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Watch: Michele Bachmann On Glenn Beck Calls 8 Year Old Boy’s Act “Shameless”

by David Badash on December 7, 2011

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Politics

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Michele Bachmann, as many already know, was approached by an eight-year old activist at a South Carolina book signing, and was visibly shocked — at least momentarily — when the young boy leaned in and told the GOP presidential candidate — who once one ran screaming out of a restroom and called the cops when approached by two lesbians — the this mother is a lesbian and doesn’t need “fixing.”

Bachmann’s temporary motherly persona turned into walled rage upon hearing 8-year old Elijah say, “My mommy — Miss Bachmann, my mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need fixing.”

Bachmann quickly, as you can see, says, “bye bye” to the boy and his mother.

Of course, the video went viral this week.

Today, Bachmann appeared on Glenn Beck’s show to discuss the incident.

The Huffington Post notes:

“How do you navigate in that kind of world where you’re being — I think — set up to look like a homophobe. Are you a homophobe?” Beck asked Bachmann.

“Of course not. I believe that we love all people, I love everyone. I don’t necessarily agree with them,” she replied. She added that she treated the mother and child in accordance with the Golden Rule. “Continually the agenda-driven community wants to climb up on my platform and make their issue my issue and paint me as someone that I’m not,” she said.

The Huffington Post notes that Dan Savage said it was wrong to have the child ask Bachmann the question. Frankly, I don’t disagree, but once it was done, Bachmann’s actions are her own. This is not “fruit of the poisoned tree,” this is not a scenario where we cannot touch Bachmann’s actions because we disagree with how it initiated.

So, shamelessly, Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann attack Elijah, the eight-year old boy. Beck claims he didn’t want to say what he did, and Bachmann, who doesn’t let an interview or debate go by without touting her 23 foster care kids, says the boy was looking down at his feet. Apparently, in the Bachmann household, children as young as eight are taught public speaking skills.

Bachmann then lies and says that after the boy made his comments, the family merely walked away.

In fact, Bachmann, as you know from the above video, dismissed them.

Beck, defending Bachmann, says, “this is a recurring theme with you and they’re coming with children to attack you.”

Well, Glenn, even children know right from wrong, or in these cases, know the Right is wrong.

Beck then claims that accusing a Republican of being homophobic is a “nuclear bomb.” Seriously? Bachmann, Perry, and just about every GOP candidate has USED being anti-gay to further their conservative bona-fides.

Bachmann says that in 5000 (isn’t it supposed to be 6000?) years of recorded history, only men and women married. But, of course, we all know how bad Bachmann is at history.

Bachmann ends up calling eight-year old Elijah’s act, “shameless.” That’s shameless. He’s eight, not eighteen, or eighty.

The clip ends with Beck’s sidekick claiming we all have the same rights. Well, pal, the Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia disagreed with that line of thinking 45 years ago.

Oh, and she claims she’s not a homophobe.

And I hate pie.

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rf7777 December 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I agree with Dan Savage. It was obvious that the boy was put up to this. What his parents did was shameless. The right wing uses children as props and weapons. We should be above that.

eagander December 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I agree. It seems very clear the child was coached and didn't at all look like the idea was his own to confront a stranger. He probably didn't even realize what his statement meant, and the look on Bachmann's face was also disbelief that a child was used in such a way. Bad mother!

wyocowboy62 December 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Beck and Bachmann are shameless…first of al Bachmann same-sex marriages have been happening since the dawn of time and even your so called "religion" has been doing it…know your history before you open you mouth which it seems you do NOT!

Scott_Rose December 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

It makes me angry that people are criticizing the mother. Bachmann gay-bashed that family when she said "Bye bye." Why in response to what Elijah told her did she not embrace the mother and say "What a fine son you have!"? Bachmann gives her followers their marching orders to stigmatize children like Elijah merely because their parents are gay. It is nobody else's business to second-guess how Elijah's mother is teaching him self-esteem, and defense against the inevitable bigots. I repeat that had Bachmann embraced the mother and praised the child, nobody would be criticizing the mother now. So all energy wasted on criticizing the mother should instead be spent, calling Bachmann's office and demanding that she immediately cease all of her political gay bashing. Congresswoman Bachmann gay bashed this family right to their faces.

Scott_Rose December 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

It must be additionally noted that Congresswoman Bachmann has an illicit business interest in perpetuating anti-gay bigotry. The Bachmann and Associates Christian Counseling Center makes money by providing the thoroughly discredited "Pray away the gay" so-called "conversion therapy." That is one of her motivations in dismissively saying "Bye bye" to Elijah upon learning that his mother is lesbian.

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