BACHMANN ACCUSES AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAWMAKERS OF LYING…. Oh, Michele Bachmann, is there anything you won’t say out loud?
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told a crowd at a Duluth, Minn., rally over the weekend that there is no evidence that several black lawmakers were harassed by conservative protesters on Capitol Hill in the days leading up to the health care reform vote.
Black lawmakers, including civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), reported that they had been spat on and slurred by protesters demonstrating against the health reform bill last week.
“Democrats said that they were called the ‘N word,’ which of course would be wrong and inappropriate. But no one has any record of it. No witness saw it, it’s not on camera, it’s not on audio,” she said. “They said that they were spat upon. No one saw it.”
She went on, “There’s a $10,000 reward right now for anyone who can produce a video or an audio. Don’t you think we would have seen a video or an audio by now if there was something out there?”
I see. So, Michele Bachmann would have us believe that John Lewis is a liar. John Lewis, who has demonstrated more integrity, honesty, and courage in his career than Bachmann’s limited intellect can even fathom, is deserving of mistrust, because he heard racial slurs and talked about it. Got it.
Here are a few details for the right-wing Minnesotan to consider.
1. When Bachmann’s buddies began hurling bigoted slurs at her Democratic colleagues, there were plenty of witnesses, many of them journalists who reported on them. “No witness saw it”? That’ s backwards.
2. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) not only claims to have been spat on, there’s a video of the incident. Moreover, the right-wing activist who did the spitting was arrested. “Don’t you think we would have seen a video”? Michele, we have seen a video. (I’ll take that $10,000 reward now, please.)
3. A wide variety of Democratic lawmakers, many of them African American, including Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) have received faxes with images of nooses on gallows. The faxes have been given to law enforcement officials. If Bachmann wants to see them, I’m sure that can be arranged.
It’s easy to expect garden-variety stupidity from Michele Bachmann, but these remarks question the integrity of her colleagues, who’ve been harassed by Bachmann’s unhinged friends. The sooner she apologizes, the better.