United States House Of Representatives member and 2012 presidential hopeful as a member of the completely rational Tea Party, Michele Bachmann brings us criticism of anything related to President Barack Obama, fear-mongering statements on same-sex marriage, interesting views on fixing the country and much more in the most controversial Michele Bachmann quotes.
Rivaling Sarah Palin's ridiculous quotes as another outspoken female politician, Bachmann also provides laughs and entertainment in her creative versions of United States history and comparisons to movie stars, erm, serial killers. Seriously, even Palin could not make this stuff up!
Michele Bachmann on Government Spending
"Well I think we know that just within a day or so, the president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day. He's taking 2,000 people with him. He'll be renting out over 870 rooms in India. And these are 5-star hotel rooms at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. This is the kind of over-the-top spending."
Citing an unreliable article out of India, Bachmann made this claim and many others in a 2010 interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN just before President Barack Obama was set to travel to the country. In reality, these numbers, as well as allegations that 34 Navy warships would be accompanying the president, were rebutted as "wildly inflated" and "comical" according to the White House and a Pentagon spokesman. Though the numbers sounded good for Bachmann's push for a smaller government, they were highly exaggerated, including the fact that the hotel in question has only around 600 rooms, not the over 870 Bachmann quoted.222Should this be higher or lower?
Michele Bachmann on Homosexuality
"Our K-12 public school system, of which ninety per cent of all youth are in the public school system, they will be required to learn that homosexuality is normal, equal and perhaps you should try it. And that will occur immediately, that all schools will begin teaching homosexuality.Speaking to the radio program "Prophetic Views Behind The News" in 2004, Bachmann speculated what may happen should a ban on same-sex marriage fail to pass. An act of fear-mongering at its best, Bachmann warns viewers about how homosexually would be preached to children should the ban fail to pass. In reality, the ban had no mention of children, education or promoting homosexuality to youth whatsoever.266Should this be higher or lower?
Michele Bachmann on the Middle East
"Iran is the trouble maker, trying to tip over apple carts all over Baghdad right now because they want America to pull out. And do you know why? It’s because they’ve already decided that they’re going to partition Iraq.
And half of Iraq, the western, northern portion of Iraq, is going to be called…. the Iraq State of Islam, something like that. And I’m sorry, I don’t have the official name, but it’s meant to be the training ground for the terrorists. There’s already an agreement made.
They are going to get half of Iraq and that is going to be a terrorist safe haven zone where they can go ahead and bring about more terrorist attacks in the Middle East region and then to come against the United States because we are their avowed enemy."Proclaiming that she is not only an expert on the Middle East but also either an insider in terrorist circles or a psychic, Michele Bachmann had the audacity to share secret plans involving dividing the Middle East into regions with the intent to attack America. If it sounds far-fetched that's because it's actually fiction, or as Bachmann later said in a response to the comments, a situation where here words were "misconstrued."204Should this be higher or lower?
Michele Bachmann on Gay Marriage
"In 5,000 years of recorded human history... neither in the east or in the west... has any society ever defined marriage as anything other than between men and women. Not one in 5000 years of recorded human history. That's an astounding fact and it isn't until the last 12 years or so that we have seen for the first time in recorded human history marriage defined as anything other than between men and between women."
"(Same-sex marriage) is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years. I am not understating that."These two gems came seven years apart, in 2011 and 2004 respectively, but offer Bachmann's conflicting numbers on when gay marriage was a hot topic. The first quote, stating that gay marriage is something that only sprung up in the 1990s, is fiction as recorded instances of same-sex marriage date back to ancient times. The second quote, which can be regarded as an opinion, changes the timeline for when gay marriage was a top issue as well as overlooks other worldly problems such as the United States economy, terrorism and health care.182Should this be higher or lower?