Obama's nominees to the Supreme Court were being questioned prior to being confirmed Republicans were obsessed with ensuring they wouldn't inject their personal biases into rulings. When the tables are turn Republicans are signing a pledge to do exact that.

    This is not the once-honorable Republican party I remember for most of my life. *sigh*

    June 18, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. Shannon

    This woman is insane, just google her and see some of the things she has said and done. From hiding in the bushes as at pro gay protests, to telling us we would be locked up in internment camps if we filled out our census forms. She may be trying to fool everyone right now, but you can only hide crazy for so long.

    June 18, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Scott F

    She would be a good candidate in the 16th century. I wonder how long it took her to memorize that " Obama is a one term President." It was written on her hand. This woman like most of the other members of the Republican clown circus loves her country just not most of the people who live in it.-ie. Blacks, gays, poor,women,immigrants, elderly and anyone with an IQ above 6. She of course likes the 2% wealthy who pays her expenses and subsidizes her hate and ignorance.

    June 18, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. Dave R

    "It's unclear if Bachmann was aware of what was happening ..."

    And, that about sums her up.

    June 18, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. Vicki

    She is another right wing pitbull with lipstick. Her truth is dishonesty. Bachmann's appearance shows only the outside, not the dark mean and ugly inside of her. She will do well with the ignorant white people against having health care, Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. America is going downhill fast.

    June 18, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Allen

    God Help Us! Another clueless GOP candidate...what did we do to deserve this?

    June 18, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Wise1Speak

    THERE ARE THREE DECEPTIVE PURPOSES TO BACHMANN's 'LIE' WHERE SHE FALSELY STATES THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA (SELECTIVELY) PROMISED BLACKS and HISPANICS BETTER LIVES

    (1.) – First, Bachmann falsely 'insinuates' that President Obama has made a private (under the table) pledge to minorities that he would sneak Blacks and Hispanics a special treatment. By this, Bachmann is sending coded message to Whites that President Obama doesn't care about Whites which is blatantly false. Bachmann must forgot that Obama is 1/2 White.

    (2.) – With Bachmann's seed of division planted in the minds of susceptible Whites, Bachmann hopes to lure as many Progressive and Liberal Whites away from Obama to her "anti-middleclass extreme-right" Tea Party camp.

    (3.) – Bachmann knows Blacks has voted 90%-to-95% Democratic for every presidential election since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Therefore her third deceptive purpose is to chip away at the Black and Hispanic vote.

    June 18, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Livin' the good life

    Not everything that glitters is gold. That's all Ms. Backman is running for, OUR gold.

    June 18, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. PROUD, FEMALE DEM IN NC

    Horrible, stupid woman. No solutions. No plans of her own. Just bash Obama every chance she gets. Bachman/Palin = dumb and dumber. Sure hope she gets the nomination. Go Obama, 2012!!!!

    June 18, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Don

    Michelle Bachmann is very impressive and has lot's of refreshing ideas. What motivates a protester to throw glitter at someone...especially someone whom wishes the very best for all American citizens.

    June 18, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. Vanessa

    I'm a Hispanic female.. I don't feel president Obama is failing me, on the contrary, I feel he's trying his hardest 2 work for me & my community.. I won't b voting for any Republican!! This past 2 years they've focuses all their attention on bashing our president.. so disappointed. That & the fact that all Republicans seem so out of touch, has only strengthened my vote.. Obama all the way!..

    June 18, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Loubies

    The glitterati strike again!

    June 18, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. RAMBLE

    She's brilliant and right.

    June 18, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. lynn

    Her or her dozen kids apparently don't have any preexisting conditions. Her insurance through Congress provides all she needs at the moment, but not for her children as they reach adulthood. Let's see her reaction if one of them is diagnosed with cancer, heart, or other devasting illness and is turned down for insurance. She will quietly send them out of the country for free care.

    June 18, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Karen Neff

    Even dime store gems shine under the spotlight. I wouldn't get too excited. She's bound to be her own worst enemy sooner or later.

    June 18, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Jim

    What childish stunt, and people then wonder why they aren't taken seriously...

    June 18, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    The race is early and there is plenty of time for Bachmann to self destruct by saying something stupid and outrageous. It is just a matter of time for she suffers from Palin foot in the mouth disease.

    June 18, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. dina

    Just give Ms Bachman time and she will stumbled in her own idiotiotic comments. What a joke for a candidate.

    June 18, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. URJustWRong

    It's unclear if Bachmann was aware of what was happening... wow, that says it all.

    June 18, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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