Tea Party darling, Minnesota Republican Representative, and my "favorite" pray-away-the-gay clinic owner Michele Bachmann is still smarting over Jan Brewer's veto last month of an anti-LGBT "right to discriminate" bill.
The night of Brewer's veto, Bachmann went on CNN's Situation Room and told host Wolf Blitzer that she supports these kinds of measures, which seek to absolve anti-LGBT Christians from their obligation to serve all members of the public and play by the same rules as everyone else in the public marketplace. She further suggested that it would be "intolerant" not to create special protections for anti-LGBT bigotry.
Bachmann was at it again last weekend at CPAC. The congresswoman, who literally built her career on demonizing and scapegoating LGBT people and fighting against equality, told talk show host Lars Larson that gays are "bullying" people into accepting their "agenda." She further claimed that the Arizona bill had nothing to do with LGBT rights, even though the bill's sponsor made perfectly clear that the measure's intended target was the LGBT community.
Right Wing Watch reports:
"There's nothing about gays in there, but the gay community decided to make this their measure," Bachmann said. "And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don't."
She added that gay people and "activist judges" are trying to take away her freedom: "If you want to take away my religious liberties, you can advocate for that but you do it through the constitutional process and you don't intimidate and no politician should give away my religious liberties or yours."
This is what a privilege tantrum looks like, folks. In Michele Bachmann's world, the fact that people like her can no longer persecute the LGBT community means her "religious liberties" are somehow being threatened. The woman who, as a state senator, introduced Minnesota's first marriage discrimination amendment -- which would have quite literally taken freedoms away from gay and lesbian couples -- now complains that her own freedom (to bully others because Jesus, presumably) is at risk.
Rrrrrright. Crocodile tears for you, ma'am!
Audio of Bachmann's comments is after the jump, via Right Wing Watch.