Here’s something that’ll keep you sleeping soundly at night: Michell Bachmann has announced that she’s advising
Russian Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy issues.
They must figure that they can’t hurt their campaign any worse by doing this and that it’ll only help them rope the power-hungry and venal members of the Religious Right further into their web.
The former Minnesota congresswoman, former presidential candidate in 2012, and Tea Party firebrand attended a fundraiser in Minnesota for Trump on Saturday, and that was where she told MPR news that she’s got Trump’s ear on the issue of foreign policy:
He also recognizes there is a threat around the world, not just here in Minnesota, of radical Islam. I wish our President Obama also understood the threat of radical Islam and took it seriously.
My very first instinct is to say, “Well, she can’t be any worse than the other people Trump has. I mean, one of his foreign policy advisors thinks that the Native Americans and Turkey are working together to build a nuclear warhead.” And then I remember that this is Michelle Bachmann and silently chastise myself for being so hopelessly naive.
According to the Star Tribute, Bachmann described Trump as, “a common-sense guy, not into political correctness.”
Bachmann went on to say, “I think the fact he is here is Minnesota says that he’s intending to play in Minnesota. He’s intending to play in all 50 states, and I think that’s good that he’s doing that.”
I mean, I can’t possibly see where this can go wrong. This is from the campaign that suggested it has a place for Sarah Palin, so they clearly know what they’re doing. It’s not like their former campaign manager had questionable ties to a deposed pro-Putin party in Ukraine or anything.
I want to ask something that’s tangentially related to this, though, so bear with me.
One thing that I often hear from a subset of gay people (usually gay white guys) is that Trump will somehow stand up for them. This was the image that Trump tried to project after Orlando. But if it’s true that Trump is listening to her on issues of foreign policy (and given that she’s part of his Evangelical Advisory Board, which “supports” Trump on “issues important to Evangelicals and other people of faith in America,” I don’t see a reason to disbelieve that statement), what f*cking planet do you live on? How can you believe that when one of the most ardent opponents of gay rights is on one of his “advisory boards?”
But that’s a side point. The problem this piece addresses is that the woman who thinks the United Nations is going to institute a One World Government and that Barack Obama is the Antichrist has a privileged position on foreign policy issues. And that should be terrifying.
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