If an 8-year old’s gay mom is “reprehensible” for having him call out Michele Bachmann, what does that make the candidate herself?
Michele Bachmann had an awkward interaction with an 8-year old kid this week. You’ll recall that young Elijah and his mother approached Bachmann during a South Carolina book signing and the shy lad, after some encouragement, told the anti-gay presidential candidate, “My mommy — Miss Bachmann, my mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need fixing.”
Bachmann was at once horrified and furious. The glare she gave Elijah’s mother could have frozen Satan himself, which is good, because Bachmann thinks gay people like Elijah’s mother are “part of Satan.”
It was immediately evident Bachmann would spin the unflattering moment by claiming Elijah’s mother manipulated him into setting her up. And Bachmann did just that last night when she called Elijah’s mother “reprehensible” for using a child for political gain.
“This little boy was looking down at his toes. He obviously didn’t want to say what he was put up to say. And I just think it’s reprehensible when someone uses a little child to advance a political agenda,” Bachmann told CNN’s John King.
“That’s what was going on at that bick — book signing. I’d never do that to one of my children and it’s really unfortunate that this poor little boy was used in that way.”
I’ll have to again remind Bachmann of what I said after the Elijah video first appeared: even if this woman did ask her son to confront you knowing she would have an instant YouTube hit, you can’t throw stones, for you’re consistently exploiting the 5 biological and the 23 foster children you “raised” to further your own ambitions.
Remember your very first presidential debate? You were asked why you oppose gay marriage, and you replied, “I believe that for children, the best possible way to raise children is to have a mother and father in their life… My parents were divorced. And I was raised by a single mother. There’s a lot of single families and families with troubled situations. That’s why my husband and I have broken hearts for at-risk kids and it’s why we took 23 foster children into our home.”
You use your children, Congresswoman Bachmann, as evidence of your “family values.” And you trot them out in an effort to connect with other mothers, as evidenced in your November essay for The Today Show.
“My husband Marcus and I raised five biological children and welcomed 23 foster children into our home,” you wrote. “For the first time in 29 years, there are no children under our roof. It’s been an adjustment, but I vowed I would not let my newfound empty nest and a presidential campaign stand in the way of staying connected with my children.”
If Elijah’s mother is reprehensible, which I think is far too harsh a word, then you are, too. Actually, you’re worse: you claim to celebrate the family, yet your policies hurt people like Elijah, his mom and countless others in less “traditional” units. So, chew on that.
Anyway… after calling out Elijah’s mother, Bachmann was asked if she has a message for them. She did: “I believe in equal treatment for all Americans and I think that’s what we need to have, and respect for each other. I think that family is very important. And I am very unashamed. I believe that we should all be allowed to have our opinions respected. And I stand for marriage and marriage between a man and a woman.”
See, Elijah and Elijah’s mom? Bachmann believes in equality, but mommy still can’t marry a woman she loves, because your family can have everything except for certain rights.
Yep, the same predictable, reprehensible rhetoric we’ve come to expect from Bachmann.
Image via Politico.