Michele Bachmann Promises to “Mimic the Spirit” of Serial Killer at Presidential Campaign Kick-off

Let me preface this by saying that Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is my prediction for the 2012 GOP Presidential nominee.

That said, she’s a big fan of Waterloo, Iowa’s own John Wayne (Gacy!!!):

Rep. Michele Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign on Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, and in one interview surrounding the official event she promised to mimic the spirit of Waterloo’s own John Wayne.

The only problem, as one eagle-eyed reader notes: Waterloo’s John Wayne was not the beloved movie star, but rather John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer.

Mrs. Bachmann grew up in Waterloo, and used the town as the backdrop for her campaign announcement, where she told Fox News: “Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.” (Someone has already posted the clip to YouTube under the name BachmannLovesGacy)

So, um, who wants to vote for the Presidential candidate with the serial killer platform?!

Seriously, though, between this and the “Lexington & Concord are in New Hampshire” incident and who can count how many other ridiculous comments and factually-inaccurate statements, how much longer before people who aren’t already-strong Bachmann supporters or hardcore teabaggers write her off as – I’ll put it politely – academically challenged?

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    Gacy was born in Chicago, Illinois and only lived in Waterloo where his wife’s family owned a KFC for a few years until he was sent to prison.

    BTW:

    He then moved to Chicago where he began his life anew as a building constructor. Gacy became popular with his new neighbors and colleagues. He would throw theme parties and often dress up as ‘Pogo the Clown’ for children’s parties and charity shows. Gacy was also involved with the Democratic party and even had his picture taken with then First Lady Rosalynn Carter (wife of former President Jimmy Carter).

    and this

    http://www.johnwayne.com/

    Marion Morrison (John Wayne) was born in Winterset, Iowa.

    At worst, Bachmann was playing off the Duke’s Iowa small-town roots.

    The purpose of this post is what, exactly? To show your outstanding Google skills?

  • geo999

    …when she visits the other fifty seven states.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    UPDATE:

    The Bachmann campaign sent this explanation: “John Wayne is from Iowa, his parents lived in Waterloo.”

    And indeed his parents did in fact live briefly in Waterloo – in fact, according to “Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne,” it’s where they met. But soon after their marriage they moved to Winterset, where Wayne was born.

    It’s also worth noting that Mrs. Bachmann herself is no stranger to the actor. In the run-up to her campaign announcement she gave an interview to NewsMax.com in which she talked about him as a symbol of a good time in the country’s history.

    “We’re seeing the nation move into decline. I’m not willing to do that. I’m not satisfied. I grew up with John Wayne’s America. I was proud that you grew up in John Wayne’s America: Proud to be an American, thrilled to be a patriot,” she said.

    From the Washington Times….

    At least she doesn’t think there are 57 states like Obama does.  

  • Conan just mentioned how Bachmann coughed up this mistake, the punchline being (nearly verbatim): “Bachmann also mentioned that her favorite sitcom from the 80’s was Charles Manson in Charge.”  Decent joke.

  • edfactor

    I am a staunch Republican and I regularly criticize Michele Bachmann for being a moron. Her idiocy is well-documented, as every fact-checking organization seems to have an entire page documenting dumb and incorrect things she says.

    Yes, now that she is running for president (what a joke!) she is finally being interviewed by people who aren’t part of the right-wing media machine, and her interviewers are using her own wacky statements to club her like a defenseless seal.

    So… now what? Anyone can run for president and no one controls her, so, other than calling her out, what exactly are smart Republicans supposed to do about her? (Maybe convince debate organizers not to invite her? OK.)

    I guess the moral of the story is this: those who become celebrities entirely inside of a fact-free hyperpartisan bubble don’t do so well when they come out, eh? (Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich are seeing the same thing to a lesser degree.)

  • Bachmann has shown a weakness for fact checking and history. Our President has shown as lack of memory of the events of his Presidency. Just recently, he gave a speech where he fondly remembers giving a medal of honor to a very much alive Jared Monti. Unfortunately, SFC Monti did not survive the attack, which occurred while he heroically and repeatedly tried rescue a fellow soldier.

    “I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously,” Obama said to the troops.

    Monti died at age 30 from an enemy rocket propelled grenade in Afghanistan on June 21, 2006, in an attempt to save a fellow soldier’s life. The Monti family received the Medal of Honor on Jared’s behalf from Obama at the White House in 2009.

    Does this mean he hates the military? Maybe it means he has early onset alzheimer’s? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s just a gaffe.

    Do I support Bachmann’s candidacy? No. However, my choices are made on a candidate’s stances on the issues and their experience. I would assume your choice must also be based upon issues and not whether a candidate makes a gaffe about how many states there are, how to spell Libya or what the current year is. However, given your numerous posts about gaffes, I’m assuming your vote may just go the way of the GOP Nominee if say Romney, Pawlenty or whomever can stay more gaffe free than our President.