A major foreign policy speech by the Minnesota Rep. was stopped in the act yesterday as a group of protesters abruptly heckled her aboard a decommissioned aircraft carrier near Charleston, SC.
The protesters looked as thought they were from the Occupy Wall Street movement and read off a printed manifesto charging that Bachmann “parade[s] as a grassroots candidate” while receiving support from a controversial conservative super PAC group, Americans for Prosperity.
Police led a visibly shaken Bachmann off of the stage until order was restored and the protesters marched from the berth of the ship, chanting “we are the 99-percent.”
Bachmann took the podium again and asked, “Don’t you love the First Amendment?”
The group later sent a press release to NBC saying “we took advantage of the moment to address the system and the people within it as to the unjust role of corporate money in politics.”
Michele Bachmann told reporters after her her speech that while she believed the protesters had the right to exercise free speech, they were disrespectful to the many veterans who came to hear her speak.
“It was ironic that you had a group of young people and it was a very disrespectful and ignorant move to take action in the midst of veterans who fought to give them the right to do that,” she said of the protest.
Check it out in the video above.