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Excerpt: "'This will only take a minute,' the two-dozen protesters shouted, using the 'human microphone' technique that has become a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street protests. 'You capitalize on dividing Americans ... claiming people that disagree with you… are unpatriotic socialists ... and you promote discrimination.'"

Michele Bachmann appears stunned as Occupy Charleston protesters using the human microphone technique interrupt her speech aboard the USS Yorktown in South Carolina, 11/11/11. (photo: Getty Images)
Michele Bachmann appears stunned as Occupy Charleston protesters using the human microphone technique interrupt her speech aboard the USS Yorktown in South Carolina, 11/11/11. (photo: Getty Images)

Michele Bachmann Gets a, MIC CHECK!

By Holly Bailey, The Ticket

11 November 11


Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns


ichele Bachmann was forced off the stage at a speech in South Carolina Thursday after a group of Occupy Charleston protesters swarmed the event and began shouting down the congresswoman.

The protest occurred as Bachmann was delivering a foreign policy speech aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston.

"This will only take a minute," the two dozen protesters shouted, using the "human microphone" technique that has become a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street protests. "You capitalize on dividing Americans ... claiming people that disagree with you… are unpatriotic socialists ... and you promote discrimination."

As the protesters shouted, Bachmann stood frozen on stage, unsure of what to do. Soon, police escorted her from the stage, as her own supporters began to shout down the protesters with chants of "USA! USA!"

The protesters left on the scene of their own accord, and Bachmann returned to the stage a few minutes later.

"Don't you love the First Amendment?" she said, per NBC's First Read. your social media marketing partner


+250 # pernsey 2011-11-11 21:33
She is so non-relevant... all I can say is good for the protesters!
+50 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-11-12 05:45
Yes indeed, pernsey. Bachmann'$ Karlroving, Kochsucking puppet whore, claiming patriotism and goodli/Godlines s, when she, like other puppet whores such as Bush, Cain, $arah Palin, etc. evil etc. are nothing but non-relevant, not at all funny jokes, having sold their souls and in it for the fame and gain
+57 # SouthBrun 2011-11-12 06:31
I agree, she is non-relevant, but we have to keep on drawing the line and making the movement more relevant. Yes, I love the First Amendment.
If only Rick Perry could get Palin to loan him her pen to write crib notes on his hands.
+19 # jon 2011-11-11 23:30
Fascist insect.
+84 # Tim K 2011-11-11 23:46
Makes you wonder which crowd would be the most considerate. My bet is that it would be and was the protesters. Said their piece and politely left. Tea Party people last year did everything they could to completely disrupt town hall meetings, shouting down local representatives .
+43 # Skip 2011-11-11 23:59
Michele Bachmann is chill for Israel and, as such she believes in the concept of the "US-Israel Empire." And, she considers anyone whom is even mildly critical of Israel to be unpatriotic. In a Bachmann Presidential administration significant numbers of US citizens would be jailed simply for criticizing Israel as they would be viewed as a security risk.
+24 # Night Raider 2011-11-12 00:10
The only person less relevant than Michelle Bachman is Sarah Palin. Why did the protestors waste their time?
+54 # Inlike 2011-11-12 00:24
As a Minnesotan, I hope she keeps running so she's to busy to come back here and get reelected to Congress from her (very embarrassing) district.
+49 # reiverpacific 2011-11-12 10:19
Could you tell me as a Minnesotan -and I'd really like to know, sincerely- how the likes of M. Barfman be elected to the same state as the late, great Paul Wellstone (whose death was never properly investigated) and the current excellent Senator Al Franken? I can't see how a state with such recent and current intelligent and truly progressive Senators (the appalling Norm Coleman, successor to Wellstone notwithstanding ) can even take the woman seriously. No wonder you are embarrassed!
-And do you really think she has enough statewide support to be re-elected? I mean, she has shown her true vapidity, shallowness, ignorance and theocratic inclinations, under public scrutiny and is as a vanished wraith as a national candidate.
Perhaps you can shed some light on this from a local point of view. -Otherwise, I agree on her hot air quotient and diminishing relevance.
+16 # Texas Aggie 2011-11-12 14:21
I've asked my brother, a Minneapolis resident since 1972, the very same question. Apparently her district is where the misfits are attracted.
0 # bubbiesue 2011-11-12 01:13
No, not good for the protesters. Yes, I'm with Occupy. I totally disagree with Bachmann but I respect her office. I'd wait for the question period to do a Mic Check. Otherwise it's just being rude and crude and deserves any disrespect it gets--and it will.

