WASHINGTON – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said the United States was founded on racial and ethnic diversity and that the founding fathers were responsible for abolishing slavery.
Speaking at an event sponsored by Iowans For Tax Relief, Bachmann hailed the “different cultures, different backgrounds, different traditions” of the early European settlers in America, adding that the “color of their skin” or “language” or “economic status” didn’t preclude them from seeking happiness.
“Once you got here, we were all the same,” she said. “Isn’t that remarkable? It is absolutely remarkable.”
The Minnesota Republican called slavery an “evil” and “scourge” and “stain on our history.”
“But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States,” Bachmann added, claiming “men like John Quincy Adams… would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.”
Slavery was an institution in the United States for generations after its founding in 1776, largely due to a compromise between the founders that established African-Americans as three-fifths of a person. Several of the founding fathers themselves held slaves.
One of the framers, Thomas Jefferson, famously fathered children with Sally Hemmings, one of his slaves.
Slavery was not fully abolished until 1865, when the United States ratified the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution that expressly forbade it. Though he wasn’t one of the founders, John Quincy Adams is credited by historians as having been a strong opponent of slavery.
A tea party hero, Bachmann has earned something of a cult following with her vicious attacks and occasionally conspiratorial claims about the Obama administration. She’s also no stranger to factual inaccuracies. Bill Adlair, editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact, said her claims tend to be false more often than just about any other politician.
Bachmann announced plans to give her own response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, though Republicans said hers would not be the party’s official rebuttal.
This video is Bachmann’s speech, uploaded to YouTube.
24 hours of embarrassing incidents culminate in #TrumpIsALaughingStock trending on Twitter
President Donald Trump has already had a tough week.
It started Monday evening when HBO aired a widely-panned interview with Axios correspondent Jonathan Swan.
Monday morning, Trump appeared entirely unfamiliar with Yosemite National Park.
And then Trump had another one of his lie-filled presidential briefings.
All the fodder circulating resulted in the hashtag for "Trump is a laughing stock" trending on Twitter.
Here's some of what people were saying about the commander-in-chief:
GOP operatives linked to Kayne West’s presidential bid in potential ‘spoiler’ effort: NYT
There are questions as to whether Kanye West is running a "spoiler" bid for president to help re-elect his friend, Donald Trump, according to a new report by The New York Times.
"At least four people who have been active in Republican politics are linked to Kanye West’s attempt to get on the presidential ballot this year. The connection raises questions about the aims of the entertainer’s effort and whether it is regarded within the G.O.P. as a spoiler campaign that could aid President Trump, even as those close to Mr. West have expressed concerns about his mental health as he enters the political arena," the newspaper reported.
Kris Kobach ridiculed after losing comeback bid in Kansas: ‘Adios amigo’
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the projected loser of the state's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Kobach, a longtime crusader against immigration, headed up President Donald Trump's so-called "voter fraud commission" before it was disbanded after failing to identify any widespread instances of fraud.
Kobach unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.
Here's some of what people were saying about Kobach's defeat: