Bachmann’s Capitol Tea Party: Offensive Anti-Obama Signs and Arrests

November 5, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Right-wing wacky lawmaker, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) planned an anti-health care reform tea party rally on the steps of the Capitol building on Thursday. The event to fight the “crown jewel of socialism,” was endorsed and promoted by Fox News and funded by the Astroturf corporate lobbying groups Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks.

About 4,000 tea party protesters, many transported in free buses provided by AFP, shouted “kill the bill” carrying signs questioning Obama’s birth certificate, calling him a Marxist and offensively comparing health care reform to the Holocaust.

Another offensive sign carried at Bachmann’s rally likened President Obama to Chairman Mao. The AFP handed out signs to the protesters, as they exited the buses saying, “Keep Your Hands off my Healthcare.”

Shortly after noon, Bachmann led a contingent of GOP right-wingers, including Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep Steve King (R-IA), Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), to greet the teabaggers waving their health care reform is like the Holocaust signs.

Bachmann declared that “revolution” was a good thing.

The event was both comical and a sad spectacle of the current state of the Republican Party. Rep. Akin stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, first declaring that it “drives liberals crazy,” and then proceeded to botch it, by forgetting to say “indivisible” before “with liberty, and justice for all.”

Rep. Boehner with his day-glow orange tan then stood to show his patriotism, by holding up a pocket-size copy of the constitution, only to start reciting from the Declaration of Independence. Boehner said, he would pledge to “stand here with our Founding Fathers, who wrote in the pre-amble: ‘We hold these truths to be self evident …” Oh, boy.

According to Politico, Michael Steel explained Boehner’s gaffe by saying, “Both texts are vital to the liberty beloved by every American.” Ok, then.

After the embarrassing gaffes and bloopers by GOP lawmakers, the teabaggers were then urged to stand in long lines to take over the halls of Congress to protest health care reform.

Bachmann, employing her usual over-the-top rhetoric had urged “real freedom-loving Americans come here to Washington” on Thursday, and “look at the whites of their eyes of their members of Congress and say, ‘don’t you remember? I told you don’t take away my health care.’”

As the unruly protesters made their way into Congressional buildings, a group of 10 teabaggers stormed into Speaker Pelosi’s office in the Cannon House building and refused to leave, after being told to exit the office. “They were charged with unlawful entry (entering a Congressional office and refusing to leave when told to do so) and/or disorderly conduct (yelling in the hallway outside an office).”

The teabaggers actually stormed an office Speaker Pelosi uses for district business and not for her duties, as Speaker of the House. As the protesters were being prepared by police for transport to the police station, a mob of protesters heckled the police shouting, Let them go!

One woman yelled at the police: “This is America, this is not the Soviet Union.”

Many of the protesters were provided copies of the House health care reform bill, which they ripped into pieces, littering the hallways of Congress with shreds of white paper.

So, let’s recap. A member of Congress incited an anti-government mob of hecklers and protesters carrying offensive anti-Obama signs to storm Congressional buildings, causing disruptions to busy lawmakers and engaging in disorderly conduct. A real class act that Michele Bachmann.

Quite appalling and shameful behavior by an elected member of Congress.

(Update: More signs displaying anti-Obama hate, racism and anti-Semitism have come to light today. Some of the disturbing messages: “Get the Red Out of the White House,” “Waterboard Congress,” “Ken-ya Trust Obama?” a “Traitor to the U.S. Constitution.” Another sign referred to the President, as “Sambo.” And yet another read, “Obama takes his orders from the Rothchilds,” “a reference to the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory holding that one evil Jewish family has manipulated events around the globe for decades.”

Photo Source: Lee Fang/Think Progress


Comments

23 Responses to “Bachmann’s Capitol Tea Party: Offensive Anti-Obama Signs and Arrests”

  1. CW on November 5th, 2009 10:26 pm

    Let me preface this by saying I’m not defending the GOP establishment.

    You know what’s really “shameful” and “appalling”?… all of the people who sit idle and just go along with our wise, esteemed, overlords in Washington. Dissent and revolution are very American… “shouting” included.

    Oh boo hoo hoo, they called the Untouchable Messiah a “Marxist”. Last time I checked, the 1st amendment sufficiently protects this speech.

    Sometimes when you live in a representative republic like America, you need to speak up a little louder if your “representatives” act as if they don’t hear you.

    This article is a piece of biased, pro-totalitarian, shit designed to paint anyone who disagrees with Lord Obama as some kind of backward lunatic.

    I wonder what you think of Obama’s expansion of the wars and all the private contractors and mercenary forces he’s sent over there. His foreign policy is like Bush 2.0.

  2. Joey on November 5th, 2009 11:17 pm

    Hate to break it to you, Sue, but the reason why those “Tea Baggers” chose Chairman Mao in their posters is because Obama’s Communications Director (Anita Dunn) announced in a high school graduation ceremony speech this past June that Mao Zedong was one of her “favorite philosophers”.

    So let me get this straight… Mao Zedong posters are offensive, but Obama hiring an individual who finds Chairman Mao to be an inspiration is completely acceptable.

    Since you obviously find Chairman Mao to be offensive, perhaps we should remind the rest of your readers of exactly how you and I came to this conclusion: His direct responsibility for the mass-murder of anywhere between 40-70 million Chinese people, including his own soldiers.

    By the way, a journalistic tip…if I may: Attacking someone’s fake tan or simple mistake in the pledge of allegiance simply implies that you cannot win the argument on merit and must resort to petty complaints that have absolutely nothing to do with the subject at hand. Write an article as to why the current plan is great, and why the alternative isn’t.

    Obviously, this is way, way too much to ask.

  3. Kyle on November 5th, 2009 11:22 pm

    Well said CW.

    With words like teabagger and “offensive” strewn about like so many Obama nuzzling streamers, it’s easy to see the bias in this opinion *piece*.

    What about the liberal “patriots” that tried to lynch Lieberman? You’re right, they’re freedom fighters.

    Why is it that Obama completely owns 2 (arguably 3) branches of government and he can’t pass his pet bills? Even some Democrats can smell the stink coming off that healthcare steamer.

    To be honest, Democrats should be the *most* upset. You voted for him and he has delivered nothing but excuses blaming Bush (now 10 months out of office). Where’s your outrage at him? As long as MSNBC likes him, I guess, lol.

    Also, how dare someone carry “offensive” signs referring to the president. That’s something new this year. Never saw that during the last president’s terms. Nope, not at all.

  4. J Requard on November 5th, 2009 11:55 pm

    When many of us exercised our right of free speech by protesting the trumped up and illegal Iraq War we were called terrorist lovers, appeasers, unpatriotic, anti-American, etc, by the Bushies. Despite all of these ridiculous tea parties the past few months I have not heard slurs hurled at these protesters by the Obama administration. So, CW, your criticism of Obama is as misplaced as that of the tea partiers.

  5. Charlie Slang on November 6th, 2009 1:24 am

    Clearly Rep Bachmann should be arrested and taken to a Psychiatric hospital until such time that she is fit to stand trial for inciting a riot (if ever). Last I checked inciting a riot is not covered under the first amendment. The only reason she’s free is political: when the other side is self destructing you stay out of the way.
    She should be careful what she wishes for; Revolution is not such a good thing when it’s waged against you.

  6. Factsfirst on November 6th, 2009 3:46 am

    Dissent does not include the ‘right’ to disrupt the PEOPLE’S business nor undo elections with false charges.
    As for totalitarianism, I suggest your outrage would be more believable if you had been picketing Bush during his “First Amendment Zone” days of illegal detention of LEGITIMATE picketers against his war crime.
    But you didn’t, I assume, and that clearly proves your real agenda is keeping Americans from getting the health care most of these teabaggers, who are over 65, are already getting.
    MEDICARE FOR ALL is the only decent plan. Simple, easy to remember.

  7. Kay on November 6th, 2009 8:57 am

    Well Joey, republican Lee Atwater was the first to say Mao & Mother Theresa were his “idols” and just like Atwater….Anita Dunn was trying to point out the choices one has to make when one “supports” these kinds of ideologies. In other words, you can choose to go the route of Mao or you can choose the route of Mother Theresa. Get it moron? Oh wait! You’re a Glenn Beck supporter who has an IQ of 57 and don’t have the ability to think things through! Glenn likes it that way. He knows his base doesn’t understand irony, sarcasm, or humor because cannonballs don’t have this ability!

    Get your facts straight, please, and stop spreading Beck’s hate, division, and strife…you know….the guy who says he’s open to others but who spends his days bashing all political thoughts in support of fascist capitalism!

