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.


  1. PLAINTOM says

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

  2. Francis says

    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.

  3. says

    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

  4. X says

    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.

  5. I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff says

    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.

  6. Gregoire says

    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.

  7. Josh says

    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.

  8. HadenoughBS says

    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!

  9. says

    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!

  10. Mstrozfckslv says

    & 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

  11. Biff says

    One of her sons is a psychiatry resident at the University of Connecticut. Wonder what his views are on the nature and origins of homosexuality?

  12. walter says

    this women acts like sarah palin crazy relative. they both act and talk the same way always answer only. they avoid serious questions and take only puff balls handed out by fox news or other friendly media and joy when the going gets going tuff they just go. bachmann might enjoy being restrained.air head for president.

  13. Victor says

    I’m sorry but I can’t stop laughing at how crazy these Republican candidates keep sounding every day. Everyday the Sara Palins and Michele Bachmans and Rick Santorums of the world keep spewing out bile and misinformation everyday. If I wasn’t an atheist I’d be praying for these people. Good luck with beating Barack “I-killed-Osama-Bin-Laden” Obama in 2012 LOSERS! HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!

  14. Rowan says


    100000000 says her son doesn’t care.

    RE her lesbian sister

    Who cares? What did she do whilst her sister ran this campaign? Eff all.

    RE the husband being gay

    Get a grip guys and stop being so….pathetic?

    Firstly does make you all cum with joy to say that every insane ugly bigot is gay? And we’re supposed to be proud of our people when according to the commenters n towleroad, every disposable cesspool of a creep is secretly gay? What does it inherently say about gay people then?

    Secondly, he will turn out into a Haggard? Or maybe a Melhman? Or maybe a Karger? Or maybe a Rekers?

    He has plenty of choices. All of these guys have successfully fought against gay rights in government and in the community. All of these guys were either outed or came out after what say…decades of fighting against gay rights, once there careers took a breather from being so relentless about making sure gays have no rights.

    Now some are still working and some are now happily part of the gay elite.

    So moral of the story? Hey Bachmann’s hubby, you still have a good 20 years left to continue fighting barbaric gays until you are forced out or you come out. You can either just do your stuff quietly and still have work like Rekers or you can join the merry gay gang who will with all self loathing you can’t make up will take you in with open arms. Oh and like Melhman and Karger, you can continue to fund anti-gay canadidates because heck, they want smaller government so……….

  15. O HERRO says

    I’m sure you all can agree that when a feisty lesbian corners you for questioning, it’s like being held against your will. There’s no escape except with police force.

  16. Dastius Krazitauc says

    The bathroom scene could have been written by John Waters. And “absolutely terrified and has never been that terrorized before as she had no idea what those two women were going to do to her” is pure Peggy Gravel.

  17. Robert says

    And this is all the GOP can come up, she’s presidential material? If I were a gay republican (oxymoronic), I’d be embarrassed to be a member of their party. If they are so inclusive as the Log Cabiners and GOProud bunch claim they are, then why are the majority of them opposed to same-sex marriage and repeal of DADT? Who in their right mind would vote for a party that clearly is opposed to both? Its beyond sick. Granted, the Democrats havnen’t done such a stellar job either when it comes to our rights, but they’re a hell of a lot better than the other side. Most don’t run campaigns banning same-sex marriage. Every one of the republican candidates oppose it and all of them don’t even think its up to the state legislatures to approve it.

  18. Tyron says

    Be very afraid of this woman. She somehow managed to come across as sane and logical on the first GOP debate. In a room full of clowns and fools she actually seemed a voice of reason – scary! People I know have mentioned that she “might not” be as crazy as the liberal press would like people to believe – and these are people who many would consider moderates and/or independents. Never underestimate the ability of a politician to sway voters and if she is managed well she could become a major threat (in many many ways).

  19. james says

    As much as I loathe Michelle Bachmann, I do think it is rude to pursue someone into a bathroom to try to carry on a conversation. I would feel feel threatened under the same circumstances. While I think a member of Congress should expect and be prepared for difficult questions in public, I think allowing them to pee in private is a basic courtesy.

  20. Dastius Krazitauc says

    James, it’s also rude to deny citizens their rights and it is rude to cut a question and answer period off twenty minutes early because you don’t like the questions. The two women didn’t harass Bachmann while she was on the can, but talked to her while she was washing her hands in a public bathroom.

  21. jakeinlove says

    Well I see wacko America is trying to seat it’s first bi-polar president determined not to take her medicine.

    She’s scary. Mentally ill scary.

  22. susiepuma says

    Oh plz, she was my rep for 14 yrs – state & then Congress – those foster kids she keeps spouting off about – most of them were teen age girls & only were at her home for sometimes as little as 3 days – the ones that lasted longer were used to babysit her own – plus she sucks up farm subsidies & then says the money belongs to her dead-father-in-law – she is a typical politician just like the rest of them – only interested in obtaining her own power & money – could care less about those bitter knitter gun & Bible clingers – don’t believe she cares too much for the rich east & west coast elistists either except she wants to be one………………

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