Part of the gist of democracy is that my rights end at the tip of your nose. Free speech is everyone's right, not just those who agree with you.

Note that in the case of the school committee (or whatever it's called in NYC) the disrespectful behavior of the Occupiers, interrupting the flow of the meeting, meant they were not heard because committee members left. Ms. Bachmann did not hear you, either, and she needs to. There is a time for all things. Learn to use time strategically now or the cause will be lost if not wasted.
+22 # Regina 2011-11-12 11:44
bubbiesue -- you're assuming that Bachmann has a brain. She might hear, but she'll never listen, since she has a direct pipeline from God, she thinks. She is so perfectly constituted for her purposes that nobody can get facts through to her, not even by shoving the relevant grade school textbooks up to her face. I also respect the office she has contrived to "win," but I worry about her constituents. Not that the Republicans are innocent of the voting frauds they claim Democrats commit.
+11 # unitedwestand 2011-11-12 12:32
But then they would have had to sit through her drivel and I know those protestors have better things to do with their brains.

Whoop, whoop, protestors!!
+23 # MEBrowning 2011-11-12 12:40
Bachmann has had plenty of opportunities to spread her particular brand of lies and intolerance. I'm glad the protesters shut her up, however temporarily. It's time she heard from the 99%, not just the ignorantly nodding zombies she regularly plays to.
+36 # Riley1 2011-11-12 01:29
Michelle Bachmann and her band of minority supporters will always be part of the body politic. They and others of her ilk will use the old roman system of divide and conquer and are mere willing stooges of corporate America.
It is up to the majority of sensible Americans that see them for what they are to use all within legal means to show them up for what they are ludicrous non thinkers used by corporate entities like the Koch brothers to sell the American people enslavement.
The writing is on the wall for them with the new growing protest movements in the USA fed up with the corrupt corporate state. It seems they will settle for nothing less than root and branch change within congress.
Corruption that panders to corporate entities as seen in congress has got to go. This will only happen when the people are politically inspired and educated to vote for men like Bernie Sanders. A stalwart for the people and a politician with a honest reputation.
The country will then have hope.
Sadly we now have a president that initially gave the American people that hope.It was cruelly snatched away by a congress and a president that compromised too much and let the American people down.Only when the American people get really angry and push for change will change come. Right now the American people are not angry enough for that change to come.
+52 # Ken Hall 2011-11-12 02:39
It is SO good to see people standing up to and questioning authority. I've been waiting decades for this to happen! OWS has made a good start, and I am participating. My hope is that we can sustain this movement long enough to affect change, long-overdue, real change. No more trickle down economics! No more unregulated capitalism! No more tax breaks for the rich! No more unlimited corporate campaign spending! We will take back the gov't in the name of We The People, and we will make it strong enough to stand up to and regulate the corporations that now control it!
+19 # bsager892 2011-11-12 11:32
You're not the only one , Ken! Finally there is an organized movement to stand up to the banksters and the corporations. Please continue to be the voice of the people Occupiers. One thing in which I do agree with Michelle-I just LOVE the First Amendment!
+21 # stonecutter 2011-11-12 02:50
I'm giving a foreign policy speech in my bathroom tomorrow, right after I take my morning the man in the mirror. That'll be more coherent, intelligent and informed than anything Bachmann's said publicly in the last 15 years, since she was jettisoned from the Mother Ship at Oral Roberts "Law School".