  8. Marco11122222 on November 6th, 2009 10:07 am

    One big $cam. For every Dollar the AFP takes in, .25 cents goes to “signs and bus rides”. The other .75 cents goes into Dick Armey, Michelle Bachman and the rests pockets. This is a business and the rubes and suckers who fork over their cash are willing to do so in order to get and give a good show.

  9. Joe on November 6th, 2009 10:29 am

    Are you sure Rep. Todd Akin botched the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance, or was he conditioning the crowd for the possibility of secession?

  10. Commie Blaster on November 6th, 2009 10:35 am

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  11. Dale on November 6th, 2009 2:51 pm

    The American people have been trying to tell Obama, his cronies and congress for several months, and in any means possible, that they don’t want health care reform being crammed down our throat. Particularly government controlled health care. At this point our representatives in Washington are merely puppets for Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

    We learned today that unemployment has exceeded 10%, while most areas of our economy is in the tank. The American people want their leaders to fix the economy and create jobs before anything else. Our leadership is obviously mis-directed, spending their time and our resources on their agenda, not ours.

    As to the AFP, what is the difference between what they do and what the Obama and government supported ACORN has done during rallies and election fraud?

  12. american steel buildings on November 7th, 2009 8:13 am

    The American people want their leaders to fix the economy and create jobs before anything else. This is very justified sentence! Then the American people prefer to stay in American steel buildings.These buildings ensure the safety and sturdiness.

  13. Mark on November 7th, 2009 1:45 pm

    There is something very wrong with a political movement that will support blindly the idea of spending our nations treasure in money and blood to occupy a sovereign nation based upon a campaign of lies, but while rise up in arms against the idea of living in a country where every person might have access to health care.

    Ok, let me pick – Do I want an administration that knowingly and willfully lied to Congress, The United Nations, the American people, the American armed forces, and the entire world population in a prolonged campaign to create the justification for invading a sovereign nation in order to get access to it’s oilfields?

    Or do I want an administration that has the audacity to suggest that our treasure would be better spent caring for our own people and giving even the least among us the opportunity to receive health care like citizens of less advanced nations have?

    The tea party organizers might as well hand out signs that say “I’m a completely ignorant fool who wants brave Americans to die to defend my right to be an ignorant fool”.
    or “I have health insurance and anybody who doesn’t deserves to suffer and die, but I don’t mind paying to send our brave soldiers to die for Bush’s lies”.

    These people can’t be reasoned with. They would come out against ANYTHING that Obama was for, so there’s no use debating them. Let them wave their signs and let’s just ignore them. One day they’ll be without health insurance and we can just let them rot in the streets.

  14. demon on November 7th, 2009 3:19 pm

    chat area is overrun with racists and grade school level history buffs. let freedom ring!

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  22. Larry Clement on September 11th, 2010 6:34 am

    It amazes me that after only 2 years, that the American voters are so close to again putting Republicans back in control. I tell myself that Americans just aren’t really paying attention right now for come to a realization of what they’re doing. Surely, once they remember the last time Republicans controlled Congress, and once they take a look at the field of candidates that are coming in for the Republican nominations.

    By allowing the Republicans to control both houses of Congress; the House of Representatives and the Senate; we would insure; gridlock; maybe another war; huge tax cuts and deregulation for big businesses which won’t pass President Obama’s desk without a veto; probably an impeachment trial because Republicans have a deep seated hatred for this president and they will use whatever they can to get him out of the White House.

    It amazes me that after only 2 years, that the American voters are so close to again putting Republicans back in control. I tell myself that Americans just aren’t really paying attention right now for come to a realization of what they’re doing. Surely, once they remember the last time Republicans controlled Congress, and once they take a look at the field of candidates that are coming in for the Republican nominations.

    By allowing the Republicans to control both houses of Congress; the House of Representatives and the Senate; we would insure; gridlock; maybe another war; huge tax cuts and deregulation for big businesses which won’t pass President Obama’s desk without a veto; probably an impeachment trial because Republicans have a deep seated hatred for this president and they will use whatever they can to get him out of the White House.

    Larry Clement

  23. Terry C - NJ on January 15th, 2011 3:17 pm

    Michele Bachmann disgusts me. She is as hate-filled as Sarah Palin and every bit as stupid.

    The people who support her must be miserable human beings indeed.

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