Former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R) compared President Obama to Andreas Lubitz, the deranged German co-pilot who crashed Germanwings Flight 9525, on her Facebook page Tuesday. Bachmann posted:
With his Iran deal, Barack Obama is for the 300 million souls of the United States what Andreas Lubitz was for the 150 souls on the German Wings flight – a deranged pilot flying his entire nation into the rocks. After the fact, among the smoldering remains of American cities, the shocked survivors will ask, why did he do it?
The ex-Congresswoman has a long history of fear-mongering about Iran being a dire and imminent threat to the United States and to other nations. As a freshman member of Congress, Bachmann concocted wild fantasies about Iran’s sinister intentions and relayed them as true stories. In 2006, Bachmann stated:
Iran is the trouble maker, trying to tip over apple carts all over Baghdad right now because they want America to pull out. And do you know why? It’s because they’ve already decided that they’re going to partition Iraq.
And half of Iraq, the western, northern portion of Iraq, is going to be called the Iraq State of Islam, something like that. And I’m sorry, I don’t have the official name, but it’s meant to be the training ground for the terrorists. There’s already an agreement made.
They are going to get half of Iraq and that is going to be a terrorist safe haven zone where they can go ahead and bring about more terrorist attacks in the Middle East region and then to come against the United States because we are their avowed enemy.
Her bizarre scenario was completely fabricated, but that didn’t stop the Congresswoman from spreading her lies to gin up fear about the Iranian threat. In 2014, at the White House Christmas Party, Bachmann told the President he needed to bomb Iran. She warned that if he didn’t, Iran would acquire nuclear weapons on Obama’s watch, and change the course of world history.
Fortunately, the right-wing Congresswoman retired from her House seat and did not seek re-election in 2014. Unfortunately, she still has a large following on social media, so her delusional comments still carry sway with folks on the far right end of the American political spectrum.
Bachmann’s incessant fear-mongering about Iran is disturbing enough. Her offensive comparison between Obama and a demented airline pilot who intentionally crashed a plane and killed 149 innocent people is beyond the pale. President Obama bears no similarity to the disturbed co-pilot. Furthermore, given her own flirtations with the frayed ends of sanity, Michele Bachmann is in no position to judge which elected officials she considers deranged.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.