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Video: Occupy Bachmann as Charleston Group Upstages Candidate

Rep. Michele Bachmann was in the middle of giving a speech on the Yorktown when Occupy Charleston protesters swarmed stage.

MT. PLEASANT, SC — Michele Bachmann came to Charleston to give her foreign policy vision, but she was interrupted by more than a dozen protestors with the Occupy movement.

Roughly 10 minutes into her speech, in front of roughly 60 supporters and media, the Occupy group sitting amongst the crowd stood at their seats at the call from their leader, "Mic check!"

The group then began a call and response message similar to speeches at Occupy rallies throughout the country.

"You capitalize on dividing Americans, claiming people that disagree with you are unpatriotic socialists," they said to Bachmann as local police escorted the candidate from the stage. See the full statement attached.

The Occupy crowd left after their brief statement. No arrests were made.

Bachmann's first comment upon returning to the room: "Don't you love the 1st amendment."

Earlier, Bachmann had recognized the anniversary of the Marine Corps and tomorrow's significance as Veteran's Day. After the speech, Bachmann called the protestors' actions "disrespectful and ignorant."

"They have the right to do that … but how disrespectful to do that when we were here to honor veterans and stand behind them and stand behind our military," she said. "Their liberties have been paid for with a very heavy price by the people who were in that room."

Bachmann said that campaign events have been disrputed by individuals and small groups in the past. "This is probably one of the loudest," she said.

Two Occupy Charleston participants explained to Patch why they chose to participate in the Bachmann event.

Bachmann's address included attacks on President Barack Obama's foreign policy decisions — most notably, his plans to withdrawal troops from Iraq.

"As President, my decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan or Iraq would be based on military considerations and not on turns helping my personal political fortunes," she said.

Bachmann also called for the National Guard to get a seat at the table of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And she was critical of those suggesting dramatic cuts in military spending.

"As Commander in Chief, I will commit the necessary resources to the first constitutional duty of our government, protecting the nation and keeping America free, safe and sovereign," she said.

Every appearance for Bachmann and others battling frontrunner Gov. Mitt Romney leading up to this weekend's CBS News/ National Journal debate in Spartanburg is crucial as South Carolina voters decide who they are going to support.

Some South Carolina conservatives have even gone as far as launching anti-Romney websites in an effort to get Republican voters to choose anyone but the former Massachusetts governor.

bytheC November 10, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Batch*t crazy had deer in the headlights look on her face. She's not used to people challenging her lies and hate rhetoric. She lives in the Koch Bros. American's For (NON) Prosperity bubble. We need more of this. Go, Go, Go Occupy!
Cheryll Woods-Flowers November 10, 2011 at 07:42 PM
If they spent as much time cleaning up and looking for a job, they wouldn't be unemployed. Most people couldn't attend because they were working_
Vincent Waller November 10, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Dear Cheryl, You don't have to be unemployed to be in the 99%. I'm very well employed and am protesting every chance I get. Occupy America
Jetora Orzus November 10, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Same thing happened here in the UK with the London Mayor's speech.
sky t-s November 10, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Simply awesome and cheryll I have a 50 hour a week job. And still protest all the time!!!
Robert Wittner November 10, 2011 at 08:54 PM
This shows the violent and totalitarian core at the heart of the radical Left, which talks about free speech but insists on silencing those with whom they disagree: "Free speech for me, but not for thee." These OWS nihilist hooligans have taken their cue from Princess Pelosi and Hussein Obama, both of whom have praised them. Plenty of people of lost jobs, but that does not give the the right to act as hooligans.
Chris Winston November 10, 2011 at 09:18 PM
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Joseph November 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Robert: At what point did they exhibit either a violent or totalitarian mentality? These people voiced their grievances as is their right, though they chose a rude manner in which to deliver it. They never got violent, they never advocated violence, and they never advocated any form of totalitarianism. Also, how does this have anything to do with Pelosi or Obama? The OWS protesters are equally enraged with the Left as they are with the Right. They also didn't silence Bachman, as they simply voiced their message and then walked out. Silencing her would have been remaining for the duration and never letting her finish speaking. What they did was rude, but it was hardly them denying free speech to anyone else there.
Alexander Rendo November 10, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Robert, your posting is just all hatred....These people ain't doing anything wrong....The words you've chosen speak for themselves....Stop living in a life of lies and denial....Live your life and let others live theirs! The funny thing is that this story speaks of her plans if she were president on the exit strategy from Iraq....Bashing our presidents plan but yet she's forgetting that it was her Republican buddy that set that exit date and that our president is only following the exit plans put in place by the former president.... No matter what happens in this country, the right is going to blame it on the black man....Replublicans have control of everything in this country right now....So with so much control, why haven't they done something to help the american people instead just sitting there and crying like a bunch of little elementary school kids.... I have a career and make a wonderful 6 figure salary and I would still stand next to these people and help them in their time of frustration...And I would also do my part in a heartbeat if I had to give up a little bit more of what I make in order to set this country in the right path to recovery after the mess our lovely ex-president caused for us.... I've explained it in a very nice way, but go ahead and attack me like you do anyways...With the sounds of your previous post, I wouldn't expect anything less from you! HAVE A GREAT DAY!
Gretchen November 11, 2011 at 01:48 PM
The Occupy people are simply RUDE. The Teaparty people are upset with the government too, but you don't see them cursing, or burning cars or interrupting speeches or generally MAKING A MESS OUT OF PARKS, etc. Seems to me these Occupy folks need to get a job -- or go demonstrate in front of the White House. Are they better off NOW than they were 4 years ago ???
Paul Burke November 11, 2011 at 03:06 PM
The Tea Party is a partisan funded machine with deep pockets - these are kids speaking up when they have the time - a lot of well meaning people were drawn to the tea party and I hope they see past partisan politics to realize the occupy movement is their ally - no matter how hard the status quo tries to divide us - if we the people come together we can hold our politicians accountable, work for sensible solutions and hold the unethical accountable. This is not a team sport - this is our country, our future, our families and our neighbors.
Gretchen November 11, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Give me a break ! ! KIDS ??? How is it these KIDS, as you call them, can afford to run TV commercials on major expensive stations? The Unions are a big supporter of OWS. Teaparty people are still working for the betterment of this country --and we do it in a dignified way... not by destroying people's businesses, and damaging property. I have never heard ONE OWS person talk in understandable sentences. What is it these people WANT ? More FREE STUFF ?????? Where do they THINK this FREE STUFF comes from?
Paul Burke November 11, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Gretchen you sound upset - why don't you take the time and do an independent search on You Tube or google "occupy wall street" - and get a little background information - And by the way Unions gave us the 5 day work week, livable wages, paid vacations, minimum wage, sick leave and ended child labor - the OWS kids would love to have good jobs but deregulation abolished the sensible laws that had been in place since the 40's and 50's that lead to our nations longest most sustained era of prosperity - once deregulated the banks took incredible risks with the money entrusted to them and blew the global economy to bits - their ratings agencies covered for them as well as their insurance companies - thats why AIG was bailed out - its a mess that you and I did not create. Unless you make more than a million a year the OWS kids are fighting for you - don't believe me do your own independent research on the internet - not newspapers and television shows - go to the source and good luck - have a great weekend.
Mike O'Connor November 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM
It's not a partisan funded machine In fact the GOP tried to kill it early on because the Tea Party calls for the ouster of many of the GOP legislators and still does. There is a house Tea Party committee that had no affiliation with the Tea Party other than that they in the committee fight against the rest of the GOP to try to get Tea Party Agenda of respinsible government to the floor. The actual Tea Party is comprised of people from both key parties and lots of other people and independants; The only requirement is that you believe that government is no longer representing the will of the people as it spends and borrows and grows itself instead of acting like a grown up government that can live within it;s means.
Gretchen November 12, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Paul maybe you should read what has been going on with these OWS kids. A murder at Occupy Oaklland, a self-inflicted wound and death in Vermont.Over doses and deaths, bombs being thrown, rapes, etc. These are not "kids" -- they are anarchists. They may have started out for the right reasons, but that was long ago. As for the banks taking "incredible risks". Yes, they did; after ACORN and leftwing organizations protested until the banks loaned money to people who should never have had a loan in the first place. We need to CLEAN HOUSE in Washington... not act like animals on the streets of the USA. It's time for people to take responsibility for themselves , and stop looking for handouts from the government.
John F. November 23, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Gretchen, Paul was trying to be reasonable, but I don't want to be after you pulled out that tired right-wing canard (LIE) regarding "Acorn and leftwing organizations" causing banks to loan to people who never should have had a loan in the first place." Show me ONE bank that made a loan in violation of their loan policies - ONE. You can't! No one who has dealt with banks believes that you would not have heard from Citibank had some bureaucrat forced them to loan to someone who shouldn't have got it. They didn't care who they loaned to because they wanted the profits and knew that we the people would have to bail them out. You're confusing the laws concerning "red lining" - the practice banks had of not loaning to certain neighborhoods, regardless of the qualifications of the applicants - with this. Anti red-lining laws did not create the mortgage debacle - the greed of the banks did. And you and I are paying for those bonuses they rewarded themselves with. Thousands of people on the streets, protesting, are not "animals." They are Americans. And we (including those of us who protest while we still have jobs) have a right to ask where OUR money has gone and is going. Bombs being thrown? You must be talking about the cops in Oakland gunning down the war veteran, right?
stanley seigler November 24, 2011 at 05:30 PM
@Gretchen...re: "Acorn and left wing organizations" for an understanding of what happened with the wall street mortgage debacle...if you havent, read "the big short" (michael lewis)...and; it certainly had NOTHING to do with acorn or left wing organizations (not sure they were/are smart enough)...folks should not comment until they have the facts...NOT just repeat party line sound bites... GOPs and DEMs spin the truth...aka lying...opine: GOP more egregious than DEMs...

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