Michelle Bachmann on Bullying

Representative Bachmann has criticized antibullying legislation, saying in 2006 that “there have always been bullies, always have been, always will be.”

“I just don’t know how we’re ever going to get to point of zero tolerance, and what does it mean?” Bachmann said during a 2006 Minnesota state legislature hearing. “What will be our definition of bullying? Will it get to the point where we are completely stifling free speech and expression? Will it mean that what form of behavior will there be — will we be expecting boys to be girls?

Now that’s a toxic understanding of masculinity.

This is part of a discussion of the rash of teen suicides, many of them resulting from antigay bullying, in Bachmann’s district– and Nancy Pelosi’s suggestion that Bachmann should comment on them.

(Thanks, L!)

5 thoughts on “Michelle Bachmann on Bullying

  1. I think the fact that Bachmann conflates attempting to create a safe and tolerant environment in schools with stifling free speech says a lot about how her mind works. As far as how anti-bullying legislation constitutes expecting boys to be girls, I’m lost as to what the logic there is.

    The thing with someone like Bachmann is that you wish you could refute her statements and ideas, but you can’t quite figure out how to counter the logic, mostly because there is none. I can’t believe someone so delusional is continually elected to office.

  2. There have always been murderers and most probably, there always will be murderers, but that is no reason not to have laws against homicide.

  3. A main reason that Bachmann (like my female Tea Party governor, Nikki Haley) can get by with saying these outlandish things is because she is female, so it doesn’t seem as dangerous or harsh. A man saying bullies are nothing to worry about, makes you wonder if HE is the closet bully. But a woman who has had umpteen foster children sounds like she has some special feminine ‘worldly wisdom’ on her side, you know? It DEFANGS the comment and the position itself.

    They really like her in these parts; worried she might win the state GOP primary. If held today, she would. Hopefully she will show more of her ass before the SC primary in winter. (sigh)

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