Bachmann says j/k about Irene

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has taken a lot of heat over her claim that Hurricane Irene and the September 23 Earthquake were God’s message to Washington.

At a recent campaign stop, Bachmann said, “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.'”

Bachmann supporters now claim she was just kidding. Irene killed more than 40 people, caused millions to evacuate, and will cost billions of dollars in cleanup.


Aside from her “joke” being decidedly tin-eared and non-funny, how can Bachmann expect us to know when she’s being serious, after some of the things she’s said? This is the woman who, with a straight face, claims that “submissive” (as in “wives, be submissive to your husbands”) means “mutual respect.” This is the woman who claims that God told her to marry her husband, God told her to run for office, etc. etc. So how is claiming that the Almighty speaks through natural disasters somehow suddenly hilarious coming from her?


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