Bachmann Would ‘Probably’ Bring Back DADT


U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, after having scored a significant win at the Ames Straw Poll over the weekend, said Sunday that if she became Commander in Chief she would most likely reinstate the military’s ban on openly gay service personnel, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).

Bachmann made these comments while being interviewed for CNN’s State of the Union.

From the AFP:

President Barack Obama has certified that the U.S. military is ready to accept gay soldiers, and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is due to be formally repealed on September 20 after 18 years in force.

But Bachmann, a favorite of the ultraconservative Tea Party movement, said she would revisit the policy if she reaches the White House.

“The ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy has worked very well,” she told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I would be in consultation with our commanders, but yes, I probably will” reinstate the ban, she added.

Bachmann continued to dodge specific questions about gay rights and LGBTs over the weekend, saying in an interview with MSNBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning that she “doesn’t judge” gay people despite being called out by host David Gregory on comments she made to the EdWatch National Education Conference in 2004 where she said the “gay and lesbian lifestyle” leads to a “very sad life” that is “part of Satan” with “sexual dysfunction and sexual identity disorders.”

From the Advocate:

The host asked, “That is the view President Bachmann would have of gay Americans?”

Bachmann responded, “I am running for the presidency of the United States. I am not running to be anyone’s judge.”

Told that her comments certainly sounded judgmental, Bachmann did not renounce her previous claims, but she said, “I ascribe honor and dignity to ever person no matter what their background. They [gays and lesbians] have honor and they have dignity.”

Asked whether she would appoint an openly gay person to her administration, her cabinet or to a judicial post, Bachmann said her criteria would be “where you stand on the Constitution, are you competent, and do you share my views.” Pressed on whether those “views” would allow for gay appointments, she declined to elaborate before saying, “I am not out asking any other questions.”

Asked whether she believed a gay couple that adopts children could be considered a family, Bachmann said, “When it comes to marriage and family, my opinion is that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Michele Bachmann’s husband’s ties to ex-gay therapy have of course been very much a feature in Bachmann’s GOP presidential nomination campaign thus far, but whether they will ultimately hinder her chances at securing the GOP ticket remain to be seen.

LGBTs will no doubt be wondering if Bachmann as POTUS would “probably” bring back DADT, what might she also be inclined to do where LGBT rights issues are concerned?

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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Annemarie Vidal
Anne-Marie Vidal7 years ago

Thank you Michelle Bachmann for making women everywhere look stupid. Wish you were silent. DADT was backward and so is Bachmann.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W7 years ago

Is she in her right mind?

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W7 years ago

Well said, Maria.

Eduardo M.
Eduardo M.7 years ago

Michelle Bachman is a joke if I ever heard of one. The woman knows little, or anything, about how the government works. The president is, by definition, a force to be reckoned with. But the president alone, cannot bring back DADT, as it has been stated.

And ignoring that sad little fact, let us look at other aspects of Michelle. For one, her poor choices for staff members. She hired a Peter Waldron to work with her. If you are not unaware of who this man is, I shall tell you. Mr. Waldron was, for the past few years, in Africa, where he spent a good amount of time in prison for terrorism.

Mr. Waldron worked with the men in Uganda who wanted to pass the "Kill the Gays" bill, and pretended to be an American CIA agent while in Africa.

So in summation, Michelle Bachman, hired onto her staff, a convicted terrorist who wishes to arrest and murder the entire LGBT community of another country.

Ron Samuels
Ron Samuels7 years ago

A "President Bachman" could not single-handedly bring back DADT, because it would require an act of Congress. That's not to say she couldn't get Congress to do that, if there were a majority in both houses in favor of that. However, her saying that "I probably will" reinstate the ban (on gays and lesbians serving openly in the U. S. military) reflects a profound misunderstanding of presidential power. Since she is a member of congress herself, it is surprising and disturbing that she would not be aware of this. Coupled with her erroneous historical interpretations and other gaffes, it is really surprising that she has become a serious contender for the Republican nomination. That certainly does not speak well for the probity of the Republican voter.

Winn Adams
Winn A7 years ago

This person is such a wacko it's almost unbelievable.

Camila K.
Kamila A7 years ago

Jean W. I wanted to send you another star, but they won't let me because I already did this week!

Camila K.
Kamila A7 years ago

Who cares what she wants, she ain't gettin' nothin!

Richard E.
Richard E7 years ago

fortunately it's extremely rare for the winner of the straw poll to even be the chosen candidate let alone win the election.