Michele Bachmann got an earful from an 8-year old gay activist.
Take, for instance,, 8-year old Elijah. The shy elementary student, egged on by his mother, had a very special message for Bachmann.
Leaning in close to the congresswoman, Elijah whispered, “My mommy — Miss Bachmann, my mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need fixing.”
It takes a second for Bachmann to realize what Elijah has said. Then, after overcoming her initial shock, she shoots Elijah’s mother quite the icy, accusatory glare. She’s less disturbed by Elijah’s political message than by his mother’s role in the matter. This was a proverbial “gotcha” moment, with a kid as the trigger man, and Bachmann’s stare seems to say it’s sleazy, manipulative or wrong. But it’s no such thing.
One has to assume Elijah believes what he says — he loves his lesbian mommy — and though pushed, it was most likely for his childish shyness, rather than political opportunism. Even if it were, though, one has to remember that Bachmann’s uses her 28 children, 23 of them fostered, to push her pro-family rhetoric, so basically Bachmann and Elijah’s mother are playing the same game. Either way, Elijah spoke his mind to a woman who thinks his mother is demonic. That’s pretty brave, so kudos to you, kid.
Politics aside, the most captivating moment in this video is when Bachmann, after glaring at Elijah’s mother, snaps back to reality, putting on a happy face both the public and Elijah, whom, to her credit, she clearly doesn’t want to upset.