Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann saying something crazy isn’t exactly “breaking news.” In fact, it’s kind of what she does. This is someone whose political career was largely based on ridiculous lies, conspiracy theories and far-right religious fanaticism. Bachmann proves that anyone — literally anyone — can become a member of Congress. To this day I still have no idea how she was elected multiple times.
However, since her departure from Congress, she hasn’t really been in the limelight a great deal. That’s rather surprising considering I was convinced she was going to become a fixture for the paranoid right – though she has popped up every once in a while to remind us that she’s still an absolute idiot.
For instance, the incoherent word salad she went on during a Friday interview where she declared her belief that the 2016 election will be “the last election.”
“I don’t want to be melodramatic but I do want to be truthful,” the evangelical Christian said in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Brody File. “I believe without a shadow of a doubt this is the last election. This is it. This is the last election.”
She then went on to claim that Democrats are purposely trying to bring more non-whites into the country to change the demographics so that no Republican can ever win again.
“It’s a math problem of demographics and a changing United States,” she said. “If you look at the numbers of people who vote and who lives in the country and who Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton want to bring in to the country, this is the last election when we even have a chance to vote for somebody who will stand up for godly moral principles. This is it.”
“She’s [Hillary Clinton] going to change the demographics of the United States so that no Republican will ever win again,” Bachmann added.
It’s important to repeat an indisputable fact: Over the last few years, immigration from Mexico has been practically zero.
Furthermore, the only president who has signed an actual amnesty bill for illegal immigrants was conservative icon Ronald Reagan. However, other Republican presidents like George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush also supported amnesty-like immigration reforms during their time in office. So, this ridiculous propaganda that Democrats are somehow the party trying to flood the United States with immigrants to help them win elections is nothing but racist fear-mongering specifically aimed at stirring up paranoid white people who, for decades, have constantly claimed that “their country is being taken over.”
This was nothing but Michele Bachmann doing what Republicans have done since the 60’s — pandering to bigotry, racism and irrational paranoia. What she said didn’t actually make a great deal of sense (I can promise you the 2018 and 2020 elections will happen), but the small shred of coherent information that was based on some sort of actual reality wasn’t remotely factual.
Then again, the success of Donald Trump has proven, without a shadow of a doubt, that most Republicans couldn’t care less about pesky things like facts.
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