Bachmann says Bill Clinton trying to ‘take me out’

By John Byrne
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 9:20 EDT
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The Minnesota Republican congresswoman who claimed that President Barack Obama nationalized “51 percent” of the economy has concocted a yet stranger fiction.

She believes former President Bill Clinton is trying to “take me out.”

“Because I’m using a statement like ‘gangster,’ I’m responsible for creating the climate of hate that could lead to another Timothy McVeigh and another Oklahoma City bombing,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) remarked at a recent fundraiser, referencing an earlier comment she made in which she called the Obama Administration a “gangster government.”

She continued: “I’m in my second term as a Congresswoman and the former president of the United States decides I’m important enough to take me out!”

Bachmann was speaking in a broader context of Democratic efforts to reclaim her congressional seat. She asserted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi committed nearly $10 million to defeat her in her first race.

The Minnesota congresswoman also referred to the League of Conservation voters as “radical extremists.”

“It was just announced this week that the League of Conservation voters — the kind of radical extremists on the enviro side have made me their number one target to get rid of this year.”

“They’re all in to make sure I go down,” she added, to applause.

Writing about Bachmann’s remarks in a Minnesota paper, one writer wryly asserted that Bachmann had a “very unusual form of persecution complex: she imagines the entire Democratic party as an L.A.-style street gang that has her in their cross-hairs.”

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