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Michele Bachmann, Islamist Terrorist Supporter?

I’ve been trying to avoid writing about Michele Bachmann under the theory that doing so just feeds her sick need for attention, but this is just too funny.

Bachmann has been getting headlines recently because of her crazy charges that the federal government has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood. It is bad enough that her main evidence is Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Sounding particularly McCarthy-like, Bachmann writes:

I am particularly interested in exactly how, given what we know from the international media about Ms. Abedin’s documented family connections with the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, she was able to avoid being disqualified for a security clearance.

Of course, Bachmann ignores the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a terrorist organization. Here’s Andersen Cooper debunking Bachmann’s accusations:

But what makes this both hilarious and hypocritical is that Juan Cole presents strong evidence that it is Bachmann herself who has stronger ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and real Islamic terrorists than Abedin:

  1. Bachmann is a major supporter of the MEK, a terrorist Islamic group that participated in the infamous Iranian Hostage crisis (taking US diplomats hostage) in 1979. But Bachmann wants them removed from the US terrorist list, calling them “one of the bravest Iranian dissident groups” and “freedom seeking”.
  2. Bachmann has repeatedly called for Obama to intervene in Syria to overthrow the current secular government. The main opposition, which Bachmann supports, is the Muslim Brotherhood, which would likely come to power (just like they are doing in Egypt).
  3. Bachmann supports the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, and even tried to meet with them. One of the major groups making up the Alliance is the Afghanistan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

I am particularly interested in exactly how, given what we know about her many ties with the extremist Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist groups, Michele Bachmann was able to infiltrate the US government at the highest levels.

UPDATE: Good for John McCain. Watch him defend Huma Abedin and destroy the attacks against her:

UPDATE 2: Jon Stewart puts an even finer point on the issue, hilariously:

Special Bonus UPDATE: Ed Rollins, who was Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager in her recent bid for the presidency, had this to say about Bachmann’s attack on Huma Abedin:

Having worked for Congressman Bachman’s campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Sen. Joe McCarthy level. … As a member of Congress, with a seat on the House Intelligence Committee, Mrs. Bachmann you know better. Shame on you, Michele! You should stand on the floor of the House and apologize to Huma Abedin and to Secretary Clinton and to the millions of hard-working, loyal Muslim Americans for your wild and unsubstantiated charges. As a devoted Christian, you need to ask forgiveness for this grievous lack of judgment and reckless behavior.



  1. Solid Muldoon wrote:

    Hmmm… I wonder what Bachmanm makes of the Bush family ties to the bin Laden family?

    Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
  2. Dave TN wrote:

    In one simple word “gerrymandering” in the state of Mn.

    Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink
  3. Michael wrote:

    As much as I despise Michele Batshit-Insane, I think her behavior is very carefully (and cynically) planned. She represents a psychotically conservative district. Having spent most of my teenage years in a similarly conservative church, I can attest that she will not lose these people’s votes by attacking gays or Muslims, as long as they still believe that she is a devout Christian motivated by love of God and family. Nothing is out of bounds if she is perceived as trying to help these sinners be saved.

    While conservatives in virtually the rest of the country cringe at her ideas, the mainstream GOP politicians delight in her antics because they make them seem sane and reasonable by comparison. They can point to her as proof that they are “moderate centrists.” Kudos to McCain, but what about the rest of the party? Crickets…

    Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink
  4. Don in Waco wrote:

    @Michael, I don’t recommend calling them a “moderate centrist” to their face. Of course I’m used to Texas politicians where there’s right-wing, far right-wing, and batshit crazy right-wing. Here, even the conservative D’s (those that haven’t crossed over) are getting rare.

    Friday, July 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

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