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November 28, 2014

Michele Bachmann: ‘Handcuff’ the ‘Lawless President’s Hands’ (Video)

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Bachmann speaks with the media Friday about border and immigration legislation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Tea party firebrand Michele Bachmann suggested late Friday on the House floor that Congress should put handcuffs on the “lawless president’s hands” — a remark that brought a rebuke from the chair and appears to violate House rules.

The Minnesota Republican made the figurative remark while speaking on the floor during debate on legislation ending the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program granting deportation relief and work permits to some children brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The legislation also would prohibit President Barack Obama from expanding the program to other illegal immigrants as the president reportedly is considering whether to expand the program to as many as 5 million people.

Bachmann said House passage of the bill would “put a handcuff on one of the president’s hands” and said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., should bring the Senate back and pass the bill.

“He needs to put the other handcuff on this lawless president’s hands,” she said as she grabbed one of her wrists.

The chair admonished Bachmann immediately after she was finished speaking: “The chair wishes to remind members to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president.”

Later, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., sought to strike Bachmann’s words.

“Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to strike from the congressional record the words of the gentlelady from Minnesota who described placing a handcuff on one hand of the president — point of order — may i finish my unanimous consent request? Thank you. Who in one moment described putting one handcuff on one hand of the president, a second handcuff on the second hand of the president, and handcuffing the lawless president of the United States. Those are words which are not appropriate in the Congressional Record. I ask unanimous consent that they be stricken impugning the character and integrity of the President of the United States (in) clear violation of the rules of this House.”

The request was rejected by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif.

“I object. The request is not timely,” Royce said.

Cicilline pressed his case, noting that there is no requirement that a unanimous consent request be timely — unlike another House procedure, known as taking down someone’s words. If Cicilline had promptly asked the chair to take down Bachmann’s words and the chair had ruled her words out of line, she would have been banned from speaking on the floor the rest of the day.

Royce then objected again, and the House adjourned as Cicilline was gaveled down.

The House rules manual discussing Rule XVII, the rule for decorum, states, “Members should refrain from discussing the President’s personal character.”

The manual gives numerous examples of comments ruled out of order on the House floor, including charging that the president is acting “above the law.”

Here’s Bachmann’s remarks from a CQ Roll Call transcript:

“Last weekend I think the nation was stunned when our president said that he would unilaterally use his power, raw power, to effectively grant amnesty to five million to six million foreign nationals here in the United States illegally. He said that he would do that with his power. and what happened this week is that this body came together and we decided to answer the president’s unconstitutional call.

So this bill effectively, this DACA bill, we’ll put forward the strongest possible legislative response that this body could put forward. We say in this bill that the president has no power, no authority administratively to grant permits which would effectively grant amnesty to five million to six million foreign nationals illegally in the United States. in other words, Mr. Speaker, we will put a handcuff on one of the president’s hands. Now we need to have —

(Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va.): “I yield an additional minute.”

The Speaker Pro Tempore: “The gentlelady is recognized for an additional one minute.”

“Now in the United States Senate, the Majority Leader Harry Reid left town. He’s left town. Not only did he fail to complete an immigration bill, but he knows full well that President Obama may illegally grant amnesty to five million to six million foreign nationals illegally in the United States. Without doing anything.

What Harry Reid has the opportunity to do is come back and join us. We’ll be here any time, any day, anywhere, any how. We’ll join him here in August, September, whenever. He needs to put the other handcuff on this lawless president’s hands. So that we can strain this president from granting amnesty. That’s what the American people want us to do. We do that tonight with this bill. We invite Harry Reid to bring the Senate back and put the handcuff on the president’s other hand so we can have sovereignty again on our southern border. And I yield back to the gentleman from Virginia.”

The Speaker Pro Tempore: “The chair wishes to remind members to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president.”

  • rational38

    why strike it? Let everyone see her for the fool she is.

    • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

      So, you support the INVASION of 3rd world illegal aliens…..???

      What, do you have your application in to house some for $6,000. per month of U.S. Taxpayers money….????

