U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., addresses the crowd during a welcome home event in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa Sunday, June 26, 2011. Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said Sunday her bid to unseat President Barack Obama shouldn't be viewed as "anything personal" against the Democrat — he's "just wrong" on his policies for America. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (AP)

Bachmann forgives Chris Wallace

The Tea Party darling accepts the Fox host's apology and makes yet another claim to seriousness on Hannity


Natasha Lennard
June 28, 2011 3:29PM (UTC)

Just when it seemed like Minnesota Republican and presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann would never get over the insult of Chris Wallace asking if she is a "flake," she got over it. Appearing on Hannity Monday night, Bachmann said that she received an apology call from Wallace: "He did apologize, and I was happy to accept his apology, and we will move on."

Bachmann then, once again, insisted that she is a "serious" person and candidate.

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The congresswoman's move is probably a smart one. Holding a grudge against a TV host who questions your seriousness seems a little misplaced on the same day you accidentally praise a serial killer clown who killed 33 people, when you meant to refer to a celebrated actor.

Hannity did not join in the John Wayne/ John Wayne Gacy gaff fun. "John Wayne was born in Iowa," he said in Bachmann's defense, criticizing the press for jumping on her slip up -- which was not very fun of him at all.

Watch the video of Bachmann of Hannity here, which recaps the whole spat (via Mediaite):


Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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