Callous Michele Bachmann Calls Deadly Hurricane Irene "Message from God" to Cut Spending

Hurricane Irene's death toll is up to 27 people so far, including an 11-year-old boy who was killed when a tree crashed through his Virginia apartment. But as the storm was raging up the East Coast—and just a few days before the anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina—Michele Bachmann was on the campaign trail, and making some very callous, thoughtless statements about Irene.

In Florida—a state that knows from hurricanes, but was fortunately spared by Irene—Bachmann told a roomful of supporters that Hurricane Irene and the earthquake preceding it were, in fact, God's warning to Washington. The shocking quote:

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”

 Bachmann's blamed plenty on God before, including her decision to be a "submissive" wife, but linking a devastating natural disaster to her extreme radical views on the economy as Americans perished is particularly callous*. Watch the video via Mediaite:



 * Speaking of callous: on the same FL campaign trail, Bachmann also said that in this terrible jobs climate, she would be "open" to actually lowering the minimum wage.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 29, 2011, 5:30am

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