Michele Bachmann Tells Supporters of Trayvon Martin They’re Imagining Things

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Michele Bachmann tried to defend Newt Gingrich’s comments about the shooting of Trayvon Martin by accusing people of imagining what happened.

Here is the video from ABC News:

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Transcript from This Week:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning. Well, let’s first get a response to what David Plouffe there had to say about Speaker Gingrich’s comments on the Trayvon Martin case. What did you make of that?

BACHMANN: Well, I think what Newt Gingrich said is that race shouldn’t be a factor. All human life is valuable. And it’s interesting the second part of David Plouffe’s answer, he said the same thing. All human life is valuable.

That should be the bottom line. I’m a mother, a mother of five biological children, but also a mother of 23 great foster children. And when you’re a mother, of course, when something tragic like this happens, you want to know what the truth is, what’s the result. That’s why an investigation is so important. We have to get to the truth about what really happened, not imagine what happened, but actually get to the truth.

Bachmann was trying to defend these statements by Newt Gingrich, “What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful. It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified, no matter what the ethnic background. Is the president suggesting that, if it had been a white who’d been shot, that would be OK, because it wouldn’t look like him? That’s just nonsense.”

The game the right is now playing is to pretend that there are no facts in the Trayvon Martin case. They want the American people to believe that the facts are unknown, and anyone who believes that an innocent young man was gunned down in cold blood is imagining things. I guess people are imagining the 911 tape. They also must be imagining the fact that an armed George Zimmerman chased down an unarmed 17 year old. It must also be a figment of the imagination that the man who authored Florida’s Stand Your Ground law has stated that it does not apply to Zimmerman.

Bachmann is correct that George Zimmerman is innocent until proven guilty in a court law, but the problem in this case is the refusal of local enforcement to involve the judicial system in the case. The people who believe that Trayvon Martin was murdered do not hold that belief due to an imaginary construct. When an armed adult chases down an unarmed teenager and shoots him to death, and there is a 9-1-1 call to prove it, imagination isn’t needed to understand the likely chain of events.

It is the height of absurdity for Bachmann to suggest that Gingrich’s comments did not have a basis in race. Newt Gingrich was insinuating that President Obama is a racist for saying that if he had a son Trayvon Martin would look like him. Would Michele Bachmann claim that people were imagining things if the roles were reversed? What if Trayvon Martin was white/Hispanic unarmed teenager and George Zimmerman was an African-American? Would Bachmann still claim that those who are calling for an investigation or an arrest are imagining things?

First, they tried to blame the victim for wearing a hoodie. Now they are claiming that it is all just your imagination. The right doesn’t care about George Zimmerman, but they certainly don’t want the American people asking questions about stand your ground laws, ALEC, and the NRA, so they are looking for any excuse to bury the reality that a teenager was gunned and nobody wants to be held responsible.

15 Replies to “Michele Bachmann Tells Supporters of Trayvon Martin They’re Imagining Things”

  1. The President’s remarks were pretty direct, I thought. Racism IS a factor in far too much shootings of young teens. And in arrests. And in stop-and-frisks.

    It is an undercurrent in America that is unwelcome, and Mr. Gingrich’s remarks (and Ms. Bachmann’s) are unwelcome as well.

  2. Really hate this woman. Don’t speak for me, lady… the Affordable Care Act is more popular than you know. We’re not all idiots out here too stupid to know what’s good for us, and better healthcare IS good for us.

  3. Imagine that. My imagination is running away with me. I guess Trevyon is truly not dead and lynchings and racism are not real. Ignorance this is not just plain hate.

  4. Has anyone ever heard from these 23 foster kids? They can’t all have signed confidentially agreements not to talk about the crazy woman that raised them…

  5. What I have noticed is that many on the right do not like the facts as they stand. They are trying very hard to create their own facts, like the revision of history.

  6. The President was being empathetic in his speech. He was consoling two parents who had just lost their son. Consoling an outraged nation. Then you have these insensitive a-holes, for lack of a better word, that want to turn the Presidents words of comfort, into something sinister. They know exactly what the President is saying, but they are so beholden to the lunatics that make up their base and the NRA that they are willing to say anything to stay in their good graces. It’s sick to insinuate this kid was asking for it. It’s disgusting to suggest the Presidents words were racist. These are the people that want to run our country!?

  7. When crazy people say insane things while they walk down the street, we all just ignore them. Why is it that when this one speaks, it turns into a press event?

  8. For years I’ve been amazed that Michele Bachmann has endured–and isn’t a figment of my imagination. Like many in-patients, she hears what her mind can grasp or wants to hear, and then fills in the rest of any issue with her 19th Century worldview. Unless the 911 tape was tampered with, Mr. Zimmerman clearly demonstrated racial animus; a young man is dead specifically because of it. President Obama showed a depth of compassion by his few word comment than Ms Bachmann could utter in her lifetime.

  9. fortunately for thinking educated (liberals) we escaped the ICP mentality that has consumed the conservative right wing. They are trapped into a world of blocked hearing, and distorted vision. INNER COLON PERSPECTIVE. We liberal democrats offer some relief to them. ENEMA, COLONOSTOMY, with a longer lasting more permanent solution, a colostomy to allow external vision.

  10. Those two morons make a good duo. The rocks in Nasty Newt’s head fit the holes in Moron Michele’s head to a T. Only someone absymally ignorant, immersed in denial & self-deception about racism in this country, or looking to make political points with cheap shots could make such hateful and tone-deaf statements. These fools are guilty of all three.

  11. Ugh fucking ugh!!! This woman is so reprehensible, she has no shame, and no brain. This is the state of the right, just deny the facts no matter what. Pol Pot was defending himself, etc. I’m starting to want to be uninformed, so that I might save my sanity…

  12. I can’t wait for Marcus to be caught in a park restroom trying to pick up a cop… you sooooo know it’s gonna happen.

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