Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced this week that she will not be running for re-election in 2014. Good riddance! Bachmann is so batshit crazy she makes all the other wackjobs in the Republican Party look sane and rational by comparison. (I’m talking to you, Rick Santorum.)
To celebrate what is hopefully the end of Bachmann’s political career, here are some of the low points from her six years in office:
– March 2008: Bachmann refers to global warming as “voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.”
– March 2009: On Glenn Beck’s radio show, Bachmann warns listeners that the U.S. Dollar may soon be replaced by a “One World Currency.”
– April 2009: Bachmann questions carbon dioxide’s role in global warming: “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”
– November 2009: Bachmann headlines a fundraiser for anti-gay Christian extremist group You Can Run But You Cannot Hide (YCRBYCH). Bachmann is a longtime supporter of YCRBYCH and its leader, Bradlee Dean.
– January 2011: Bachmann says of colonial Americans: “It didn’t matter the color of their skin, it didn’t matter their language…Once you got here, we were all the same. Isn’t that remarkable?” In the same speech she says that the founding fathers “worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”
– April 2011: At a speaking engagement in Iowa, Bachmann claims that “God” told her to sponsor an amendment to the Minnesota constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
– August 2011: Bachmann says that Americans are concerned about “the rise of the Soviet Union.”
– June 2012: Bachmann claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government.
– May 2013: At a Capitol Hill prayer event, Bachmann says that the 9/11 attacks of 2001 and the Benghazi attack of 2012 were acts of “judgment” by God.
According to PolitiFact, a non-partisan political fact-checking site that rates statements on a Truth-O-Meter from “True” to “Pants on Fire”, Michele Bachmann is fond of making outrageous claims. Of Bachmann’s 59 fact-checked statements, nearly 75% of them were at least mostly false, and 15 of them–25%-earned a “Pants on Fire” rating.
According to Project VoteSmart, a site that collects information on politicians, Bachmann has consistently received 0% ratings from Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Alas, Bachmann still has a year and a half remaining in her current term, which means we’ll have to put up with her just a bit longer.