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Beast: Michele Bachmann Called Police on Lesbian Nun, Believes in Gay 'Cure'

A new Daily Beast story on Michele Bachmann reveals that Bachmann once called the police on a lesbian couple at a constituent forum and claimed she was being "held against her will" in a bathroom when one of them started to ask her questions:

Bachmann A few dozen people showed up at the town hall for the April 9 event, and Bachmann greeted them warmly. But when, during the question and answer session, the topic turned to same-sex marriage, Bachmann ended the meeting 20 minutes early and rushed to the bathroom. Hoping to speak to her, Arnold and another middle-aged woman, a former nun, followed her. As Bachmann washed her hands and Arnold looked on, the ex-nun tried to talk to her about theology. Suddenly, after less than a minute, Bachmann let out a shriek. "Help!" she screamed. "Help! I'm being held against my will!"

Arnold, who is just over 5 feet tall, was stunned, and hurried to open the door. Bachmann bolted out and fled, crying, to an SUV outside. Then she called the police, saying, according to the police report, that she was "absolutely terrified and has never been that terrorized before as she had no idea what those two women were going to do to her." 

This was shortly after she hid in the bushes at a gay rights rally at the Capitol to avoid been seen. I wrote about this back in 2005.

The article also details her belief in gay "reparative therapy":

Both she and her husband, by all accounts her most trusted political adviser, believe that homosexuality can be cured. Speaking to a Christian radio station about gay teenagers last year, Marcus, who treats gay people in his counseling practice, said, "Barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined, and just because someone feels this or thinks this, doesn't mean that we're supposed to go down that road."

Read the whole frightening thing here.

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  1. But she posed with Chris Colfer! She was time magazine 100 this year!

    Shock! Shock I tell thee.


    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 15, 2011 8:03:36 PM

  2. The Republican Party slides deeper into their own alternative reality. This woman is a Republican Representative on the Intelligence Committee.

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jun 15, 2011 8:04:23 PM

  3. So, she's threatened by LGBT folk and essentially wants us all either forced into heterosexuality or forced into the closet. Sounds like a pretty typical crazy homophobe to me.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 15, 2011 8:09:16 PM

  4. That settles it. She's a closet lesbian.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 15, 2011 8:09:51 PM

  5. I'm a barbarian! Rawr! I'm gonna start drinking my rasperry iced tea out of the skull of my enemy! Rawr, I say!!!

    Posted by: Xopher | Jun 15, 2011 8:11:25 PM

  6. Thank you for posting this. I did not know that much about her. But OMG. She is scary. To top it off, she's very well spoken and attractive. This makes her likeable to the ignorant mass that knows nothing about politics

    Posted by: Jay Conway | Jun 15, 2011 8:26:12 PM

  7. I can't tell if her homophobia is an actually clinical disorder or what. I hate that she has to tear down her own constituents just because she doesn't know anything about gays.

    Posted by: X | Jun 15, 2011 8:27:50 PM

  8. Narcissists are generally contemptuous of others. This seems to spring, at base, from their general lack of empathy, and it comes out as (at best) a dismissive attitude towards other people's feelings, wishes, needs, concerns, standards, property, work, etc. It is also connected to their overall negative outlook on life. ^

    Narcissists are (a) extremely sensitive to personal criticism and (b) extremely critical of other people. They think that they must be seen as perfect or superior or infallible, next to god-like (if not actually divine, then sitting on the right hand of God) -- or else they are worthless. There's no middle ground of ordinary normal humanity for narcissists. They can't tolerate the least disagreement. In fact, if you say, "Please don't do that again -- it hurts," narcissists will turn around and do it again harder to prove that they were right the first time; their reasoning seems to be something like "I am a good person and can do no wrong; therefore, I didn't hurt you and you are lying about it now..." -- sorry, folks, I get lost after that.

    Anyhow, narcissists are habitually cruel in little ways, as well as big ones, because they're paying attention to their fantasy and not to you, but the bruises on you are REAL, not in your imagination. Thus, no matter how gently you suggest that they might do better to change their ways or get some help, they will react in one of two equally horrible ways: they will attack or they will withdraw.

    Be wary of wandering into this dragon's cave -- narcissists will say ANYTHING, they will trash anyone in their own self-justification, and then they will expect the immediate restoration of the status quo.

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Jun 15, 2011 8:31:41 PM

  9. What a delirious, nasty shrew.

    Posted by: Max | Jun 15, 2011 8:32:50 PM

  10. Keep in mind that this woman literally has over two dozen children (five her own, the others foster children). Given the odds, how many of those kids might be gay? And this woman is their mother.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jun 15, 2011 8:48:22 PM

  11. Thats what I was thinking, Gregoire. She has 5 biological children and 23 foster kids (I think).

    Some of her children are probably gay or lesbian.

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 15, 2011 8:58:50 PM

  12. This wackadoodle needs to be committed. Seriously - the media needs to stop pretending that this person is a viable candidate. Seriously.

    Posted by: Tre | Jun 15, 2011 9:02:55 PM

  13. Oh, can we please get a Taiwanese news animation of the bathroom encounter and the hiding in the bushes!

    Posted by: JJ | Jun 15, 2011 9:05:46 PM

  14. Oh, how sweet, she has her own "gay panic" defense story now. Could we just be done with her already.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jun 15, 2011 9:08:14 PM

  15. It's simply stunning - the depth and breadth of the nutcases populating the GOPer's 2012 presidential candidate pool. Even more stunning are the millions of nutcases supporting these nutcases!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jun 15, 2011 9:19:51 PM

  16. Her being on the Intelligence Committee is so, so deeply ironic.

    Posted by: Justin L Werner | Jun 15, 2011 9:24:06 PM

  17. What the hell is the matter with the people of Minnesota's 6th? They're electing her why?

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jun 15, 2011 9:32:52 PM

  18. Dear God,

    I've never asked you for anything before, but please, please, PLEASE arrange for Michelle Bachmann to be the GOP's candidate for President in 2012. Judging from your believers I know you have a perverted sense of humor so I don't need to explain what a brilliant gag that would be.



    P.S. -- Could one of the GOP internecine debates be held at the Creation Museum? That would be hilarious!

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jun 15, 2011 9:33:14 PM

  19. ... and this woman is allowed to foster children.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jun 15, 2011 9:37:30 PM

  20. Watch this video of her husband:


    TOTAL closet case.

    Posted by: homer | Jun 15, 2011 9:42:03 PM

  21. I'd forgotten but it should be mentioned that Bachman's step-sister is lesbian. Bachman's anti-gay politics have split the family.

    Posted by: jrex | Jun 15, 2011 10:13:36 PM

  22. Doesn't she look like the head of the vampire league on True Blood?

    Posted by: toddo | Jun 15, 2011 10:31:50 PM

  23. & how many here yelled at those of us who thought chris colfer taking pics with her was foolish

    I said it then and repeat it now, he should have walked away and ignored the obvious crazy person who will never ever change

    Anyway; she will be the R nominee

    mittens will never get the nomination

    Posted by: Mstrozfckslv | Jun 15, 2011 11:13:44 PM

  24. oh..the video of her husband.... http://youtu.be/wU66lIHW1dU
    gay gay gay. SUCH a closet case.

    it's just a matter of time before he pulls a "Haggard".

    Posted by: Xopher | Jun 16, 2011 12:09:00 AM

  25. Just so we understand that a Christianist Taliban is seeing the light of day:

    Michelle Goldberg profiles Michele Bachmann’s evangelical roots:


    Posted by: Russell | Jun 16, 2011 12:32:20 AM

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