At some point, one can only hope, she will no longer be accorded the gravitas of media coverage, unless she or her closeted mentor, spirit guide, lord and master and putative husband do something sensational, in the supermarket tabloid sense of the word. OK, I admit it: if she posed for "Playboy" (with Palin?) I might be curious, maybe even try and bootleg a copy. Otherwise, please get lost.
+15 # justAnotherPinko 2011-11-12 03:12
If I ever had the chance to meet any of these dirty little subversives, all I would be able to say would be: ALL RIGHT! YOU ROCK! GO DADDY GO!, etc... It may seem like a small thing, but you're doing a great thing for all of us. Thank you.
-72 # freedomfries 2011-11-12 04:29
Completely stupid protest, just makes the Occupy movement look awful and amateur and her good. Her people could not have done a better job for her.
-32 # bubbiesue 2011-11-12 14:21
+3 # Capn Canard 2011-11-12 19:57
I will begrudgingly agree... I am in Bachmann's district and I know many who support her. There are many mediocre thinkers amongst the natives. I was thrilled to see her be treated like she has treated many others. I tried to post earlier about the time she accused two women of harrassing her in a women's restroom several years ago when no such harrassment took place. She cowardly ran away from Ann Bankcroft( and and another woman instead of answering questions. Bachmann had this coming. Though I think the mic check could've come toward the end of Q and A.
-12 # Ralph Averill 2011-11-13 02:40
FF; I see we are in the minority and that's a shame. (See my post below.) Shouting down Bachmann was childish and, worst of all, counter-product ive.
-20 # Ralph Averill 2011-11-12 05:08
I disagree. Idiots like Bachmann have the same rights as sane people. Shouting her down accomplished nothing. In fact it probably hardened resistance among Bachmann supporters to the issues OWS is trying to raise. It also supplies ammunition to those seeking to discredit OWS. As a tactic it is counter-product ive.
This country needs to learn how to have a dialog. There's been enough shouting down.
+6 # Pickwicky 2011-11-12 13:22
Ralph Averill has a legitimate point. Read on before you shower me with negatives. Anytime a divisive, biased, wrong-headed person such as Bachmann gets center stage (i.e., any publicity) like-thinkers feel justified in crawling out of their dark lairs and into ballot boxes. Bachmann and her ilk shouldn't be ignored, but they shouldn't be elvated in importance either.
-6 # bubbiesue 2011-11-12 14:21
Amen again.
+44 # Barbara K 2011-11-12 06:50
Hooray for OWS! Good job, calling out these evil, uninformed, people who USE the government, but are trying to destroy it. This person is not capable of running this country. Anyone can see that. Go Occupy, we are with you!

+19 # Billy Bob 2011-11-12 07:19
Thank you RSN for showing a transcript of the free speach that was actually relevant. Rather than playing down the American people as unrelevant, you're actually taking what they say seriously.

How novel! Good job!
+2 # Capn Canard 2011-11-13 10:38
Billy Bob, that is spot on! RSN has done a fine job of reporting what OWSC was trying to express and the vast majority of News outlets would've completely skipped away from telling their side.
+21 # jackstrat 2011-11-12 07:27
pernsey, what do you mean she is non-relevant? She is an elected congresswoman(t hanks alot Minnesota) that has the heart of 100,000s perhaps millions of voters. She can and will continue to influence politics until our friends up north open their eyes and do the right thing and replace her with someone that cares about the other 99%.

Regarding this Occupy protest...I have have never been prouder as an American, accept perhaps that evening in November when Mr. Obama became President-elect Obama.

What an incredible demonstration: peaceful, effective, and it put forward an honest and important message. Wow, all I can say is, where do I send my donation!
+18 # Dale 2011-11-12 07:42

Human evolution took a wrong turn.
The Neanderthals are back!
They call themselves Republicans,
But they are Zombies,
Risen from the grave of history
Now chasing Homo Sapiens
With their big sticks
Clubbing every social advance of human kind,
Torturing and killing non-white peoples in distant lands
Jailing and deporting those considered aliens in their heartland.

The Zombie Machos party with tea spiced with Texas bourbon,
Cooled with Alaska ice and served by a stylish Haus Frau.
Through their control of yellow journalism
They force those with residues of tolerance and humanity
To swallow the piss and bile of once defeated anachronisms.

The Zombies, bankrolled by their friends in corporate board rooms
Prepare to remove the Nation´s heart
And replace it with a Made-in-China machine.
They coerce and blackmail the reasonable yet complaint politicians
To appoint the plutocrats and murderous Generals to controlling government bureaucracies
And to follow their dictates to roll back social progress.
The bankers succeed in reversing the American Dream,
Immiserating the masses.
The Zombies, their mental substance mummified,
Have no human sensibility....

Continued at
0 # Capn Canard 2011-11-13 10:40
As a Neanderthal, I take exception to your post. Not all of us are republican, me and my comrades are Anarchists and don't believe in violence like Republicans do.
+29 # Bob-Investigates 2011-11-12 07:53
I wouldn't trust her to be my county's dog catcher. She's as phony as a 3 dollar bill. She's been caught lying over and over. She's being financally supported by the same Neo-Fascist Republican Plutocrats---KO CH BROS.---as the rest of the really ridiculous and disgusting (R) prez candidates. JUST IMAGINE Bachmann as Prez!!! I'm getting really physically ill just thinking about it. It would be G.W.B. without a dinger. She'd let the banksters / Wall St. crooks do it again, she'd let the war-mongers continue "war without end" and she would ramp up the attacks on the Middle-class and Poor to a level of even more misery and pain. If Joe Average American hasn't awakened to the "not normal" Republican Party in 2012, we just might see this crooked bonehead as a VP candidate. JUST IMAGINE: Gingrich-Bachma nn!!! Now, I'm really ralphing!
+9 # Billy Bob 2011-11-12 08:29
After thinking about it a bit more, it's clear that ANYTHING the 99% says has a pat response: "USA! USA!".... etc.

WE ARE the USA. They DON'T represent it AT ALL.

The idea of chanting "USA!..." etc. is to say that anyone who disagrees with you is unamerican. THEY are unamerican. WE ARE NOT.



sarah bachmann would be just as shouted down with "USA" as she was temporarily with words that don't form a soundbite. If we shouted "USA" FIRST, what could the right's response be? "USSR"? How would the news report it, if at all?: "Scores of demonstrators were escorted away from Ms. Bachmann today, for shouting 'USA!' too loudly..." How would faux news handle that fact?

We threw pebbles at her and they threw a big fat brick back at us in response. Let's start with the brick next time. It's OUR country. Let's take ownership of it. Make rand bachmann step down from the mic to OUR shouts of "USA"!

To hell with the right-wing 1%!

+15 # tedrey 2011-11-12 08:32
In future, we shoukd take an American flag to there events. It would put a spoke in their wheel when they start to chant "USA, USA." America is for the 99%!
+7 # Pufferly 2011-11-12 08:35
Don't blame Michelle: She was toilet trained at gunpoint.
+15 # shadesparkmary 2011-11-12 08:44
Michele who?
+10 # panhead49 2011-11-12 09:42
A mini perp walk - what a great way to start the day! Too bad it didn't end in a cuff-n-stuff. Oh well, there is always tomorrow.

Rock on OWS'ers all over America, rock on.
+13 # asdfg 2011-11-12 10:19
So glad I got to see Ms. Bachmann campaigning in this short segment. When you take away the protestors, there were hardly any other people left to watch Ms. Bachmann when she returned. Just about 80 - 90 percent of the audience were present to protest her appearance. Might have expected this in New Hampshire, but hard to believe that fringe candidates like Ms. Bachmann get this kind of reception in South Carolina.
+18 # genierae 2011-11-12 11:15
Bless the Occupy movement, they are my people! We must all support them and help them to grow bigger and stronger. They are being honored around the world, finally Americans are seen to be standing up for justice. I am proud to be one of the 99%!
+13 # brenda 2011-11-12 13:46
WOW. Music to my ears. Ya just gotta love the chutzpah of the OWS 99%'ers.
-10 # guydeguy 2011-11-12 14:09
What about freedom of speech- even for jerks and morons and speakers of harmful ideas? IN FACT- That's whose speech the first amendment was put in the constitution to protect. Shouting her down accomplishes nothing and is, for example exactly what the Brown Shirts did to their democratic opponents in Germany. What was accomplished by this display except to actually make Bachmann seem like a sympathetic figure?
-7 # Ralph Averill 2011-11-13 02:41
agreed! In spades.
0 # propsguy 2011-11-13 23:03
indeed, what about freedom of speech- OURS! high time we TAKE IT BACK from criminal idiots, financiers, power brokers and war mongers. they can outspend us but we CAN OUTSHOUT THEM. what OWS is going is great. i hope they show up at every crappy politician's speech and shout them off the stage. OUR voices need to be heard; not theirs
+3 # MainStreetMentor 2011-11-14 12:58
Oh ... your comment must have been motivated by Representative Wilson who, during a State of the Union Address - while the President of the United States was speaking, yelled out: "You're a liar". But, then that was to be expected of a Tea Partier miscrent.
+12 # oakes721 2011-11-12 15:46
Protest IS disruption. When the media is now all owned by 5 giant corporations, just where are all of the opposing views to be heard?
You've probably received those politically 'patriotic' email messages which always end with: "Those who agree with this, will forward it to everyone they know. If not, please delete." Delete What? the Constitution? They are asking for people to be YES-MEN only. If you disagree with the content or the delivery ~ then SAY SO! And send it to all of the other recipients, pointing out the errors, illogical conclusions and a few facts which might refresh their memories about OUR First Amendment Rights.
+13 # heraldmage 2011-11-12 18:33
guydeguy & buddiesue,
In 2010 when the Tea Party was interrupting town hall meeting and being disrespectful to both candidates and audience commenter's where were you?
Most political campaign stops are rallies with audience participation not lectures. There purpose is to raise money & energize the crowd to give money & volunteer. Paid political activists with electronic mic are part of the crowd to incite the appropriate response to the candidate's remarks. To Bachmann's surprise the audience that put $sign in her eyes was filled with 99%er not supporter.
What was rude & made it look like a riot was the paid activist & TeaParty supporters with mics trying to start conflict between groups. The 99% kept moving away from conflict. stayed on message(everyon e had a copy)& outnumbered the supporter. Once they accomplished their goal they left.
We have all heard her message the 99% wanted to her to know they weren't buying it.
Did she then speak to the issues of the 99% or keep on her 1% message?
If she want to be President she needs to listen to the people not run away, then address the 99% issues not the 1%.
We the people disagree with the 1% solution. The 1% probably won't like our solution but in the absence of a viable plan from the 1% the 99% are the majority & will rule.
-3 # guydeguy 2011-11-13 14:16
heraldmage- Of course the Tea Party jerks used a similar tactic. And they looked like jerks and helped fuel a reaction against their movement. And so OWS had more and louder voices, therefore they "accomplished their goal"? "If she wants to be President..."- she has NO CHANCE and she knows that, so what can possibly be the result of the "mic check" except to give the media some ammunition to use against OWS?
+2 # David Starr 2011-11-13 15:05
Although acknowledging the 1st amendment, I still support this Occupy protest against a Right-wing troll like Bachman for the following: It shows political backbone, unlike many Dem party members who usually show none against the Repubs; it symbolizes a sense of urgency, & a sometime neccessity to have to get in the face of Righties who, because of being entrenched in the status quo, have a vast array of outlets to promote their dangerously regressive agenda, & their cynical maneuvers; & as a result, their attempts to take the offensive-w/ its potential danger to many-& thus a need for Occupy itself to take some nonviolent offensive measures while maintaining a basis of selfdefense.

