In a stunning interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC, Rep. Michele Bachmann called on the media to investigate anti-American sentiment in Congress, after slamming Barack Obama as “anti-American.” The accusations by Bachmann spurred massive fundraising for her opponent and the creation of a movement to urge Congress to censure Bachmann.
On MSNBC, she said, “What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think the American people would love to see an expose like that.”
On Obama she said, “Absolutely, I’m very concerned that he may have anti-American views.”
Not 24 hours earlier, Bachmann said, “If the presidency would somehow go to Barack Obama, I would welcome him to the 6th District as well. As a matter of fact, I would put my hand on his shoulder and give him a kiss if he wanted to.”
Her appearance on Matthews’ “Hardball” prompted outrage among Obama supporters and resulted in her opponent, El Tinklenberg, raking in as much as $200 a minute in fundraising contributions Friday evening.
Minnesota Democratic Party Chairman Brian Melendez cautioned Bachmann: “The last politician who used that term that carelessly was Joe McCarthy, and Michele Bachmann seems anxious to step into his shoes.”