Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was recently on the Washington Watch radio show with conservative bigot Tony Perkins. During the show, Perkins asked her if there was anything about her job as a member of Congress that had surprised her. In the lead up to her answer, she talked about her role on the House Intelligence Committee (I know, I know) and how she had “a front row seat in this up tempo of Islamic jihad across the world.”
“While the President continues to say that this is not about the religion of Islam,” she said, “I beg to differ. This has everything to do with the tenets of Islam and it IS the new state that’s being put together and for the purpose of destroying Israel and to turn the United States, also, into an Islamic caliphate.”
She then went on with this:
I have been very surprised, to answer your question, to see the president of the United States, at every turn, cut the legs off of our ally, Israel, and in fact embrace and lift up the agenda of Islamic jihad.
Listen to the audio here:
The original post about this at Buzzfeed notes that Bachmann made the comments in response to reports about President Obama’s diplomatic efforts to engage Iran in the fight against the Islamic extremist group ISIS and to rachet down their nuclear program.
Wonkette, of course, does a much better job than I could ever do of highlighting and ridiculing the mind-numbing stupidity of her argument. What I wanted to specifically point out, however, is that a sitting member of Congress has essentially accused the President of the United States of treason. The U.S. Code makes this quite clear:
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
This isn’t the only example of Bachmann’s doing this, by the way. Just a few days ago she also told the WorldNetDaily (WND) that “the president is going exactly in the opposite direction of trying to stamp out terrorism”.
Embracing and lifting up the agenda of Islamic jihad. Going in the exact opposite direction of stamping out terrorism. Those would certainly qualify as “giving aid and comfort to our enemies”. So, yeah, Michele Bachmann has very clearly accused President Obama of treason.
In other news, the sun came up this morning.
[Bachmann caricature by Donkey Hotey | Flickr]