Selective Hearing and Projection

I’ve never taken Michele Bachman seriously. She is in the same category as Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ted Cruz, Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Josh Hawley, Rand Paul, Lauren Boebert, and especially Donald Trump. I could say the entire Republican party, but thankfully that’s not true. It’s the few weird ones with warped minds and big mouths that have made the entire GOP strange and giving them a bad name. Just enough buy into the conspiracy theories that make the rest of the party look bad. 

Until Trump came on the scene, I had many friends who voted Republican, and while we didn’t always agree on policy, I felt we all were looking for the same kind of goals in life. That changed with Trump. I saw friends I had known for years, for decades, suddenly called for the end of the rights of people of color, LGBTQ, Muslims, and all non-Christians. They pushed the idea that all people must convert to conservative Christianity, marry young, have lots of babies and no abortions, and carry guns, and not worry if family members were put at risk at schools, malls, theaters, and even churches from gun violence. They pushed the idea that sex was bad while many of them engaged in the kind of sex they thought was terrible… pre-marital, extramarital, abusive, underage. These were ideas I had never heard from them before. I tried to ignore it all and then just to overlook it. In the end, I couldn’t, and the friendships ended.

So these comments by Michele Bachmann shouldn’t surprise me, but they do make me sad. 

Clearly, it’s all about selective hearing (she didn’t listen to Donald Trump, did she? Or she only heard what she wanted to hear.) And she practices what Trump constantly does; projects what he is doing on others who are doing just the opposite. He takes credit for what others do and places blame for his actions on others.

“Televangelist Kenneth Copeland’s The Victory Channel aired a special edition of its “Victory News” program Wednesday night to coincide with President Joe Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress.

Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann was among the commentators who appeared on the program, and she was predictably unimpressed by Biden’s speech.

“This is a fake State of the Union speech,” Bachmann said before Biden delivered his remarks. “What we’re watching is a coup. It’s my opinion that the election was irregular, we didn’t have a true election result. We had a fake election. We’ve had a fake presidency. This is a fake State of the Union address.”

“With all due respect, it was the invasion of the zombie apocalypse, as far as I’m concerned,” Bachmann declared after Biden had completed his speech. “It was probably one of the most sad, depressing speeches I’ve ever heard.”

“Quite honestly, the word that I have for his speech: It’s cruel,” she added. “What he’s intending for the American people, the result is cruel. … I think one of the most cruel aspects of what he’s proposing is snatching 3-and-4-year-olds out of their parents’ arms, putting them in government-run preschools [where] they’ll be learning critical race theory. I’ve observed this curriculum. I’ve seen this curriculum that they’re planning to use with little 3-and-4-year-olds. It is the LGBTQ curriculum. It is the critical race theory. Our little children will be indoctrinated before they even get to kindergarten.””

This last part didn’t surprise me since so many conservative Christians buy into the QAnon ideas that all Democrats are baby-eating, child-snatching, blood-thirsty Satanists, and all people of color are cold-blooded (literally) children of Satan. They do seem preoccupated with the devil. And, of course, they are obsessed with the idea that anything they disagree with is “fake.”

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