Former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is advising Donald Trump on foreign policy, according to recent reports from the former presidential candidate herself. This looks like a move straight out of left field since Bachmann has had a low profile for the last few years and little international experience. But Bachmann is perfect for Trump – he’s stolen most of her ideas.
Bachmann is best remembered for peddling Obamacare ‘death panels’ but she was also a vocal critic of immigration and Muslims. Her claims that immigration was out of control and the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the US government presaged the Trump campaign. She also linked immigration to another of Trump’s pet issues – election rigging.
Speaking out against a proposed amnesty for undocumented migrants in 2013, Bachmann said the plan would destroy the Republican Party and that it was all part of a Democratic plot to seize power. “I think the master plan of the ruling class that runs Washington, D.C., is to ram this [amnesty]bill through before the American people know what has hit them and before members of Congress even know what has hit them,” Bachmann said.
“This is President Obama’s number one political agenda item because he knows we will never again have a Republican president, ever, if amnesty goes into effect. We will perpetually have a progressive, liberal president, probably a Democrat, and we will probably see the House of Representatives go into Democrat hands and the Senate will stay in Democrat hands.”
It almost looks like Trump lifted his anti-immigrant rhetoric directly from Bachmann. “It’s going to lower wages, lower benefits, bankrupt the United States and take away job opportunities for our kids,” she said in a language that would now be described as ‘Trumpian’. Trump also echoes Bachmann’s alarmist rhetoric: “I hate to tell people once again you’ve got to rise up, but this is the most important bill we are going to deal with in the next two years, and so, if people are going to weigh in at all, now’s the time. The Republic is at stake.”