Republicans have been accused of inflaming public sentiment with heated rhetoric on health care reform. But Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) thinks it’s Democratic House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi who was trying to “incite something” when she crossed the street at a Tea Party protest.
In a Thursday interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Bachmann defended the Tea Party protesters at the Capitol the day health care reform was passed.
“Remember when Speaker Pelosi walked arm-in-arm in a civil rights march across Independence Avenue from the House buildings over to the Capitol,” said Bachmann.
“In three years I have never seen Nancy Pelosi cross the street the way that you saw in that picture. They deliberately went through that crowd perhaps to try and incite something,” she said.
Numerous lawmakers alleged at the time of the protest that they were hit with abusive epithets at the protests, with some being called “ni–er” or “fag–t.”
Since then, a number of right wing politicians and commenters, including Bachmann, have disputed that the name-calling ever took place. But Bachmann appears to be the first lawmaker to suggest that Democrats were trying to force a confrontation at the event.
This video is from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast April 1, 2010.