Despite condemnation from Speaker of the House John Boehner and her former campaign manager Ed Rollins ("Having worked for Congressman Bachman's campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level"), Michele Bachmann is not backing down from her claim that people with ties to Muslim extremists have infiltrated the federal government.
John McCain even brought back the 2001 version of John McCain to rebuke Bachmann's accusations against Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Bachmann's intransigence suggests that either she's been hitting the HPV vaccine a little too hard lately or she's trying to distract attention from her own links to extremist individuals, including one Michele Bachmann. There's evidence all around, including her aborted attempt to claim citizenship from a foreign country. Most damningly, Middle East expert Juan Cole has tied her to the very Muslim extremist groups she purports to oppose…
1. Bachmann is a major supporter of the MEK, a terrorist Islamic group that participated in the infamous Iranian Hostage crisis (taking US diplomats hostage) in 1979. The MEK was formed as a mixture of Marxism and Muslim fundamentalism, and was influenced by Sayyid Qutb, a major thinker of the Muslim Brotherhood. But Bachmann wants them removed from the US terrorist list.
2. Bachmann has repeatedly called for Obama to intervene in Syria to overthrow the current secular government. The main opposition, which Bachmann supports, is the Muslim Brotherhood, which would likely come to power, as they have in Egypt.
3. Bachmann supports the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. One of the major groups making up the Alliance is the Afghanistan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
See, it's easy to impugn peoples' reputations using guilt by association. You didn't build that technique of character assassination, Michele Bachmann. Somebody else did that.
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Tags: Islam, Michele Bachmann, Terrorism