Re. Bachman's supporters chanting "USA USA USA!" Excuse me for this, but w/ the Right supporting an ultranationalis t kind of patriotism, & w/ that the constant use of this chant, I have to call it an ultranationalis t mantra. And excuse for the following, but I state it to mean a separation of capitalism & imperialism from concepts of democracy, & to note that the U.S. is in current decline: "U.S. Decay, U.S. Decay, U.S. Decay!"
+5 # doneasley 2011-11-13 19:24
You're the "Starr", David. It continues to boggle my mind that people still support these vapid, vile, vicious cretins like Bachmann and her ilk. They verbally deplore gov't handouts, but they go to the gov't with both hands out. Bachmann's husband got gov't grants for his "you're not really gay" clinic, while her family farm received more than $250,000 in subsidies. And while they continue to blast the "failed" Stimulus bill, they were there for ALL the ribbon cuttings - ALL! The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Stimulus saved or created 2.5 to 3.5 million jobs, and saved us from a real depression. But Democrats sit by and let the idiots control the discussion.

Can you imagine Bachmann, or Cain, or Gingrich, or Perry as the next president? The common sense candidates can't get a foothold.

If these people get total control of our government again, we're in a whole heap of trouble.
0 # David Starr 2011-11-16 12:40

Your two points about her husband's "gay-curing" clinic & Bachman's own farm receiving gov. funds yet again show the Rights' vision of "limited" gov. for the limited few while disregarding the promoting of the general welfare of the many.
+8 # ThePeople 2011-11-13 20:21
Quoting pernsey:
She is so non-relevant...all I can say is good for the protesters!

Some say this was rude. I say desperate times call for desperate measures. Our voices have been quelled for too long. I am honored to have these young people speak for our suffering. We are the 99%!!
0 # pinion 2011-11-14 23:15
Lady Bachmann said she obeys her hubby. Well then, if she got elected, who would make the decisions? I guess a vote for her would actually be a vote for two.
0 # Mickeyfilm 2011-11-15 23:57
It's a sad commentary on our society that an idiot, very unread, someone who respects being an idiot, has an audience that is more than 2 or 3 people. How she ever got elected in any campaign is a sad commentary on our society. She and Cain are an embarrassement to the idea of democracy, the idea of free speech. The idea of these freedoms was based on a society that at least had an IQ over 80.

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