Michele Bachmann shoots from the lip: A timeline of the congresswoman's incendiary statements

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords barely survived a massacre in Tucson on Saturday, after gunman Jared Lee Loughner opened fire on her and a crowd of supporters and staff.

Six people died in the attack, including a judge and a 9-year-old girl. Many more were injured. And now there have been calls for politicians like Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to ease up on political speeches that glorify gun rhetoric and bloody revolutions.

A Bachmann primer:

On opposing environmental legislation in early 2009:

"I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us 'having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,' and the people - we the people - are going to have to fight back hard if we're not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.

Telling The Northern Alliance's John Hinderaker and Brian Ward she's in a war:

"I'm a foreign correspondent on enemy lines and I try to let everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington."

On opposing health care reform in September 2009:

"What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn't pass."

Declaring in January 2010 that her favorite "big gun" is an AR-15.

I don't get as much time to go and shoot as I would like, but my favorite gun is the AR-15. It's so accurate. It is a big gun! I'll do a handgun, but it's not my favorite.

On slitting her wrists:

That's from the cowboy and Indian movies from the 1950s. That's all my brothers and I watched: John Wayne and cowboys and Indians.

Likening the health care debate in March 2010 to the suicidal Charge of the Light Brigade. (And realizing later her history was bollixed.)

In April she told tea partiers we have a gangster government of street hoodlums:

"We're on to them. We're on to this gangster government. And we are not going to let them have their way."

Then she asserted Bill Clinton put a hit on her:

"Because I'm using a statement like 'gangster,' I'm responsible for creating the climate of hate that could lead to another Timothy McVeigh and another Oklahoma City bombing."

She defended her "gangster government" talk on Fox:

On seeking a vote to repeal health care reform in December:

"If they don't I think there needs to be an insurrection here in Washington, D.C against our own leadership--because that is the message that's come loud and clear out of this election: a full scale repudiation and rejection of the federal government takeover of private industry."

Rep. Keith Ellison is among Bachmann's critics focusing this kind of language. He's called on her to tone it down.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

I'M BACK!!! Ya, it's once again time to start hammering on the liberal dolts in here.This article furthers the notion that it's actually the left that's the intolerant ones. Where is all the diversity and tolerance the left used to preach about?

robdicken
robdicken

Kind of hard to have "tolerance" against a bunch of violence preaching/influencing clowns. Bachmann = Clown

Wrohde
Wrohde

Looks like you got hoodwinked.

As a reporter, you have to ask the basic question. If you are going to allege fraud, then were is it.

http://childhealthsafety.wordp...

Wrohde
Wrohde

Sorry folks for the mix up.

I was posting on the autism story and clicked on this. Somehow my post was transfered to this story.

Carsun47
Carsun47

Can someone please print likewise comments made by the left against George Bush and any republican congressman or senator. thank you.

SAFARI!
SAFARI!

Bachmann is a KUNT of the highest caliber. OOps I said 'caliber' I guess now I'm inciting revolution. The fact that OxyBoy limburger and all his slime are now defending their positions reveals what types of HUMANS they are. 'HOW DARE YOU HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE FOR MY OWN SPEECHES/BLOGS/FILTH!'You'll pay close attention that none of the democratic nonsense ends up with dead civilians.jdell - go eat ANOTHER sandwich! Heart disease approaches!

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

Bashing Bachman is really getting old.

So what? So you don't like her. Move on. Report on something you would like to see happen. Another person you would perfer.

This constant, juvenile, nothingness rant has grown old, really old

David
David

What a odd obsession CP has with Michele Bachmann! EVERY week of CP needs to have some reference to her. Someone dealing with mommy issues? Or did a conservative gal upset the tummy of one of your writers/editors at one point by turning him down?

robdicken
robdicken

She says a lot of dumb things. There's always something to cover!

mike
mike

I recommend not having comments after articles...they all follow the same arc of screaming and it always devolves into childish name-calling. My guess is not a single opinion has ever shifted a millimeter from a posting that contained a term like "fucktard."

