On Monday night's edition of "The Rachel Maddow Show," host Rachel Maddow took a critical look at a press conference given in Egypt by Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Steve King (R-IA) and Louis Gohmert (R-TX) in which they made wild accusations against the Muslim Brotherhood, blaming them for the al Qaeda attacks on the U.S. that took place on 9/11.
Maddow began by rolling video from the bizarre press conference, in which Bachmann haltingly declared her support of U.S. aid to Egypt's military and said, "We've seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world. We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9-1-1 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans."
"No, you don't remember," Maddow said. "Because the Muslim Brotherhood is actually a thing. It's not just a term for guys who are Muslims and maybe have siblings."
She expressed incredulity that members of the U.S. Congress would go to Egypt and declare to Egyptians that an element in their country was responsible for the terror attacks on 9/11. She dubbed the coalition of Republicans the "Michele Bachmann Flying Circus."
These are the lengths, she said, that Republicans are willing to go to in order to avoid having to have a substantive opinion about Syria. They're actually willing to use their passports to fly to Egypt and sing the praises of that country's ongoing military coup rather than address the situation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his purported use of chemical weapons.
“The Republican party, for the most part," Maddow said, "is just deciding not to weigh in or they’re going to Egypt to say the Muslim Brotherhood did 9-1-1. It would be awesome at times like this for the opposition party in Washington to be a useful part of the debate...Instead, though, a lot of the most substantive discussion and debate is happening just inside one of our two parties.”
Watch the video, embedded below via MSNBC: