An awkward situation unfolded this afternoon when Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was speaking aboard the USS Yorktown in South Carolina. While delivering a foreign policy address, her speech was co-opted by Occupy Wall Street protestors.
About 10 minutes into her talk, Bachmann left the stage under police escorts after between 20 and 30 protestors stood up and began chanting in an effort to derail her speech. In typical Zuccotti-Park style, they used their "human megaphone" methodology, where one person shouts and everyone else chants what he or she is saying. Reading from a script, they chanted:
"This will only take a minute... You capitalize on dividing Americans / claiming people that disagree with you / are unpatriotic socialists / and you promote discrimination."
Here's some footage of the incident:
At first, Bachmann just stood there and watched the scene unfold. Then, audience members came to her rescue, as they tried to shout the Occupiers down. They yelled "sit down," but their pleas weren't recognized. After Bachmann exited the stage, the protestors marched off the USS Yorktown chanting their famous line, "We are the 99 percent!"
Here's a report from MSNBC:
Bachmann's response? Once she returned to the stage, MSNBC reports that she said, "Don't you love the First Amendment?"
(H/T: National Journal)