The St. Petersburg Times is reporting today that presidential candidate and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn), while making a campaign swing through the area, told her audience:
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”
When the media pounced on her words, intending to paint her as a religious nut, her campaign responded by saying the comments were “in jest.” Video of the event appears to support that assertion but it begs the question: Why make a joke about a deadly natural disaster?
It’s not Bachmann’s first slip up on the campaign trail. From confusing actor John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gasy to mixing up Elvis’ birthday with the anniversary of his death, she has made a number of cringe-worthy statements. However, none of these gaffes was nearly as amateur and unpresidential as this.
The vetting of Michele Bachmann is now fully underway, as it should be for any person seeking the highest office in the land. While she has admirably brought some good ideas to the Republican debate, these comments prove that she is not prepared to be President of the United States.
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