Donald Trump secured the Republican Party's presidential nomination after a long, crowded primary/caucus process. But former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says it was meant to be – and happened with a little help from the man/woman upstairs.
Bachmann was interviewed at her home here in Minnesota last Friday by "The Brody File," which is part of Christian Broadcasting Network News. She's been out of elected public office since leaving in January of 2015, following a run for president. But she's still involved in politics – in June, she was named to Trump's evangelical advisory group.
Here are some snippets from the interview (which was split up into multiple URLs – links are in each section).
Bachmann says she initially supported Ted Cruz, who she called "fabulous." But, she continued, "at the end of the day God raised up, I believe, Donald Trump who was going to be the nominee in this election. I don't think God sits things out."
And she's now behind Trump full-force, saying: "And so that's why my prayers and my actions and my work on a daily basis is to make sure that Donald Trump becomes President Trump the first Tuesday of November this 2016."
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What does she like about Trump? He's not overly religious, but he doesn't pretend to be, Bachmann said. He grew up "churched" and around religious people.
Also: "He has 1950s sensibilities," she said. "By that I mean, he really does believe in a strong America because he grew up being proud of the United States, a ‘John Wayne America’ where today a lot of kids are taught unfortunately that the United States is an evil country and that somehow we’ve hurt the rest of the world. That’s one of the biggest lies young people are being told. We have been a force for good."
Bachmann is not super enthusiastic about the direction of the country if Hillary Clinton is elected president.
Support in Minnesota
According to FiveThirtyEight, the most recent polls in Minnesota show Clinton with an 8-9 point lead over Trump.
The state has voted in favor of the Democratic presidential candidate for the past 10 elections, and when voters got a chance to weigh in during the caucuses this spring, Trump finished third.
Minnesota was one of only three states in the country in which Trump did not finish first or second in the Republican primaries or caucuses (the others being Utah and Wyoming).
Trump visited Minnesota for the first time during the campaign earlier this month, and was met by groups of protesters who pushed, yelled at, and in one case even robbed Trump supporters. The state's DFL Party called their behavior out of line.
More on voting
The election is Nov. 8. Find resources and more political coverage at our sister site, GoVoteMN.com. You can also watch this video that'll explain how to register to vote. Early and absentee voting (meaning you vote by mail) starts Sept. 23.
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