Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told voters in Florida Sunday that Hurricane Irene and the recent East Coast earthquake were just God’s way of telling politicians to reign in government spending.
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” Bachmann said during the speech in Sarasota.
“We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”
Awesome. Bachmann's camp now says this was a joke:
"Obviously she was saying it in jest," campaign spokesperson Alice Stewart told TPM in a statement.
So if you actually believe what she said, you should be pretty angry at her, and if you think she told that joke in poor taste, you should be pretty angry at her too. But what should really piss you off is that Bachmann's camp doesn't think there was anything wrong with suggesting that God killed 21 people with the express purpose that Michele Bachmann could make a political point on the campaign trail in Florida, and that if we don't listen to Michele Bachmann, it'll happen again.
Lovely woman, our Michele of the Praying For Natural Disasters So I Can Win.