After arriving 30 minutes late to speak at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann spoke only three minutes then fled the event after being heckled by a gay-rights advocate, the Huffington Post reported.
Gabe Aderhold, a 17-year-old from Edina, Minn., yelled, “Shame on you,” several times at Bachmann. Aderhold had confronted other Republican candidates earlier in the day about their opposition to LGBT equality.
“I’m a second class citizen because of you, Michele! Second class citizen! What about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for every American, Michele?” Aderhold yelled at Bachmann.
HuffPo reported that just moments after Aderhold began to heckle her, Bachmann and her entourage, which included bodyguards, moved quickly from the stage and through the crowd, at a pace rapid enough that some spectators appeared to get lightly shoved out of the way. She jumped on a golf cart with her aides and fled.
Bachmann, who made demonization of gay people the focal point of her early political career, won today’s Ames Straw Poll, which is decided mostly by fundamentalist Christian GOP activists. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, placed a close second. The poll is considered an early test of the GOP’s crowded presidential field. No Republican can win the party’s presidential nomination without a stamp of approval from the party’s anti-gay fringe voters.
Bachmann and her husband Marcus Bachmann own unlicensed “Christian counseling” centers that attempt to turn gay people straight. Bachmann stresses her experience as co-owner of the clinic as one of her greatest qualifications for leading the world’s largest economy.
Although Bachmann does not believe in federal government spending to support the economy, her clinics accept Medicaid funding.
Marcus Bachmann has come under widespread ridicule for his effeminate appearance and mannerisms at the same time he sells “pray-away-the gay” therapy to others.