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Bachmann Reacts to an 8 Year-Old Telling Her Off

Bachmann Reacts to an 8 Year-Old Telling Her Off

 

Michele Bachmann, appearing on Glenn Beck’s†radio show this week, has hit out at the mother of 8 year-old Elijah, the boy who at a recent book signing†in South Carolina told Bachmann “My mommy is gay but she doesnít need any fixing.”

A video of the incident,†which you can see in our prior coverage here, soon went viral on the Internet but it has met with a heated debate over whether or not it was appropriate and whether the child was used — despite the fact that Elijah, in subsequent reports, has insisted he was not pushed or coached and that he wanted to tell Michele Bachmann his point of view. More on that below.

First, Rep. Bachmann’s reaction to the incident.

You can see the full interview here, but when Beck asked her if she is the homophobe that, he believes, people are making her out to be, she responded:

“Of course not. I believe that we love all people, I love everyone.†I donít necessarily agree with them, but I love them. Iím kind to them. Iím gracious to them because the Golden Rule is: Treat others as you would want to be treated. And that’s how I treated this young boy,†and thatís how I treated the mother.Ē

As to the particular incident, she commented: “Continually the agenda-driven community wants to climb up on my platform and make their issue my issue and paint me as someone that Iím not.”

She then added, “I think it’s shameless to use a little boy, and put that little boy forward to advance an agenda issue,” before launching into a repeat of her rhetoric on marriage equality — that gay people already have the right to marry the opposite sex partner of their choice and that anything else is just a “special” right.

While the media has been keen to hear Bachmann’s side of the story, they’ve also desired an interview with 8 year-old Elijah to discern exactly what went on: was he forced into saying what he did, or did he†genuinely want to make his feelings known?

Elijah’s mother Lora Talbot who was with him on that faithful day, insists that Elijah has grown up in an “alternative family” where these issues have resonance. As such he has been able to make his own mind up, she says, and she wasn’t going to censor him or push him when, while they were their as part of the Occupy movement for a different issue, Elijah expressed a desire to talk talk to Michele Bachmann.

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“When he saw her bus, he says, ‘I have some things I want to say to her, too.’” Talbot said. “I said, ‘OK. Well, maybe we can say them together, as mother and son.’ Well when we got to the front of the line I said, ‘You know, I’m not sure what I’m going to say. I’m not ready for this.’ So I stepped out and he pulled me back and said ‘Well I want to say something to her.’”

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Lora insists neither she nor anyone else put Elijah up to approaching Bachmann and said her son has the right to express his opinion just like anyone.

“We happen to think it’s OK for an eight year old to have a voice,” she said. “I think he thinks it’s fine for them to speak up. And I think if all of these children spoke up and told these political figures exactly how it feels to be in these families, exactly how it feels to have that oppression on them, it would make a world of change.”

When Elijah was asked why he confronted hopeful Bachmann he reportedly said “Because I wanted to.”

The video of Elijah’s encounter with presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has now been watched close to†3,414,000 times.

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11:15AM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

Noted

8:35AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Noted

8:02AM PST on Jan 23, 2014

Good for Elijah !!

4:20AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

As the old saying goes "from the mouths of babes comes the truth". Children just tell it like it is. Michelle Bachman is behind the times. The issue of gay marriage is on its way to becoming legalized in all 50 states.

2:02AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Such vitriol ... Every one deserves love or none of us do.
I applaud mother and son, for their courage and conviction.
All of us would do well to learn from this boy.

1:13AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Elizabeth K. Common sense should tell you to be polite, but you obviously don't have any common sense. If my child was ever to be disrespectful to an adult there would be a punishment. Just because someone doesn't agree with homosexuality doesn't make them hateful, bigoted or stupid. It makes them NORMAL!!!!!

6:07PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Sarah, where is it written that we have to be polite to stupid, bigoted, ignorant people, like Bachman?

6:04PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Maybe the lesbian mother should teach her kid some manners!!! Lesbians don't do it all themselves. Where's this kids Dad?

11:01AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Kudos to Elijah...and it's funny, I thought a "special right" was a right one wouldn't have under normal circumstances (such as a learning disabled student being given extra time to complete tests), but given how this was the same argument used 50 years ago against interracial marriage, can't say that it surprises me.

11:26AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Bachmann is a joke. She absolutely disgusts me!! Good job to Elijah and his awesome mom (:

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