Michele Bachmann says Americans “aren’t ready” for a female president

The Minnesota congresswoman also claims President Obama was elected because of "guilt"

Topics: Michele Bachmann, Hillary Clinton, Cal Thomas, Rachel Maddow, The Huffington Post, Rep. Bachmann, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obamacare, Sexism, Election 2016, Misogyny, Barack Obama, white guilt, ,

It’s been a while since Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said anything truly outrageous, and that’s a shame because 2014 is going to be her last year as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (unless we can convince her otherwise!), which means our time with her is in all likelihood running out.

What a relief, then, to find that Bachmann’s still got it. During an interview last week with the conservative pundit Cal Thomas — the guy who once said at CPAC that Rachel Maddow was a good argument for contraception — the 2012 GOP presidential candidate said that Americans “aren’t ready” for a woman president.

Her reasoning was admirably simple: Unlike President Barack Obama, who twice benefited from the “cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt,” a woman president would have no such advantage because “People don’t hold guilt for a woman.”

There simply is no “pent-up desire” for a female commander-in-chief, Bachmann went on to say, perhaps mistaking her complete failure to win her party’s nomination as a reflection of the whole of the American electorate’s views.

Despite not believing America was interested in or “ready” for a woman president, though, Bachmann still had advice for her fellow Republicans in the event that they come up against a Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy.



“Two things that need to be done,” Bachmann counseled. “Remind people [Clinton] is seeking to become commander-in-chief [and] how she has operated in the past with these types of responsibilities. She was in charge during the Benghazi debacle. If a person reads the Senate Intelligence [Committee] report and the House Foreign Affairs [Committee] report released [last] week, it is damning for Hillary Clinton.”

The other thing that needed to be done? Remind folks that Hillary Clinton is  “the godmother of Obamacare,” which is why it’s called Hillarycare Obamacare.

So there you have it, straight from Bachmann: America isn’t ready for a woman to be president, isn’t interested in it, anyhow; but the Republicans will have to mount a concerted scare-campaign against Hillary Clinton in the event that she decides to run.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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