By Staff Reports
Former 6th District congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann addressed local conservatives on July 19 as the keynote speaker at the annual Carver County Conservative PAC hog roast at the Waconia American Legion.
Bachmann, who has stayed mainly out of the national press since her failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, and told those in attendance that she sits on a presidential advisory board focused on faith-based issues.
Bachmann made religion a focal point of her address – emphasizing her support for the president’s move to halt immigration from a handful of mostly-Muslim countries.
“The No. 1 thing that voters in America stand with Donald Trump on, it’s the idea that they want the pause button hit on immigration from Islamic countries because of the problems that are coming into this country,” Bachmann said.
Bachmann said that not everyone who comes to the U.S. as an immigrant or refugee has the nation and its people’s best interest at heart.
“(America) should step up deportation of people who are unwilling to bear allegiance to the United States,” she said.
Bachmann also told those gathered that a focus on what she termed as “political correctness” had put Minnesota in bind when dealing with changing demographics – and pointed at the creation of statewide hotline created in Minneapolis with the goal of allowing citizens to report hate crimes as evidence.
“That’s what I see in Minnesota – too many people afraid of being called ‘racist,’ ‘bigot,’ Islamophobe. I’m not afraid of it, because what we have to do is talk about the truth of the problems that are going on in Minnesota” Bachmann said. “If we succumb and give up the freedom of speech in Minnesota, I’m telling you, it’s game over.”
The evening also featured five GOP candidates for governor – Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, Rep. Mat Dean, Phillip Parrish, Christopher Chamberlin and Jeffrey Wharton. Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman was invited, but was unable to attend due to a family emergency.
For the field of Republicans vying for the state’s top spot, Bachmann had a few words of advice – “be bold,” like Trump.
“It was a different Minnesota than when I moved her in 1966,” Bachmann said. “Therefore, we need a very different GOP gubernatorial candidate.”