Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) lived up to her reputation as one of the fiercest critics of the Obama administration over the weekend, refusing to back down from two controversial claims.
During an interview with BBC News, Bachmann, who is well-acquainted with controversy, chose to defend her 2008 statement that Barack Obama was “anti-American,” a comment that has long provided the ceiling to her catalog of contentious rhetoric.
Here’s the transcript, courtesy of ThinkProgress:
MAITLIS: You’ve suggested that President Obama is anti-American. Do you really believe that?
BACHMANN: I’ve been very concerned about the policies that have come out of the White House and I share that agreement with people who voted at the ballot box on the first Tuesday in November, they’re rejecting the federal government foray into buying and owning an equity share [...]
MAITLIS: But that’s a different thing, do you think he’s anti-American, do you think that the president of America is anti-American?
BACHMANN: The policies that are anti-free enterprise are ones that are not familiar to the people of the United States. And that’s why we saw such a strong reaction to the ballot box. In fact, the government takeover of health care is a great example, that’s not what was done here historically in the United States, and the people don’t want to see the federal government to control and dictate our health care.