Bachmann: Hurricane Irene was a message from God

Michele Bachmann told Florida voters this weekend that last week’s East Coast earthquake and Hurricane Irene were political messages from God.

She hailed the tea party as being common-sense Americans who understand government shouldn’t spend more than it takes in, know they’re taxed enough already and want government to abide by the Constitution.

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” she said. “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.”

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook much of the eastern seaboard — including Washington D.C. — last Tuesday, and Hurricane Irene swept from North Carolina to New England this weekend. 

Bachmann spoke to more than thousand people during her Florida stop, but according to the St. Petersburg Times, many people wanted to know about one of her chief 2012 rivals, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Plenty of people in the crowd said they were interested to learn more about Perry, but Bradenton retiree Philip Staples said he’s already sold on Bachmann. “She’s got the fire in the belly, and she’s a straight shooter. She’s one of the common people,” he said.

Asked in an interview to spell out the chief difference between her and Perry, Bachmann pointed to her record leading the charge against most of President Barack Obama’s agenda and willingness to buck her own party.

“The difference, I think, is that I’ve been in Washington over four years actively fighting against all of the measures that people want gone. If people are looking for someone with a proven track record to trust with the highest office of the land, someone who means what they say and says what they mean, I do that. People who see in me someone who’s genuine and authentic and also someone whose a champion, a champion for the principles,” she said. “We can’t just have a manager in that seat.”

Update, 1:55: The Bachmann campaign insists that the natural disaster comment was just a joke.

“Obviously she was saying it in jest,” a campaign spokeswoman told Talking Points Memo.

CNN has the video of the statement, and it shows the crowd laughing along with Bachmann: 

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com

Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Fritz Dahmus on 08/29/2011 - 11:47 am.

    Yes, we all get it! You don’t like her religious beliefs and intensity.

    Here is a news bulletin for you: Religious people think everything is a product of God’s hands. Did you study any religion as a youth? Do you know any religious people? She is not a secular humanist making things up as she goes…..she follows the Bible. She is not alone in these beliefs….please start writing some interesting and new tidbits about her. I am seriously close to canceling this email subscription…it is getting useless.

  2. Submitted by Dan Hintz on 08/29/2011 - 12:53 pm.

    Fritz (#1) you obviously don’t get it. The religion that I (and most people) learned as a youth doesn’t say anything about God punishing us with natural disasters for excessive government spending. Bachmann actually IS making things up as she goes, and that is why this, like her numerous lies and nonsensical statements – is newsworthy. The perverted brand of Christianity followed by Michelle Bachmann has very little to do with the Bible.

  3. Submitted by Erik Hare on 08/29/2011 - 02:02 pm.

    I like the way she credits what “God” is saying and then crosses it with what the “American people” are saying.

    Vox popularum est vox Dei

    (hopefully she’ll remember that when she loses)

  4. Submitted by J E Strader on 08/29/2011 - 04:23 pm.

    Careful there, Ms. Shrill. Whether or not it was a joke is beyond my ability to judge, but I do think either way you’ve pretty much taken your god’s name in vain.

  5. Submitted by Nate Archibald on 08/29/2011 - 05:39 pm.

    Fritz, read Luke 13:1-5, in the Bible, to see why your comments are wrong.

    As for Bachmann she seems to not understand that the earthquake and the hurricane will require more government spending in order to rebuild and strengthen the infrastructure around the east coast. If these natural events are from God then He must want government to be more actively involved in the affairs of everyday citizens.

    At some point one has to just shake one’s head and wonder what inane statement will come out of Ms. Bachmann’s mouth next. I think I would pay money to listen to Bachmann and Biden debate!!! Ha!

  6. Submitted by Susan Rego on 08/30/2011 - 09:37 am.

    The video available on this post is from a later appearance, after Bachmann realized what she stepped in. Her delivery here is in a humorous vein.

    The transcription that starts out this post is from an earlier version, the video of which doesn’t show her as much in a “comedian” mode, but rather, soothsayer.

    See ABC news for the first version. http://tinyurl.com/3gyaduq

  7. Submitted by Reggie McGurt on 08/31/2011 - 02:19 pm.

    40+ people dead from the hurricane. Billions of dollars in damages. Hilarious!!

  8. Submitted by will lynott on 09/01/2011 - 06:42 pm.

    Hey, maybe she has something. If hurricanes and floods are God’s warnings, I assume global warming is as well. I look forward to seeing her tackling that one.

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