Michele Bachmann gets round-the-clock bodyguards because of Islamic State
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) is getting her own security detail to protect her against Islamic State militants.
The lawmaker’s office referred reporters to Capitol Police, Politico reported, but law enforcement officials declined to specify details of the threat.
These police details usually protect members of Congress 24 hours a day whether they are in Washington or in their home districts.
Fox News reported that a “limited” police detail will follow Bachmann after her likeness appeared in a video produced by the Islamic State.
In the video, Bachmann’s image is blurred but her voice is heard speaking about the rise of radical Islam.
Bachmann, who is retiring when her term ends early next year, has been harshly critical of Muslims, in general, demanding President Barack Obama declare war on the religion.
“I believe if you have an evil of an order of this magnitude, you take it seriously,” Bachmann said during the Value Voters Summit last month. “You declare war on it, you don’t dance around it. Just like the Islamic State has declared war on the United States of America.”
The lawmaker introduced legislation that would revoke U.S. citizenship for Americans who join the Islamic State militant group, although Congress decided not to take up the bill or a similar one introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
She will lose the security detail when her term ends in January.