President Barack Obama should bare some of the blame for the recent terrorist attack in Brussels, suggests former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in a column published by Conservative Review.
Here's my article on the recent attacks in Brussels. https://t.co/qmPzfhlu0a
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) March 23, 2016
Bachmann opined that Obama has repeatedly downplayed the threat of ISIS, who took credit for the terrorist attack.
BBC News reports that the attack caused 31 casualties and injured more than 200 others.
“[I]n his State of the Union address, Obama minimized ISIS threats by instructing Congress not to worry: ISIS is just a bunch of guys who ride around in Toyota pickup trucks.”
She added, “Perhaps [Obama] shouldn’t have skipped 60 percent of his national security briefings?”
Invoking God Against Obama?
But then, Bachmann suggested that the reason for the attack was for God to demonstrate the “foolishness” of Obama’s policies.
“Or maybe our president’s humiliation comes in a manner so devastating it makes one wonder whether the Creator of humankind isn’t reminding this world of the inferiority of foolishness in the face of wisdom.”
Bachmann then went on to accuse Obama of “cleverly turning the international press corps toward his brilliant work in Cuba, instead of covering ongoing Islamic attacks against the Jewish state.”
She went on to cite President Obama’s alleged neglect of the world’s dangers.
“It’s worth noting, our president will spend his day today playing as he has so many times before in the face of tragedy. He will reward himself and his entourage of 40 members of Congress by attending a baseball game under the balmy Cuban sun amidst swaying palm trees.
“Meanwhile, first responders in Brussels must bear the burden of cleaning up the consequences of the ill-fated decisions of Angela Merkel, Barack Obama and other ideological merchants…”
Social media responded to her attack on Obama.
Michelle Bachmann had the audacity to write that God sent the #BrusslesAttacks to punish Obama. When will she and her idiot husband go away
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) March 23, 2016
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) March 23, 2016
Wow, just wow. https://t.co/PTIIIh4JEF
— Conservative 50 (@Conservative_50) March 24, 2016
Mediate responded to Bachmann’s attack on Obama as well.
“If this truly is a clash of civilizations, as Bachmann believes, then telling the world that God sent terrorists to make Obama look bad is not great PR for Christianity.”
Room for Legitimate Criticism of Obama’s Handling of Brussels
Others have criticized Obama’s alleged mishandling of the Brussels terrorist attack, especially his remaining at a baseball game in Cuba when the news broke, including former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.
— The Weekly Standard (@weeklystandard) March 22, 2016
Presidential candidate John Kasich also criticized Obama’s decision.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) March 22, 2016
The Hill reports that Obama defended his decision to stay at the baseball game.
“You want to be respectful and understand the gravity of the situation. But the whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people’s ordinary lives.”
Thus far, Bachmann is the only pundit to have invoked God in criticizing Obama’s handling of the Brussels terrorist attack.
Background on Michele Bachmann
Bachmann was elected to a Congressional seat in Minnesota in 2006, a seat she held until her retirement in 2015. While there, she was a fierce critic of President Obama and his policies.
She and her husband, Marcus, saw 23 foster children pass through their home over the years.
She ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 to challenge the incumbent Obama. While she initially did well in the polls, her support declined in late 2011. Bachmann eventually dropped out of the race after garnering just 5 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses in January 2012.
Obama eventually defeated Mitt Romney and was re-elected.
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