In what ThinkProgress has dubbed "Two Minutes of Crazy," Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann managed to lie about immigrants, create a children's story, and recall her childhood incorrectly while speaking to a group of supporters last night in Iowa.
Whether she actually believes all of this nonsense or is deliberately misleading voters is anyone's guess. Personally, I would lean toward her actually believing it.
– “Under Obamacare illegal aliens don’t have to pay for Obamacare. Only American citizens pay for Obamacare. [...] Illegal aliens have the possibility of getting the care, but they have no requirement to pay for the care. Only the citizens do.”
– “One man stood up, he was over 7-feet tall. He was a physician in the community. And he said, ‘I had a little lady in my office and because of Obamacare, I had to call the IRS and I had to get a number to put on a form before I could see her.’”
– “When I was a little girl…There were people who could not pay [for health care]. I mean they just did not have any money at all. And so the doctor would just write it off. [...] It’s very different today. Now, doctors don’t feel like they can do that…they worry about liability.”
Judging by Bachmann's "tall tale" of the 7-foot doctor who was forced to contact the IRS before he could treat a "little lady," you would think Bachmann was speaking to a kindergarten class, but sadly she was not.
Did Bachmann miss her true calling?
In a throwback to Congressman Joe Wilson's "You lie!" moment, Bachmann once again trotted out the idea that illegal immigrants will receive "Obamacare" for free. And despite that being completely debunked and incorrect, I have no doubt that she really believes that. I have no doubt she believes all of it.
Here's to hoping the next video of her is that of straitjackets escorting her off the stage of the GOP debate tonight.
Adding... no one inform Bachmann that unions covered most people's healthcare when she was a child. She just might jump.