Michele Bachmann, head of the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus, is has accused Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, of having ties to the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood. Just another day in the life of professional crazy politician Michelle "Joe McCarthy" Bachmann. Her meritless accusations on Abedin (who is married to a Jewish former member of congress from New York City--all part of the plan, see!?) have recently come under attack by....fellow republicans?
REPUBLICAN REBUKE #1
Republican Senator and former Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain took to the Senate Floor to defend Abedin, whom he knows personally, and rebuked Bachmann for making scurrilous, unfounded attacks on this high-level aide. As McCain stated:
"These allegations about Huma and the report from which they are drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant...The letter alleges that three members of Huma’s family are 'connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Never mind that one of those individuals, Huma’s father, passed away two decades ago. The letter and the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government.
These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit," McCain added. "And they need to stop now."REPUBLICAN REBUKE #2
Yesterday, Think Progress uncovered another republican who refuted Bachmann's claims as baseless, conservative member of Congress Sensenbrenner, from Wisconsin:
During a town hall held by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on Sunday, a constituent lauded Bachmann’s anti-Muslim witchhunt about a supposed Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. government and called on her congressman to support her efforts. Sensenbrenner instead used the opportunity not only to defend Abedin, but to advocate for the larger notion of religious pluralism in America and a separation between church and state.
SENSENBRENNER: Let me say that I do know Huma Abedin and I think that the comments that were made about her in that letter, whether or not they were taken out of context, were the wrong thing to do… I think the Constitution in saying that there shall never be a religious test for any office of trust and profit under the United States meant that people should not be judged on the basis of their religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs. That was Thomas Jefferson that put that in the Constitution — I think he was right.
Video of Sensenbrenner rejoinder to constituent at townhall meeting:
Other republican members of Congress have weighed in as well. From Politico:
And Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, was described by several sources as incredibly angry when he heard of the incident.
The Republican backlash against Bachmann started with Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) statement on the Senate floor Wednesday, saying she had made “sinister accusations.”
Rep. Jeff Flake, a conservative Arizona lawmaker running for Senate, tweeted “Kudos to @SenJohnMcCain for his statement on Senate floor yesterday defending Clinton aide. Well said.”
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) added: “Rep. Bachmann’s accusations about Sec. Clinton aide Huma Abedin are out-of-line. This kind of rhetoric has no place in our public discourse.”
This can't possibly help the credibility of the already not popular House leadership, whose popularity ratings remain at a historically low of 16%.
Boehner declined to entertain a reporter’s question about whether he would toss Bachmann off the Intelligence Committee, where she’s privy to highly classified information. Behind the scenes, leadership aides said they were shaken by the comments from someone as prominent as Bachmann.
TAKE ACTION: BACHMANN SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE
People for the American Way have started a petition to remove Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee (an oxymoron if ever there was one. Sign the petition here.
People For the American Way is calling on House Speaker John Boehner to remove Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and two other members from their seats on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence after a series of irresponsible allegations against U.S. government employees.
Intelligence Committee members Bachmann, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and Rep. Thomas Rooney were among the five Republican representatives to sign a letter to federal agencies baselessly alleging that a number of public servants, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin, have ties to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. The letter relied largely on phony information peddled by anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney.