Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) made another U.S. history-related gaffe at a campaign event on Saturday. Addressing a crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Congresswoman said, “What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord.”
The shot heard around the world and the battles of Lexington and Concord took place in Massachusetts in 1775.
This is not the fist time Bachmann has stumbled in relating her knowledge of Revolutionary War history. At a January event sponsored by the organization Iowans for Tax Relief, Bachmann presented a view of early American racial politics that would probably surprise most historians.
Ignoring the fact that many of the founding fathers themselves owned slaves, Bachmann claimed, “we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States”.
Nonetheless, the outspoken Republican, who has alluded to a possible 2012 presidential run, is not without her fans. Conservative activist Dana Loesch appeared on Friday’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and offered a ringing endorsement of Bachmann, while appearing to rule out support for a Sarah Palin candidacy.
“I’m not talking about Sarah Palin,” she said as she mused about why, “immediately the women are discounted in the Republican Party.” Loesch went on to say, “I like Michele Bachmann,” although she claimed not to be familiar with the substance of Bachmann’s remarks on slavery and the founding fathers.
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