Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann was given a failing grade in American history by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on his show Monday, as Cooper referred to several false statements Bachmann made about the history of slaver and discrimination in the U.S.
Cooper called the comments Michele Bachmann made at a Tea Party event in Iowa, “startling.” He then proceeded to play video footage of Bachmann talking about people migrating to America throughout the course of history, saying, “it didn’t matter the color of their skin…their language…their economic status…once you got here, we were all the same.”
“As good as that sounds, that’s simply not true,” Cooper said. “Irish immigrants didn’t feel the same walking past storefronts with signs reading ‘No Irish need not apply.’ Japanese Americans didn’t feel the same when they were placed in internment camps during World War II. And, of course, enslaved Africans certainly didn’t feel the same when they were brought here against their will.”
He then aired another soundbite of Michele Bachmann saying that the Founding Fathers “worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”
Again Cooper pointed out that many of the founders owned slaves themselves.
Cooper stated that he was focusing on Michele Bachmann’s remarks because “we believe facts matter, particularly where our history is concerned.”
He says that Michele Bachmann has not yet responded to requests for an interview or statement.
Bachmann plans to deliver a response to tonight’s 2011 State of the Union address on behalf of the Tea Party movement.
You can check out Cooper’s comments in the video below.
- Keeping Them Honest: Anderson Cooper Ridicules Bachmann For “Flunking History” (mediaite.com)
- Liars Like Michele Bachmann Makes Anderson Cooper Feel So Unsexy (queerty.com)
- Alvin McEwen: Michele Bachmann Flunks Basic Knowledge of Constitutional History (huffingtonpost.com)
- Michele Bachmann Erroneously Gives Our Founders Credit For Ending Slavery (alan.com)