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Michele Bachmann Rewrites History, Says Founders Fought Tirelessly Against Slavery


Said Bachmann to an Iowans for Tax Relief gathering over the weekend:

"How unique in all of the world, that one nation that was the resting point from people groups all across the world...It didn't matter the color of their skin, it didn't matter their language, it didn't matter their economic status. Once you got here, we were all the same. Isn't that remarkable?...We ... know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States...I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly -- men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country."

Anderson Cooper corrects the GOP congresswoman from Minnesota, who will be delivering a rebuttal for the Tea Party after tonight's State of the Union address. We'll be posting the SOTU live here at 9 pm.


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  1. "Hi, I'm a dumb white congressbitch who thinks Teh Blacks will believe this."

    Posted by: EO | Jan 25, 2011 11:09:55 AM

  2. She is one of the the worst of the worst. I am not sure who can make more mistakes her or Sarah P?

    Posted by: Rann | Jan 25, 2011 11:10:18 AM

  3. Michelle Bachmann needs an old priest and a young priest.

    Posted by: dan skinner | Jan 25, 2011 11:12:17 AM

  4. I read somewhere that her planned comments on SOTU have already been termed 'the Moron rebuttal'

    Posted by: hugo | Jan 25, 2011 11:21:45 AM

  5. Why are these people allowed to continue to spew false information and propoganda?

    Posted by: Eddie in OKC | Jan 25, 2011 11:25:43 AM

  6. There should be laws against rewriting history for political gain.

    Posted by: boo | Jan 25, 2011 11:27:39 AM

  7. Vile wench

    Posted by: AERES | Jan 25, 2011 11:29:14 AM

  8. Please, let her continue to spew her bile. It will illustrate the tenuous grasp that the Tea Party has on reality.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 25, 2011 11:32:58 AM

  9. What kind of an adult will come out and speak the way Michele Bachmann? (You know the answer.) She knows nothing not even basics about the US history. Perhaps she spoke the Tea Party version of history.
    Good job from AC.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 25, 2011 11:38:27 AM

  10. Wow. Knowledge of history is one of our greatest tools against tyranny, and here is a Congressperson twisting the facts to fit a moronic rhetoric. What kind of country is this?

    Posted by: Cruz | Jan 25, 2011 11:38:48 AM

  11. "People Groups"??? Isn't the correct term "Homosapien Gaggles"?

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Jan 25, 2011 11:39:52 AM

  12. This is a perfect example of why Bachmann isn't stupid — just morally bankrupt. John Quincy Adams WAS a staunch opponent of slavery (and expansionist wars) AFTER his presidency when he returned to the House of Representatives. Bachmann took this factoid and cynically stretched it. Minnesota public radio recently noted her status as the most prolific liar in the House.

    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | Jan 25, 2011 11:39:58 AM

  13. it really makes me sad that she is the representative of my hometown ><

    I can't wait for all of the fuckery of her presidential bid, I know someone will bring up that liar report. Can't wait!

    Posted by: Amaezm | Jan 25, 2011 11:43:03 AM

  14. If I am misinterpreting her remarks correctly, Rep. Backmann is obviously in favor of an immigration policy characterized by a completely open border since letting people come to the US where we can all be treated alike is a deeply entrenched American value we must uphold.

    Along those same lines, she must also be in favor of full equality for LGBT people. After all, as she says, the true greatness of our country is that everyone is treated alike. (Snark.)

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Jan 25, 2011 11:51:06 AM

  15. This woman has to be one of the dumbest of the dumbs occupying Repuggie seats in the US House (and there're a few of 'em this session). Where in the world did Bachmann get her (lack of) education? How in the world can the residents of Bachmann's district send her back to Congress time-and-time again? That is a true mystery to me. No wonder Repuggie bigwigs are upset over her planned Teabaggist reponse to the Repuggies' response to tonight's Obama's SOTU address.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 25, 2011 11:57:35 AM

  16. If ignorance is bliss, she must walk around like she's on E all the time.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jan 25, 2011 12:06:09 PM

  17. @JPECKJR That's brilliant.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 25, 2011 12:07:50 PM

  18. So the only explanation I can think of is that Michelle Bachmann comes from an alternate universe where all of these things happened.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 25, 2011 12:18:37 PM

  19. Ah, the joys of representative democracy.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 25, 2011 12:20:50 PM

  20. Both her and Palin may not be too dumb, but their fans certainly are.

    They are leaders of the ignorant, of history re-writers, of the incredibly deluded poor.... and they know it.

    I find them both disgusting and immoral. They should be ashamed of themselves...

    Posted by: TonyJ | Jan 25, 2011 12:21:36 PM

  21. Disgusting and pathetic. I wish one had to pass a rudimentary civics and history test to hold office in this country.

    Posted by: E. | Jan 25, 2011 12:36:07 PM

  22. I know everyone is really angered by this, but I am really really saddened by the state of this country. I hate that somehow the most powerful country in the world is considered the dumbest one too. Here's another reason why education reform is so important, when not even a member of the political spectrum has a grasp on the reality of our history. This is why mistakes keep happening, why we keep repeating offenses against the disenfranchised, and why we can't make decisions that are really well informed and thought out. We keep rewarding stupidity and ignorance. I am sorry that it's not just her that thinks this, I am sorry that someone in that audience probably took her words to heart, I am sorry that we are followers and I am extremely sad that many people treat politicians as deities who can say no wrong.

    Posted by: Victor | Jan 25, 2011 1:07:31 PM

  23. Victor,

    What is scary is that only liberal blogs and news reply to her. The rest of her followers don't know and don't want to be educated. She's their education.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 25, 2011 1:23:12 PM

  24. Also, as she is three term, she must be doing something right for people to keep voting her in.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 25, 2011 1:24:50 PM

  25. Michelle should know that George Washington, who had slaves, also had a set of dentures made from the teeth of his slaves.

    Posted by: Hank | Jan 25, 2011 1:35:21 PM

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