Still Working It
The Strib continues to have a good time sussing out Michele's gaffes and outright lies. And she keeps providing her home town newspaper with the material to do so.
Bachmann, explaining how immigration reform could hurt the Republican Party, mischaracterized Obama’s 2012 executive order ending deportations of illegal immigrants who were brought into the United States as children:
“I think the president, even by executive order, could again wave his magic wand before 2014 and he'd say now all of the new, legal Americans are going to have voting rights. Why do I say that? He did it in 2012! Do you remember? Anyone who was here as a Latina under, ah, age 30, he said, ‘You get to vote.’ What? He decides you get to vote? If he did it 2012, know — take it to the bank — he'll do in 2014.”
In fact, Obama’s executive order had nothing to do with voting, whether by Latinas or Latinos. Since the interview was posted a week ago, Bachmann's comments have generally been derided as the latest example of her reputation for disregarding facts. [Emphasis added]
This time, however, somebody on her staff stepped forward (whether at her direction or not) and clarified that what she meant to say was that hypothetically the president could conceivably do so.
Sorry, Michele: that's a little too little and a little too late.
It makes me wonder just what it is she intends to do after she leaves the House.
It also makes me wonder just what the Democrats are going to do about it.