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Salon.com: Bachmann Stands by Muslim Witch Hunt

It’s going to be a close race for Bachmann.:

Bachmann stands by Muslim witch hunt

BY  (Salon.com)

Locked in the toughest fight of her congressional career, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann defended her witch hunt against alleged Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators in the federal government last night during the final debate against her Democratic challenger, Jim Graves. “I certainly do stand by those letters,” Bachmann said of the five letters she sent to the inspectors general of various security agencies warning that they may have been infiltrated by Muslim Brotherhood agents.

“The events in Benghazi have proved that the United States remains under attack, both in the Middle East, and here in the United States,” she continued last night. When the moderator noted that there’s no proof that the Muslim Brotherhood was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. diplomats in the Libyan city, Bachmann replied that “we are only just beginning” to investigate and suggested that all radical Islamists groups are tied to the Brotherhood.

Bachmann, in her letters, targeted several people by name, including Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Abedin is widely liked by leaders in both parties in Washington, so Bachmann’s suggestion that she’s a terrorist sparked a backlash. “These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant,” Sen. John McCain said on the Senate floor in July. Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, along with House Speaker John Boehner, and even Bachmann’s former campaign manager, all condemned her publicly.

But when asked about McCain’s criticism last night, Bachmann suggested that she has secret information backing her up. “I sit on the intelligence committee, we deal with the nation’s classified secrets. We have a number of people who came out in support of us,” she said.

John Brennan, the nation’s top counterterrorism official, rolled his eyes in August when asked if there was anything to Bachmann’s claims. “I have no idea of what it is that they are making reference to, and I’m not even going to try to divine what it is,” he said. Of course, that’s exactly what he would say if he were working for the Muslim Brotherhood. In September, after the attacks in Libya, Bachmann claimed vindication for her witch hunt at a conference of evangelical conservatives in Washington.

For his part, Graves said, “I’ll stand with John McCain and Speaker Boehner and Lindsey Graham … We don’t need to be polarizing, we don’t need to be throwing mud, especially when it’s uncalled for,” he said.

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  • Peter Hockley

    Welcome to the new witch hunt, Joe Macathy style!

  • mjasghar

    Well now we will see 4 years of these guys responding to the reality of moderate Islamic parties in the Mid East – I remember the fear rousing when the Islamic part won in turkey and then it just died down
    Will Obama get tough on netenyahu now though? Or maybe the Israelis will see a left leaning us pres and stop their own lurch to the right? We can but hope

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold CriticalDragon1177

    Bad News, she was reelected,

    Michele Bachmann Manages a Close Win in Minnesota
    http://www.advocate.com/politics/election/2012/11/07/michele-bachmann-manages-close-win-minnesota

  • mjasghar

    Btw geller ids herself as Jewish and that’s what it says on get Wikipedia page
    If you are Jewish and think she doesn’t represent your faith now you know how Muslims feel about being associated with extremists

  • mjasghar

    Senor
    The problem is when parties take their base for granted – usually by demonising the other party so their core will still come out for them
    They then make statements an policies based on the wishes of rich donors eg the Israel lobby and arms manufacturers who love war in the Middle East as they make money from the us who won’t buy foreign and from Mid East countries
    Look at the uk
    Labour were pro Palestine when out of power to get Muslim votes
    As soon as they got in Kashmir and Palestine were on the back burner and the Muslim vote was kept scared by how racist the Tories were becoming Meanwhile Blair was getting cash and lots of free food and -especially important- alcohol from labour friends of Israel and from Indian industrialists
    This tea party is a real disaster for the republicans like militant labour was for labour
    If it stays around the republicans are doomed to the wilderness for a generation because these nut jobs will force candidates to the right or face excoriation from the right wing press
    Part of the Labour Party change was also left wing press realising they had to get behind mainstream policies as well
    So fox will have to wise up
    But that’s unlikely with Murdoch in charge and so many nutters on their journo staff
    I remember a daily show where they showed Clinton ripping a fox guy who slipped up and admitted they see themselves as showing the other side – that mentality won’t go away easily

  • Sarah Brown

    A pity she finally scraped in.

  • Ahmad

    It was funny seeing Ron Paul own her on a GOP debate…

  • Xithurrel

    Backmann and Gellar (spit) are NOT Jews, Jewish, or even fake Jews. not really, they are NOT. To even have them in the same sentence as the synagogue makes my skin crawl.

  • Senor

    I truly believe that Republicans say outlandish things, not because they believe them, but because they feel that is what they need to say to appeal to their base. What does that tell you about Republicans today?

    My family, and myself included, were Republicans many years ago. I became an independent not too long after September 11th, hearing the rhetoric that came from its members. What happened to this party that I loved?

    I am glad that Romney did not win. A lot of his money came from supports like Sheldon Adelson. This group was hoping Romney would win, so he could attack Iran.

    As for Bachmann, it is late and we won’t know the results until tomorrow. Since she comes from a loony district, she will win again and we will be forced to hear the garbage that comes from her mouth for another 2 years.

  • Reynardine

    Michele Bachmann does not go to a synagogue, Mr. Shabir Ali Rizvi. In the Midwest, a name like Bachmann is certifiably German and presumptively Lutheran in origin. I think you need to learn what you are talking about before you talk about it.

  • Just Stopping By

    “Probably Michelle Bachmann and sPamella Geller go to the same synagogue.”

    What’s the word for when you assume that someone you disagree with probably belongs to a certain religion and it turns out that you are incorrect?

  • Shabir Ali Rizvi

    Probably Michelle Bachmann and sPamella Geller go to the same synagogue.

  • mindy1

    I wanna give her an antipsychotic drug and see what happens-she seems like she is paranoid delusional :P

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