Ty
Ty

I've long thought that freedom of speech doesn't have to extend to the right to spew hate at the bottom of every article posted on the web. There's no question that this type of forum does more to reinforce divisions than anything. We're suffering from a case of quantity over quality when it comes to social and political discourse.

Ben
Ben

I can't believe the CityPages allows this type of Yellow Journalism on its website. I have a hard time believing anybody can honestly work for this newspaper and at the same time have such a complete lack of a grasp on simple literary devices like metaphor and hyperbole. I came here today to see what's going on in the music scene this weekend. If I wanted propaganda I could have just gone straight to Fox News.

at least there's still Vita.mn

Jdell92
Jdell92

And to put the last nail on the coffin of "Who's really calling out the vitriolic violence"... CitiPages has a FUCKING ARTICLE on how some fucking left-wing asshole was just arrested for throwing tomatos at Sarah Palin. But good job, CitiPages, on hiring such non-partisan reporters like Denburg, who spit out vitriol like its last weeks pizza... You are quickly becoming my toilet paper of choice. Now the NYT has competition on whos first to wipe my fat ass...

historian
historian

Clinton killed 82 people including pregnant woman and children in an inferno but old bubba is just fine with you idiots at citipages. The murder in OKC even said he did his deed because of Clinton and Reno.This fuckwad did his deed because OBAMA & Pelosi are good Communists like himself and was pissed because the daily kos told him this congresswoman was "dead to them"Squeaky Fromme was an anarchist and member of the progressive movement.Sirhan Sirhan was another liberal murdererlee Harvey Oswald was a commie leftist murdererWhy didn't the Sheriff down in Tucson do something before hand. He obviously knew more than he is letting on. Of course the tea party put out a movie on Killing President O'bama (or was that bush)??

robdicken
robdicken

How can you be a "historian" when lack vital knowledge?

McVeigh didn't bomb OKC because Clinton and Reno told him to do it. The AZ shooter didn't go shoot 6 people and a DEMOCRATIC congresswoman because Obama and other Democrats told him to do it. Are you mentally handicapped? And I am serious about that question...

That previous question would be an easy excuse. However, the correct excuse would be that you're a simple brainwashed hooligan of the Faux "News" channel.

Jdell92
Jdell92

Boy howdy...all those gun totin' rednecks with all their rhetoric of violence...let me list a few of 'em so we can really take 'em to task.

1. Photo of of a left wing fucktard pointing a gun at Sarah Palins head posted on GettyImages. GettyImages has since pulled the photo...but you can probably still google it..

2. The "Abort Sarah Palin" stickers that made their rounds just a little while ago...

3. The "Abort Sarah Palin" bumper stickers that made their round a little while ago...

4. The "M.I.L.P." (Mother I'd Like to Punch) "artwork" that popped up a little while ago showing a fist knocking out Sarah Palins teeth...

5. Madonna screaming out "I will kick Sarah Palin's ass" during one of her concerts...

6. The ever-pleasant and left-wing love child Sandra Bernhard dishing out invectives against Sarah Palin during one of her shows...

7. Democratic Underground posting threads about coming up with derogotory names for Sarah Palin and posting them all over the blogosphere...

8. The I-Dont-Know-How-Fucking-Many Anti-Bush signs, slogans, t-shirts, coffee mugs, postage stamps, stickers, bumper stickers, buttons, and general douchebaggery brought up by the left wing psycophants and hate-filled fucks...

9. The FUCKING UNHINGED PSYCHO Perriello/Obama supporter who was ripping up signs and screaming "Fuck you, you fucking house nigger white-black bitch" during the elections...

10. The pictures of apes shitting on John McCain's head, the pictures of John McCain as a vampire, the pictures of John McCain as a bloodthirsty warmonger...

11. The left-wing fucktard loon who was setting fires in Marston Mills and Barnstable, WA and leaving signs saying "Fuck the Rich"...

12. Obama telling Hispanics to "Punish your enemies", while campaigning before the last elections...

13. Obama telling America he's looking "to find out whos responsible so I know who's ass to kick..." during the Gulf Oil Spill...

14, Classic retard Joy Behar calling Sarah Palin a "bitch" on national T.V.

15. The ever-classy, left-wing fucknoodle Kathy Griffin proclaiming that she will now hound 16 year old Willow Palin, daughter of Sarah Palin...

Oh wait...these are all left-wing fucktard loons spitting the vitriolic invectives aimed at anyone who dosen't agree with thier hacked and split (and might I say minority) view of how they think America is supposed to run. Yah, Hart Van Denburg...you surely are a journalist of the highest caliber. We can, forever more, count on your non-partisan coverage of daily events and happenings in the United States.

Erd135
Erd135

Yeah... but what you don't realize is that most of these people ARE NOT politicians. There's a lot of disgusting talk on both sides of the line, but politicians need to be especially careful because they are elected by the people for the people and people hold them accountable for what they say. You can pick through as many leftist politicians' speeches as you want and find tiny things they have said, but it will be nowhere near as many as violent things the right-wing politicians have said. I mean, it's not like these are just things that liberalists are doing. Have you not seen the "correlation" between Obama and Osama on signs... absolutely disgusting, harmful, inappropriate and immature. Either way, politicians need to stop. It's disgusting and inappropriate. Hopefully if they stop, the rest of the people will begin to follow suit.

Unrepentant
Unrepentant

Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from that led to the terrorist attack in AZ? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.

Jdell92
Jdell92

Unrepentant...you are a fucktard of the highest caliber. They are posting all over the news today about how this guy WAS a left-wing fuckdonkey who had postings on Daily Kos, threatened the Congresswoman, had left-wing loon writings all over his house, and was described by his FRIENDS as rabidly left-wing. But good job on reporting the facts...just like a good little liberal...spewing out what it wants the world to see, and not what is reality...

robdicken
robdicken

You are instantly discredited when you have to use "fucktard" and "fuckdonkey" during multiple insults in your rebuttal.

You are just as misinformed and illiterate as your counterparts in Congress.

Mike
Mike

Seriously, every time I open City Pages, they are bashing this woman. Getting old here peeps

Ty
Ty

Okay, guys, we get it. You don't like her. I sincerely dare you to go a full 24 hours without the name "Bachmann" somewhere on your site's homepage. This hate-crush is getting a bit obsessive.

Unrepentant
Unrepentant

You got that right. Why all the hate over a woman promoting violence?

Jdell92
Jdell92

When did Sarah Palin promote violence?

Are you talking about Joy Behar? Or Madonna? Or Sandra Bernhard? Or Rosie O'Donnel? Or Jane Fonda?Or Michelle Obama?Or Kathy Griffin?Or Collette Pean?Or Joanne Chesimard?Or Irene Davidson?Or Theresa Marie SquillacoteOr Ethel Rosenberg?Or Kathy Boudin?Or Naomi Jaffe?Or Kathy Wilkerson?Or Elanor Raskin?Or Susan Stern?Or Laura Whitehorn?Or Bernadine Dohrn?

Naw...you couldnt be talking about any of these sick-ass left-wing fuckloons who plotted and in some cases killed American Citizens in thier efforts to bring about Socialism and Communism as the New American Way of Life. Naw.... that would be factual. And we all know that left-wing fucktards like yourself dont actually know anything about facts, but do know a whole lot about swallowing whatever cums out of the left-wing blogosphere.

DalyDarko
DalyDarko

Wow, you're so right. It's amazing that so many Prominent Liberal Politicians and Potential Presidential candidates would involve themselves in such violent rhetoric and acts! I can't wait to not vote for these hate-mongers in the next election!

If you think that the list you just put up is in any way analogous with the Becks, Palin's, Hannity's, and Bachmann's of the current political climate, then you are truly deserving of the leaders that you endorse.

Ty
Ty

Look, I very rarely (actually, never) take Bachmann's side on anything, but City Pages is just stooping down to some Fox News level shit here. Reaching way too hard to make damning connections, taking quotes out of context--this is precisely Bachmann's game. City Pages loses the right to criticize her when they're all rolling around in the same mud pit.

nospamformo
nospamformo

Talk about incendiary........

"We will bring a gun" - President Barry Obama.

"Punch back twice as hard" - President Barry Obama

DailyKOS - Gunsight target on Gifford's seat due to her FISA vote.

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