      • Jesse4

        Off topic.

        • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

          Hey, re-read what all the hoopla was about and get back with a some REAL criticism……..

      • oaklanddog

        What does the idiot’s words toward the President have to do with
        “support the INVASION of 3rd world illegal aliens..”? Care to explain?

        • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

          Well, without the Sesame Street puppets I’m not sure how to explain it to you ….

          Are you aware that it is ILLEGAL under U S Federal Law to enter the U S without an Entry Permit, (visa)….???????

          • oaklanddog

            Ok, but again what does handcuffing the President remarks by one of the CONS puppets have to do with what you say?

        • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

          Well, assuming that you are being intentionally obtuse and are actually capable of understanding that the use of “Hand-Cuffs” was used as a METAPHOR that encourages LEGISLATION that would BLOCK the “0″ from issuing an EXECUTIVE ORDER of Amnesty, I’m left to ask; what is it you do not understand…???

          • oaklanddog

            I see. And very nice response by you trying to explain that crazy lady words. too bas she can’t do it herself. “He needs to put the other handcuff on this lawless president’s hands,” she said as she grabbed one of her wrists. The chair admonished Bachmann immediately after she was finished speaking: “The chair wishes to remind members to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president.”

          • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

            “LAWLESS” is NOT a characterization, it IS a FACT, insofar as the LAWS that are on the books are concerned.

            The “0″ and the Justice Dept BOTH ACKNOWLEDGE that they are NOT enforcing existing LAWS.

            But I understand how the thought of “hand-cuffs” make the “0″ and his supporters itchy, knowing its just a matter of time…….

          • oaklanddog

            A matter of time. Don’t you wish.

          • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

            Time, being the foundational element of evolution, and evolution being the undisputed agent of change, then any and all changes are but a matter of time….right…???

          • oaklanddog

            Well, yes but you only have two years of time.

          • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

            There are NO “statutes of limitations” on some criminal and civil offenses and these offenses are NOT being committed by one man alone.

            But I understand, you’re just doing your ‘duty’ supporting your Dear Leader and are just a foot-soldier useful-idiot and have no way of knowing what’s really going on.

            By the way, have you signed up for that $6,000. a month to house an illegal yet…???

          • oaklanddog

            Name me one civil offense that does not have a statute of limitations? And what criminal offenses do you speak of or are you just doing your duty to spread BS?

          • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

            The “civil offense” of the Usurpation of the Federal Executive Office of POTUS carries NO Statute of Limitations against damages caused by the Usurper.

            Title 50 at Chapter 23 re; 841, et seq., carry NO Statute of Limitations under its USE OF FORCE provisions.

            Nor does TREASON, under the doctrine of Political Will, carry ANY Statute of Limitations, under the aiding, abetting, providing comfort and or adhering to the enemy requisites of the charge.

            LAW is NOT “toothless” against abuses to IT, and the “common law” of the United States IS the COTUS, which is NOT a suicide pact that allows a POLITICAL FACTION to dismantle it.

            Although the National Socialist Democrat Party, as it is now constituted,holds its-self out to be Constitutional, it is in FACT suffering from the influence of the parasitic doctrine of socialist communism that attempts to consume all that it encounters then moves on to a new host.

            So, NO, there is NO Statute of Limitations against Constitutional Abuses as long as there are American Patriots still standing.

          • oaklanddog

            What, did you make up these “civil offenses”? And what Constitutional Abuses do you refer to? I’m sure that an intelligent person like you knows that the President has immunity from all civil offenses and must first be removed from office before being adjudicated in a civil court of law. You did know that didn’t you?

          • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

            Usurpation IS a Civil Offense…..and NO the POTUS is SUBJECT to Civil complaints, just ask Bill Clinton,…as for the rest……..if you are not aware of the ABUSES to The Constitution then you are part of the problem……..

          • oaklanddog

            Is thisa what you are talking about?  But you didn’t care when a white President does it do you? President Bush has admitted that he has authorized the use of surveillance upon American citizens and residents. He has argued that he has the authority to do so, that he has balanced the need to spy on us and our civil liberties. Unfortunately, his claims do not withstand scrutiny.

          • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

            What, are you a RACIST….??? Why are you injecting RACE into the conversation of civil and criminal and Constitutional offenses………do you think that it is only minorities that violate the law…???

            You don’t get the FACT that it is Anti-Constitutional to inject RACE into a conversation that has NOTHING to do with RACE….

            What a RACIST you are ……… you honkie hating dim wit…

          • oaklanddog

            I’m just curious as to why this case was not made when President Bush was doing the same things that Obama is doing. Can you explain?

        • http://www.clickandconnectclubs.com/ ClicknConnect Clubs

          Then what is your issue lemming?

  • http://nbcfund.com/ slcraig

    Guatemala GDP per Capita:U.S. $3,900

  • James Smith

    My fellow patriots American’s what do you think of this? I partially quote the
    bush crime family aspirations of the new world order where Mr., a serious
    sociopathic freak of nature bush senior said; it’s a big idea, the “dumbass” new
    world order. Their objectives were to bring to fruition and usher in that one
    world communist u.n. centralized governement. It appears to be an elaborate
    sophisticate devious criminal plan, where israel has conflicts with there
    neighbors and maybe even those conflicts were calculated and choreographed on
    purpose?

    The bush’s created a serious need for the dual citizen American
    jews to chum up and cooperate where they would collaborated in that 9/11 mass
    murder of more than 3000 American citizens? And all of congress is and was
    complicit so they could get that cooperation. But the whole charade was a ploy
    to usher in the main nefarious scheme; one world communist government where all 545 plus many others top politicians were complicit and criminally collaborating in what they thought would help defend their own country and
    homeland?

    9/11 was perpetrating so poorly that it would most certainly be
    exposed and the ones truly responsible would now have to defend and cover up their crimes and make sure someone was placed in the white house to create as many scandals and hoax’s as possible to cloud all their serious war crimes against the American people, like a patsy and claim 9/11 was a hoax also where nobody died and therefore no mass murders crimes were committed but they all got caught red-handed in a double whammy with their pants down around their knee’s twice.

    America invaded a country knowing it had nothing to do 9/11 and
    that was the plan all along? America looks in fact inadvertently criminally like
    were involved in that blatant war crime. So now not only does Israel have a
    problem with attacking the American people they now also have a problem with the new world order? Do I need to explain any further for anyone to understand what I’m trying to say? Now the bush’s puppet obama can and are blackmailing our top politicians with the crime of the century against the American people collaborating and usher in the “new one world dumbass communist centralized government of iron fist order? When you think you’re doing somebody criminal wrong make sure they’re not setting you up and doing everybody wrong?

    America invaded a country knowing it had nothing to do 9/11 and
    that was the plan all along? America looks in fact inadvertently criminally like
    were involved in that blatant war crime. So now not only does Israel have a
    problem with attacking the American people they now also have a problem with the new world order? Do I need to explain any further for anyone to understand what I’m trying to say? Now the bush’s puppet obama can and are blackmailing our top politicians with the crime of the century against the American people collaborating and usher in the “new one world dumbass communist centralized government of iron fist order? When you think you’re doing somebody criminal wrong make sure they’re not setting you up and doing everybody wrong?

    • Silvercat

      Repeating the same paragraph does not add validation to your comments. Did you forget to take your meds today?

  • BadKarma

    Handcuff B. Hussein Obama and send the Muslim terrorist to Gitmo.

  • Ed Burns

    I say put the hand cuffs around his throat, tar and feather him and run him out the country to his jihadi friends and let f-ck up their agenda.

    • oaklanddog

      Wow Ed, tough words. And who do you propose will carry out your deeds – certainly not you right?

      • Ed Burns

        Not strong enough but I suppose, it was only wishful thinking on my part since most of our representatives do not have the guts to take the appropriate action to rid us of the rubbish!

    • Tony Farrer

      replace him with HER and I’m SURE you’re talking about the Psycho Michelle Bachmann !!

