In 2004, Michele Bachmann told a group of educators that gay people and life are "part of Satan."
"We need to have profound compassion for the people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life, and sexual identity disorders," she said at the time. "This is a very real issue... It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay."
She went on, "Because if you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that’s why this is so dangerous.”
Now that she's running for president, it's only fair that the Minnesota congresswoman address such outrageous, hateful claims, right? Not according to Bachmann; she refused to answer CNN reporter Soledad O'Brien's questions about her social stances this morning.
"You have taken a lot of flak for some of your very strong social issues, where you stand on them, and I want to talk about some of them," O'Brien began. "Your stance on homosexuality — and want to read a little bit of what you said — You said, at the Educators Conference in 2004, ‘Gays live a very sad life,’ and that ‘it’s part of Satan’ And that’s quote. You’ve taken a lot of flak for that. Do you pull back on any of that?
Describing the quote as a "bizarre thing to bring up" during such economic times, Bachmann also accused O'Brien of playing "gotcha journalism."
"It's a gotcha question coming way out of the past," said Bachmann. It's too bad O'Brien didn't followup by asking about Marcus Bachmann's "ex-gay" counseling services, a more recent and just as ugly incident lurking in Mrs. Bachmann's political closet.
Watch video of Bachmann bobbing and weaving, AFTER THE JUMP...
Video via ThinkProgress: