8 year old Elijah Cromer of Myrtle Beach challenged Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s stance on homosexuality at a book signing for her new memoir on Sunday. When he reached his place in line, Eliaja quietly said to Bachman:”My mommy — Miss Bachmann, my mommy’s gay, but she doesn’t need fixing.”
Elijah has grown up in what his mother called an unconventional home. His mother is gay and he has a transgendered father.
The encounter was videotaped and that video has since went viral and racked up over 2 million views by Wednesday.
Controversy and discussion have ensued over the last couple of days. Some people feel that little boy’s mother was essentially using her son to make a political point and given the child’s young age, was coached by the mother. Others feel that children now days are not raised in a vacuum and Elijah is old enough to be aware of the political discourse that surrounds gay families.
When interviewed the child’s mother, Lora Talbot, said her son was not forced or coached to approach Bachmann. Talbot stated: “When he saw her bus, he says, ‘I have some things I want to say to her, too.’” Talbot said. “I said, ‘OK. Well, maybe we can say them together, as mother and son.’ Well when we got to the front of the line I said, ‘You know, I’m not sure what I’m going to say. I’m not ready for this.’ So I stepped out and he pulled me back and said ‘Well I want to say something to her.'”
Bachmann said Wednesday it was “reprehensible”. “This little boy was looking down at his toes. He obviously didn’t want to say what he was put up to say. And I just think it’s reprehensible when someone uses a little child to advance a political agenda,” Bachmann told CNN’s John King.
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