Bachmann calls Obama's 'phony scandals' remark 'insulting'

Author:
Updated:
Original:

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is back in the national spotlight after criticizing President Barack Obama over a remark he made Wednesday during a speech about the state of the economy, the Huffington Post reports.

Bachmann's remarks came after the House Ethics Committee's confirmation Friday that it was continuing to conduct an investigation into the Minnesota congresswoman's unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign.

In an interview with Fox News Friday, Bachmann called out the president for his reference to "phony scandals" during his economics speech Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

"With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball," Obama said. "And I am here to say this needs to stop. Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires."

In the her interview with Fox, Bachmann responding to Obama's remarks, saying, "It's dismissive. It is insulting. It is minimizing. It's not validating the concerns that people have."

See the president's full speech at Knox College and a transcript of the speech, via the New York Times, here.

Bachmann was one of the politicians who criticized the Obama administration in May after the IRS admitted that it unfairly targeted conservative groups. When the IRS scandal broke, Bachmann suggested that it undermined the 2012 presidential campaign.

At the time she also accused the Obama administration of "blatantly lying to the American people."

Also in her new interview with Fox, Bachmann slammed the Obama administration for not taking "personal responsibility."

"I think clearly what we've seen for the past five years now (with) this administration, they have a complete inability to take personal responsibility for their actions and their policy decision," Bachmann said.

Bachmann said in May that should would not be seeking a fourth term in office.

KSTP-TV reported that the ethics committee will announce its course of action in September and notes that an extension does not in itself indicate an ethics violation.

Meanwhile, WCCO reported, Bachmann has cooperated with the investigation thus far.

See Bachmann's interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren below.

Next Up

police tape

Authorities ID man fatally struck by 'errant bullet' in Willmar

The man was working in his garage when he was fatally shot.

ambulance

1 dead, 1 critically injured in head-on crash on Highway 169

The State Patrol says driving impaired may have been a factor in the crash.

Richard Pitino

Gophers game against Nebraska postponed due to COVID outbreak

The Cornhuskers have had 12 members of its team test positive for COVID-19.

Bob Kroll

What Minneapolis Police Lt. Bob Kroll said in Sunday radio interview

Kroll said that once he's retired he'll go "radio silent."

coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for Sunday, January 17

The health department provides updates daily at 11 a.m.

Sen. Julia Coleman

'No one's business': State senator calls out attack on her pregnancy

Sen. Julia Coleman represents Minnesota's District 47.

Willmar Police Department

'Errant bullet' goes through garage wall, kills Willmar man

The man was working in his garage when he was shot, witnesses said.

Screen Shot 2021-01-16 at 10.59.00 PM

Wild tie Kings with 2 seconds left, win in overtime

Another incredible finish for the Wild.

Screen Shot 2021-01-16 at 6.53.17 PM

Mike Lindell's MyPillow offering discounts using the code 'Qanon'

The Shakopee-based company is under the microscope because of the recent actions of its owner.

Surly Brewing

Facing aluminum can shortage, Surly unveils solution: 'Cantyhose'

The brewery came up with a creative way to repurpose unused cans.

Related