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Bachmann Attacked Over Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt

Bachmann Attacked Over Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt

Politicians from both sides of the aisle attacked Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., over her recent allegations that the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the U.S. State Department.

Bachmann refused to back down from her allegations that Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamic political party that recently took power in Egypt.

“These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in a speech on the Senate floor. Denouncing Bachmann, McCain said, “These attacks have no logic, no basis, and no merit and they need to stop. They need to stop now.”

Bachmann has become the focal point of a firestorm that began when she and four other members of the House of Representatives sent letters to five federal agencies demanding an investigation into an alleged conspiracy by the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamic groups to insinuate themselves into the U.S. government.

Bachmann was joined in her letter by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla.; and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.

Bachmann bolstered her claim by citing a report from anti-Muslim think-tanker Frank Gaffney, who served as a foreign policy adviser to Bachmann during her presidential campaign. The report claimed that Abedin’s mother, brother, and late father had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making,” the letter from the representatives said. “We believe these actions and policies are deeply problematic.”

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to congress, castigated Bachmann for her attacks.

“This is one of those moments when you can’t stay silent,” said Ellison in a CNN interview. “This is McCarthyism at its worst.”

Bachmann was also criticized by Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and her former campaign manager, Ed Rollins.

Bachmann said Wednesday that the letter was “unfairly being distorted.”

“The intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical group’s access to top Obama administration officials,” Bachmann said, according to a report by the New York Times. She also raised concerns about the State Department’s decision to grant a visa to an Egyptian member of parliament with membership in Gamaa Islamiya, a group designated as a foreign terrorist group.

“This is just the latest example of the dangerous national security decisions made by the Obama administration,” Bachmann continued. “I will not be silent as this administration appeases our enemies instead of telling the truth about the threats our country faces.”

Bachmann is no stranger to controversy. In 2008, she told MSNBC host Chris Matthews that then-Sen. Barack Obama was “very anti-American,” and said that the media should investigate members of Congress to see if they were “pro-America or anti-America.” In 2009, Bachmann alleged that the U.S. could be moving away from using the dollar as its currency. And in 2005, Bachmann, then a state senator, claimed that she had been “terrorized” and “held against her will” by pro-gay rights activists who approached her in a restroom to talk about policy.

Bachmann is running for re-election in Minnesota’s newly-redrawn 6th Congressional District. Bachmann is opposed by AmericInn Hotel founder Jim Graves.

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4:24AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Keep it up Bachman. You are one of the few people in government who has any sense!

The Muslims have been coming to the USA for 30 years, buying businesses and sending a percentage of the profit back home to buy weapons to kill us. How do I know this? A Muslim friend, who I met in high school, told me what his people are doing here. When his family's time came to return home, he refused because he knew what they were doing was wrong. He took off and went into hiding...in fear for his life...from his own family.

I say throw them all out, confiscate their businesses, property and bank accounts. I believe ALL followers of Islam should be closely watched...including native born Muslims. Their duty is to their religion, not the country!

4:23AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Keep it up Bachman. You are one of the few people in government who has any sense!

The Muslims have been coming to the USA for 30 years, buying businesses and sending a percentage of the profit back home to buy weapons to kill us. How do I know this? A Muslim friend, who I met in high school, told me what his people are doing here. When his family's time came to return home, he refused because he knew what they were doing was wrong. He took off and went into hiding...in fear for his life...from his own family.

I say throw them all out, confiscate their businesses, property and bank accounts. I believe ALL followers of Islam should be closely watched...including native born Muslims. Their duty is to their religion, not the country!

12:42AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

ME-chelle Bachmann is a paranoid conspiracy theorist schizophrenic. I think she needs a mental institution, rather than a political one.

4:18PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Michelle "Bat Crap Crazy" Bachmann, should be the subject of a witch hunt in the US. The GOP had a very costly witch hunt on President Clinton for having a little sexual disgression while in office. His misdemeanor didn't hurt anyone except (maybe) himself and his family. Bachmann is a major danger to our military and diplomats overseas. Throw her out of office and then out of our country!!

6:00AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Michelle Bachman is a mental case I am suprised she did not blame the brotherhood for what happened in Aurora Co. Don Mattson Korean War Veteran who dispises people like her

7:40PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Bachmann is a nut case.

8:50PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Pam, Thanks for the comments....looks like she may be gone for good. We should be so lucky.

2:10PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

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7:39AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Crazy cuckoo nuts. How does she keep getting elected? I think she puts on her church clothes and pretends to love Jesus, and hits all the hot buttons for the right wing on social issues.

People of Minnesota take a long hard look at what this woman spends her time (and therefore YOUR taxpayer money) on. Is she out there trying to make things better for the economic conditions and jobs in Minnesota or rattling her sabre about crazy stuff?

7:09AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

When are the "real" people of Minnesota going to vote this nut case out. I can see voter apathy as the reason she was elected - no one really wants to get off the couch to better their country as long as things do not effect them. However I do not understand how this idiot and her closeted Queer husband (have you seen him?) will get re-elected again. I would think that as a Minnesotan I would be ashamed to be represented by Bachmann - honest to God. Can you get off the couch yet??

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