Michele Bachmann, on the tail-end of her Congressional career, has been spending more time with people from her happier days — when she and her husband weren’t being investigated on multiple fronts for ethic violations. It was just a decade ago that the now-failed U.S. Congresswoman was a rising star in Minnesota politics, rubbing elbows with the radical religious right from whence she came.
It was with conservative, religious radio host and “end times” aficionado Jan Markell that some of Bachmann’s most-offensive comments about the LGBT community were made.
For instance, talking about what she thought would happen if a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage failed in 2004, Bachmann told Markell, “It isn’t that some gay will get some rights. It’s that everyone else in our state will lose rights. For instance, parents will lose the right to protect and direct the upbringing of their children. Because our K-12 public school system, of which ninety per cent of all youth are in the public school system, they will be required to learn that homosexuality is normal, equal and perhaps you should try it. And that will occur immediately, that all schools will begin teaching homosexuality.”
Weeks later, Bachmann again appeared on Markell’s show, saying, “This is a very serious matter, because it is our children who are the prize for this community, they are specifically targeting our children.”
Now that Bachmann is looking for support and success, she’s back talking with Jan Markell — but the conversation has gotten even crazier.
“President Obama waived a ban on arming terrorists in order to allow weapons to go to the Syrian opposition,” Bachmann told Markell on Saturday. “Your listeners, US taxpayers, are now paying to give arms to terrorists including Al Qaeda.”
Of course, as we all know now, Bachmann does her own research, which means her web browser spends a lot of time at World Net Daily and Fox News.
And of course, she’s wrong.
What President Obama did was send “non-lethal” supplies to vetted Syrian opposition rebels who are not part of Al Qaeda. Supplies like gas masks — not guns or other arms.
Of course, this is cause for celebration for the 57-year old Tea Party Republican.
“This happened and as of today,” Bachmann said — on the same day the President announced a top-level Al Qaeda operative was captured, as Right Wing Watch points out, “the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.”
“Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand,” Bachmann pleaded. “When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.”
Bachmann has been pushing this “End Times” rhetoric for a long time now. In May, Bachmann claimed it was “no secret” the September 11, 2001 attacks and last year’s 9/11 attacks were God’s “hand of judgment.”
Hat-tip and audio: Right Wing Watch
Image: Screenshot of Bachmann at a Congressional prayer event, “Washington: A Man of Prayer,” video by Right Wing Watch.
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