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. Slim

    Oops, the First Amendment!

    November 10, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Patriot Awesome

    Rickster – I think you protest too much about the limp-wristed. Perhaps you've ingested too much Santorum.

    November 10, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Rambling Parry

    Get all the Republican traitors out of office. Let the countdown begin.

    November 10, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Sorensen

    They should just leave the little, naive ex-IRS low level employee alone. The more she talks, the more it is obvious
    that she is totally stupid.

    November 10, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. one voice

    Can Michele see Russia from Her backyard also?

    November 10, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. RDNinja

    Remember, nothing says "Democracy" like drowning out the opposing viewpoint

    November 10, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. G D

    Seems like anyone concerned with facts instead of hyperbole would naturally disagree with Bachmann on many things. She's as uniformed as she is inflamatory.

    November 10, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Larry L
    Way to tell 'em Larry. Very well said. Thank you.

    November 10, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ stan chaz: BRAVO!!!!

    November 10, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Shawn in MD

    This woman really HAS a FORIEGN POLICY? You got be kidding me!

    November 10, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Lee

    lol did you see the look on her face? Absolutely priceless

    November 10, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Marcus

    Rickster – The First Ammendment works for everybody, for me and against me, for you and against you and for her and against her.
    As long as it's not libel, slander or unpublishable words (the only limits to the First Ammendment that everybody I know agrees with, including me)... it's game.

    November 10, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Mad-as-a-toad

    Not a fan of Michelle, but the action of these "protestors" is disgusting. If you don't like the message or beliefs, you say so on your own ground and in your own time. You don't march in and disrupt some one else's right to assembly... unless of course, you are reading from the "How to Control Society Handbook" published by Nazi Press.

    November 10, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. unsub

    somebody should have disrupted that joke of a debate last night!

    November 10, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. JimmyNelson

    notice how the cop immediatly went to her defense..... the police may not stand with the people, but i know alot of Marines that would....

    November 10, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Lisa P

    The First Amendment allows anyone to speak but doesn't force anyone to listen. As Ms. Bachmann and her dwindling crowd of supporters have proved time and again. Cause and effect? I wonder...

    November 10, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. 60's survivor

    Thank you 99% er's. I think you are doing this country proud!!!!

    November 10, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Brian

    Ah, music to my ears. Every time there's a lot of civil unrest, the Republicans win the White House.

    November 10, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. W.G.

    I salute the protesters ! They are the REAL PATRIOTS !!

    November 10, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. james

    majority of these GOP candidates are nothing but a joke and have created this republican reality show to increase their own income. 3 candidates are actually serious. any member of the tea party should never make an attempt to run this country

    November 10, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    This outburst reminds of the anti-reform Tea Party gate crashers at town halls being conducted by Democratic members of the House. Outbursts that curiously enough passed over the Republican members. The Tea Party heckled members over financial reform and health care reform. Apparently, that was a patriotic exercise of their freedom of speech by the Tea Party gate crashers. Times change. Standards change.

    November 10, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. a7m

    Don't interrupt her! Let her speak and will say enough stupid things to convince the world of how moronic Tea Party is. Let her speak!

    November 10, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. paverset

    Ever seen a liberal speaker shouted down by conservative protestors? Seldom. Why is it that liberal groups, particularly at universities, don't want a conservative's message to even be heard???

    November 10, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. T. Le

    I can not believe that some psople still try to defend the bad behavior of those adults. You can disagree, dislike, .. whatever you want but behave like that only shows your low-level of human being. Animal do not talk or discuss, but either be quiet or yelling and fighting. The next step of yelling is physical beating. You are very close to that, good luck.

    November 10, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Dave, Central Illinois

    Who cares what a bunch of stinky, hippy, leaches think anyway. Most OWC members are professional protestors who move from site to site depending upon who is paying them or giving them dope.

    November 10, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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