The story claimed Bachmann called for workhouses to get useful labor out of the current wave of unaccompanied refugee children. Pretty awful, if it were true. And not that out of character for the clueless one from Stillwater, MN, who famously rediscovered her Iowa roots as she launched her 2012 bid for the presidency by proclaiming Waterloo, Iowa as John Wayne's hometown too. (Close but no cigar!)
The wide dissemination of this "fake news" story about Bachmann got a fair amount of media attention and left several bloggers with egg on their faces, but what's worse is this: The fake story overwhelmed attention to much more awful words Michele Bachmann actually spoke.
Appearing on "Faith & Liberty," a Christian radio program hosted by Christian Dave Garrison on a Christian radio station affiliated with Midwestern Christian school Ohio Christian University, Michele employed the "slippery slope" argument against same-sex marriage and rode it straight to the gutter, where she happily splashed around in the sewage one generally finds there.
This is totally a real quote from the real Michele Bachmann.
It is an attempt to have government coerce enforced speech and behavior. Let me say that again: this is an effort to have government coerce – force – speech and behavior and it’s being pushed and advocated by the gay community. This is their ultimate goal, is to not allow for diversity of opinion on this issue, because they don’t want to be celebrated, they want to force everyone to not only agree with them but also have to finance their agenda. And they also believe that they have a right to determine, David, on a near daily basis, what their agenda is. Today the big push is on transgender and so they’re continuing to push this down the road.
I believe that we’re going to see coming an effort for multiples in marriage, not just two, but multiples in marriage. I think they want to legalize that. I think also they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means, children, uh children, would, we would do away with statutory rape laws, so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.
(Hat tip to Right Wing Watch for posting audio clips from Bachmann's appearance.)
Considering that the real Michele Bachmann isn't running for re-election, is under investigation for ethics and campaign finance violations, and is desperate to change the subject, one can forgive other elected officials and Democratic Party leaders for ignoring Bachmann's pathetic trolling.
But this sordid quote suggests that Bachmann has every intention of riding the anti-gay bias of fundamentalist Christians to a post-Congressional career as Anita Bryant 2.0.
In addition to being bizarrely offensive and completely out of touch with the American public, whose rapid embrace of same-sex marriage has stunned even longtime LGBT rights activists, the timing and the venue for Bachmann's hate-speech could not have been more cringe-worthy.
"Congresswoman Bachmann, this is the police. The calls are coming from inside the house!"
Bachmann's blood libel against the LGBT community on a Christian radio station affiliated with a Midwestern Christian college comes the same week as John Balyo, another Christian radio host on another Christian radio station affiliated with another Midwestern Christian college, indicated he will plead guilty today to charges of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.
As Rick Perry would say, "Oops!"
To be clear, no one is saying that ALL Christian radio hosts on Christian radio programs affiliated with Midwestern Christian colleges are child porn aficionados and pedophiles. Because that would be wrong. And potentially libelous. And a desperate ploy for attention. One is sure that the vast majority of Christian radio hosts on Christian radio programs affiliated with Midwestern Christian colleges are decent, law-abiding American citizens who just want to have jobs without fear of discrimination, marry the person they love, and build strong families. One is simply noting the coincidence.
Still, another reason to despise the proliferation of news-parody websites, above and beyond their click-bait headlines and undetectable satirical intent, is their ability to distract the public from what a truly awful human being like Michele Bachmann actually says and does.