November 10th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Protesters 'occupy' Bachmann foreign policy speech

(CNN) - Protesters disrupted Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's foreign policy speech in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Thursday, causing Bachmann to briefly leave the stage until the disturbance was over.

About a dozen protesters stood up and delivered a coordinated message, in a call-and-response format, which drowned out the Minnesota congresswoman's remarks.

A group calling itself Occupy Charleston claimed credit for the disruption, but in a message on its website said Bachmann was not the target of the action.

"She is a representative of the institutional and legal corruption that has infected our country - a system of corruption that values profit over people and is driven by the financial interests of the few against the many," the message read.

One of the protesters chanted, "We have a message for Ms. Bachmann" and the line was repeated by the group in unison.

The noise level aboard the historic aircraft carrier USS Yorktown increased when Bachmann supporters yelled at the protesters to sit down but they continued, saying, "Blaming people that disagree with you, unpatriotic socialists… this does not help the American people."

The Occupy group chanted "We are the 99 percent" as they disembarked the aircraft carrier.

Bachmann appeared shaken as a police officer escorted her off the stage, but she returned a few minutes to finish her speech.

"Don't you just love the First Amendment? It's great, we have a great country and I want to thank you all for your understanding," she said.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. James

    This ticks me off. I really really dislike Bachman, but being disruptive is extremely counter productive and turns people against the cause. To protest is fine, but don't disrupt. The moment you do, the message is lost.

    November 10, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. eugene

    Michele Bachmann is an extremist idiot that spews hatred and does not believe in science. She is the face of the Republican party and her family recieves farm subsidies from the Federal Government that we pay for, but she would like to eliminate Social Security and Medicare like all Republicans that are against the middle class, and only care about keeping tax breaks for the rich.

    November 10, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. TEW

    That was priceless!! Like the "Wizard of Oz" moment when the evil witch was hit with a bucket of water! "I'm melting"

    November 10, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. LegendRx

    Everything here is in order, another battle won, the republican leadership machines are being dismantled everywhere. Hidden soldiers are down in the trenches and doing a great work. Well done 99%, Well done.

    November 10, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Will

    So many Democrats posting, so few Republicans.

    Of course that's because Republicans are busy being productive members of society, while Democrats are busy trying to live off of others productivity.

    And in case you were wondering, I am posting on my day off.

    November 10, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. c'mon america

    There is so many facts and information out there , not to mention history . Feel in your heart . Know in your head .

    November 10, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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