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The boss of the United States is melancholy nuclear obliteration on Twitter, and the people of Alabama scarcely inaugurated to the U.S. Senate a man who believes homosexuality is a crime, claims Muslims should not be allowed to hold open bureau and stands accused of sexually abusing mixed teenage girls. Meanwhile, the supposed Resistance is pinning its hopes on a collusion examine led by George W. Bush’s former FBI director, opening its arms to the likes of Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) and former Republican presidential carefree Mitt Romney.
By all accounts, we are vital by the dumbest and many dangerous duration in complicated American history. So maybe it’s only wise that Michele Bachmann is considering a domestic comeback.
Over the holiday weekend, the former Minnesota representative confided to ashamed televangelist Jim Bakker that she has been available word from God about either she should run for Al Franken’s empty Senate seat. (Bakker served scarcely 5 years of a 45-year judgment after defrauding his supporters of scarcely $158 million. He claims to have foreseen 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 Japanese earthquake.)
“I’ve had people hit me and titillate me to run for that Senate seat, and the only reason we would run is for the ability to take these beliefs into the United States Senate,” she said. “The doubt is, should it be me? Should it be now?”
A first mom of the Tea Party caucus, Bachmann staked out any series of ridiculous positions during her career in Congress, before Donald Trump was a wink in the electorate’s eye. This isn’t the first time she has sought God’s permission to run for office; she credited the Almighty for her presidential run in 2012, which she claims was “wildly successful” since she forced the GOP to adopt Obamacare dissolution as its party line. “I over the job that God gave me,” she told Bakker.
Here are 5 contribution about the earlier congresswoman that could leave you ill about her probable run for Senate.
1. She plays quick and lax with campaign financial laws.
In Mar of last year, the Federal Elections Committee released a notice that scarcely $1.7 million had left blank from her congressional campaign cabinet between Oct and Dec 2016. Bachmann’s cabinet treasurer told the Center for Public Integrity at the time that the inequality was merely a “mistake in using the filing software.” But 4 years prior, following her luckless bid for president, Bachmann came under review by the elections committee, the House Ethics Committee and the FBI for violating campaign financial laws.
According to the strange complaint, first obtained by the Daily Beast, former campaign staffer Peter Waldron alleges Bachmann “funneled money” by a direct-mail consultant to pay Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson an “illicit six-figure salary.” Waldron also accuses the consultant, who doubled as Bachmann’s inhabitant domestic director, of holding income from her domestic transformation cabinet as a full-time staffer, a defilement of FEC rules. Bachmann did not find reelection in 2014.
2. She believes finish times are close and yearns for the apocalypse.
Whereas the whole of the Republican Party was up in arms over Obama’s understanding with Iran, Bachmann believed it was means to rejoice—not for geopolitical reasons, but since she believed it brought the universe that much closer to fulfilling biblical prophesy. According to Zechariah 12:3, “all the nations of the earth” will combine against Israel, which will set in suit the second coming of Jesus Christ. She called the nuclear pact, “the many critical inhabitant confidence eventuality of my lifetime.”
“It’s substantially not worth unpacking any some-more of this lunacy,” Sean Illing wrote at Salon. “The broader indicate is that people like Bachmann (and many other Republicans) really trust this stuff. Indeed, there’s a poignant subset of the GOP that advocates for Israel on quite theocratic grounds: They crave for the apocalypse. These people imagination themselves patriots, but they’re gleefully subordinating American unfamiliar policy to eremite convictions in sequence to dive the finish times.”
3. She’s profoundly xenophobic.
Like probably every Republican during the 2016 election, Bachmann lent her support to Donald Trump. Unlike other Republicans, she believed “beyond a shade of a doubt” that if Hillary Clinton had prevailed, it would have been the last U.S. election ever held—due not to her baleful delusions, but to her entrenched guess of brownish-red people.
“It’s a math problem of demographics and a changing United States,” she told the Christian Broadcasting Network in 2016. “If you demeanour at the numbers of people who opinion and who live in the country and who Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton wish to bring in to the country, this is the last election when we even have a possibility to opinion for somebody who will mount up for saintly dignified principles. This is it.”
4. She’s a destructive Islamophobe.
Even by the GOP’s increasingly feverish standards, Bachmann has remained forward of the bend in her feeling to refugees generally and Muslims specifically. In 2012, she co-authored a minute to the State Department with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), claiming the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the United States supervision in office of “civilization jihad.” The organisation also launched a allegation campaign against Clinton help Huma Abedin, claiming her mother, hermit and late father all had ties to Muslim extremists.
In Nov 2015, she called on conservatives to conflict the entrance of Syrian refugees into the country, citing an essay from a border worried website that claimed Muslim men are rapists.
“Refugees are 70 percent gang-age males,” Bachmann wrote in a tweet. “No some-more in the US.”
One week later, Donald Trump called for a “total and finish shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until the country’s member can figure out what the ruin is going on.”
5. She’s in the Koch brothers’ pocket.
The Koch brothers, who have donated infinite millions to the Tea Party Caucus, are all the justification Bachmann needs of the existence of a aloft power. During an talk at the Koch-sponsored Conservative Political Action Conference, she thanked God for the oil barons’ support and suggested that those who impugn her benefactors should be tried for orderly crime, per Right Wing Watch.
“I just appreciate God that there’s a billionaire or two on the side,” she said. “All the billionaires seem to be on the radical left, so I’m blissful that we have a couple on ours. we wish we get a few some-more that are peaceful that come out but comprehend also this is an danger movement, I’m certain that the donors on the side don’t like to have their names vilified and that’s what this is about, intimidating people from giving income to the cause, that’s it. There’s something called the RICO statute, the racketeering law, that should be practical against them for doing this.”
Jacob Sugarman is a handling editor at AlterNet.