Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wanted to "incite something" when she led Democratic lawmakers through a Tea Party protest on the day healthcare was passed, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said last night.
Democrats have claimed that Tea Partiers shouted the "n" word at black lawmakers as they made their way across the street before the vote. Conservatives, including Bachmann, have said Democrats are fabricating that incident.
Appearing on Fox News last night, Bachmann upped the ante, claiming Pelosi wanted to "incite" Tea Partiers.
"In three years I have never seen Nancy Pelosi cross the street, the way that you saw in that picture," Bachmann told Sean Hannity. "They deliberately went through that crowd perhaps to try and incite something."
Bachmann said the Democrats were "slandering" Tea Partiers by calling them racist.
"It is a smear technique, but now it is beyond smearing people this is actually out and out slandering people," she said. "Again, 30,000 freedom loving people, they were picking up their own litter afterwards. These were the nicest people you would ever want to meet, happy people. I think there's been a prearranged caricature that is being written, whether it is from the White House, whether it is from the -- I don't know where coming from."