  • PoorlittleKid

    Let you voice be heard , let your Senators and Congressman know he/she will NOT be RE-ELECTED in Nov 2014 and there will be complete “Fall Cleaning” of Congress and Senate in 2016 Presidential election if they do not act on current immigration issue or ignore the AMERICAN PEOPLE VOICE.

    PLEASE DO YOUR CIVIC DUTY.

    MY FELLOW AMERICANS! YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY ,

    WE ARE NOT TERRORIST ACCORDING TO HARRY REID.

    WE ARE AMERICANS,

    Call the Number 1-866-220-0044. if you do not “WE THE PEOPLE” will loose.
    DO NOT BE AFRAID, LET SILENT MAJORITIES VOICES BE HEARD .

    Remember Obama said , I have “Pen and Phone (Voice)” and I will use it,
    Guess what WE THE PEOPLE ALSO HAVE THE SAME .. “Pen(VOTE) and Phone (Voice)” which is mightier than sword, use his own tools be smart.

    Those Senators and Congressman Work for US “We the People”.

    God Bless America

    • Tony Farrer

      She’s NOT RUNNING.. she’s preparing for her FBI investigation and several OTHER charges against her !! Let’s HOPE she goes to prison where she belongs.. maybe she can shack up, bunk with Virginia’s ex Gov McDonnell’s wife in federal prison !

  • Elizabeth Simmons

    She’s not wrong, when she’s saying what a MAJORITY of U.S. citizens desire. Those who are in such favor of Illegal Immigration/amnesty, put these people up in YOUR OWN HOME. Don’t make me pay for welfare for these people, which is what happens. I’ve seen it over & over.

    • Tony Farrer

      There’s NOTHING, NOTHING, MB crazy psycho is RIGHT about, and if you think so you had better check out your mental health care benefits.. This woman is a travesty to Congress, to her sex and to any other group you can associate her with !

  • mike hunt

    unadulterated LUNACY !!!

    • http://www.clickandconnectclubs.com/ ClicknConnect Clubs

      Unadulterated PERFECTION!!!!

      • mike hunt

        Sorry EXTREME CHRISTIANITY and religion DO NOT MIX!!

  • Tony Farrer

    Every time this wacko crazy beach says crap like this, her office will get called out on it.. I hope the FBI throws her into PRISON, please convict this PSYCHO !!

  • merr7242

    How about let’s put tape over Michele Bachmann’s mouth!

    • http://www.clickandconnectclubs.com/ ClicknConnect Clubs

      How about YOU shut up!

  • 51franco

    Somebody put this woman in a straight jacket and lock her in a rubber room.

    • http://www.clickandconnectclubs.com/ ClicknConnect Clubs

      Let FREEDOM Ring!!! Yeah baby!!!

      Go Michele!!

  • http://www.clickandconnectclubs.com/ ClicknConnect Clubs

    BEST speech!! About time….fight fire with fire….better then a dirty lying harry reid speech!!

    Go Michele – Go Michele!!

  • http://www.clickandconnectclubs.com/ ClicknConnect Clubs

    Hey Roll Call: barry….why aren’t you golfing and vacationing?

    Hey moron….this fake prez has the most inflammatory rhetoric or ANY president we have had in our lifetime…and, his appeal is to the UNEDUCATED LEMMINGS obama zombies!!!

    But YOU already know that barry…..are you afraid?

  • Nick Bradshaw

    Here we find Obama telling even more lies about Obamacare: http://youtu.be/Lf06ue10uB4?t=1m8s

  • Bestuv Burke

    Obama Fatigue Syndrome is setting in.

  • Mark Crane

    I like someone to “handcuff” Bachmann & muzzle her stupid ignorant Mouth; How’s the Investigation going into her illegal/unethical campaign Finance Violations anyway? What a stupid irrelevant Woman

  • Kenneth Streiff

    There is very little that surprises me anymore from the Honorable Lady from Minnesota. Very little indeed. Except perhaps her claim to be Christian. That still stuns me.

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