My ol’ friend Michele Bachmann has been back in the news a fair bit lately as an official member of Team Trump. According to this Christian Broadcasting Network piece, “Bachmann is one of Trump’s formal evangelical advisors and advises him informally on foreign policy.”
In an interview with CBN’s David Brody, while explicitly saying that she didn’t want to be melodramatic, Bachmann predicted that if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, the 2016 election will be “the last election.” Here’s the quote (and this link includes video of the interview).
If Clinton wins, Bachmann says: “I don’t want to be melodramatic but I do want to be truthful. I believe without a shadow of a doubt this is the last election. This is it. This is the last election.”
Or maybe that’s not what she’s saying. Maybe it’s not a racial analysis, maybe it’s about the Muslim hordes emigrating in, or maybe it’s about heathenism. Because when she sought to clarify for CBN what she meant by “last election,” she said that if Hillary Clinton wins, 2016 will be “The last election where we even have a chance to vote for someone who will stand up for Godly, moral principles.” (Apparently, she sees Trump as godly/moral.)
Now there’s some race and some religion and some Founding Father worship and anti-abortion and some swing-state analysis and some special-ability-to-tell-good-from-evil-and-know-what-God-wants mixed together here, as only Bachmann can mix them, which I hope she will clarify for the benefit of those seeking her guidance on the Trump-Clinton choice. But the best I can do for right now is give you the whole quote in case you don’t watch the interview. Here goes.
According to Bachmann:
The reason why I say that [it will be the last election] David is because it’s a math problem. It’s a math problem of demographics and a changing United States. If you look at the numbers of people who vote and who lives in the country and who Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton want to bring into the country, this is the last election when we even have a chance to vote for somebody who will stand up for godly moral principles. This is it.
Hillary Clinton, I’m not judging her spiritually or where she is at, but we know where she’s going to come down on Supreme Court justices, she’s pro-Planned Parenthood. She’s for everything I’m against. I think it’s very clear. We’ve got a day and night contrast. This isn’t even close between what Donald Trump stands for and espouses and what Hillary Clinton stands for and espouses.
People look at Trump and he can be coarse and a little crude and all the rest and I say, “Get over it!” Get over it because what he is going to do is uphold religious liberty and advance the constitutional republic that our founders gave us.
She [Hillary Clinton] has said herself that she is going to grant wholesale amnesty to people from the Third World who are here in the United States and we hear this fake number of 11 million illegal aliens in the United States. Wrong! It’s about 30 to 40 million illegal aliens currently in the United States. Thirty to 40 million! What Hillary Clinton’s ultimate goal is is to secure her reelection. The very first thing she will do as President Hillary Clinton is this: she will have a wholesale amnesty so that Republicans will never again have the chance at winning Florida or Texas. If we can’t win Florida or Texas, it’s game over.
All the “Never Trumpers,” all the establishment Republicans that are out there saying, “We’ll just take our chances and four years from now we’ll have a better candidate, then we can take the White House.” It’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen. Hillary Clinton will ensure it won’t happen because she’s going to change the demographics of the United States so that no Republican will ever win again.
God says to every nation for all of time, “I set before you life and death, what are you going to choose?” If you look at the book of Genesis, you don’t even have to get beyond Chapter 3 to see God gives us life. The first thing he gives mankind is life. What does man choose? Death. We choose rebellion and death. You go from Genesis all through the Bible to the book of Revelation; man stupidly makes the same decision over and over again by rejecting life and choosing death. What I’m telling you is that’s what we’re looking at now in this country.
So I hope that clarifies what she means.
In another portion of the same interview, Bachmann divulged that God had chosen Trump to be the Republican nominee, even though there were others in the Republican field, like Former Gov. Mike Huckabee or Dr. Ben Carson, who cut a more typical evangelical figure. She herself, she acknowledged, had favored Sen. Ted Cruz for the nomination. As in:
“I actually supported Ted Cruz. I thought he was fabulous. But I also see that at the end of the day God raised up, I believe, Donald Trump who was going to be the nominee in this election. I don’t think God sits things out. He’s a sovereign God. Donald Trump became our nominee.”
The proof that God wanted Trump to be the nominee was simply that Trump is the nominee, she said, adding “I do know that the Bible is true and that Daniel teaches that the Most High God, which is one of God’s names, is the one who lifts up who He will and takes down who He will.”
Here’s another clip from the CBN interview in which she elucidates the bit above.
In case someone reading this is new to town, Bachmann is a former Republican state Senator, and then a four-term member of Congress from Minnesota’s Sixth District. During her years in public life, she was outspokenly evangelical and homophobic. She was an early leader of the Tea Party movement and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. She was briefly a candidate for president in 2012, but dropped out after a sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.
As to why I called her my ol’ friend at the top, we are not really friends, but I did cover her, a lot, from the time of her first bid for Congress back when I was with the Strib, until the end of her presidential bid after I had begun MinnPosting. She eventually stopped returning my calls.