Bachmann: 'We're looking at a spiritual hurricane'
August 26th, 2012
08:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann: 'We're looking at a spiritual hurricane'

(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann tied religion into comments about Florida's severe weather, saying Sunday at a prayer rally that there's "a spiritual hurricane in our land."

The Minnesota congresswoman and former GOP presidential contender made the remarks at the rally in Tampa ahead of the Republican National Convention, the first day of which was canceled due to weather conditions related to Tropical Storm Isaac.

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"At this moment in time we're quite literally looking at a hurricane here in Florida. We're looking at a political hurricane in this country. We are looking at a spiritual hurricane in our land. And it is time for each one of us to show up and suit up and stand up and realize that in this time and in this day we pour it out for Him," said Bachmann, a tea party activist, at the event organized by the Florida Family Policy Council.

Forecasters project Isaac will make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday somewhere along the Louisiana or Mississippi coast.

Bachmann's speech may jog political memories of comments she made last August, suggesting 2011's Hurricane Irene was an act of God.

"Washington, D.C., you'd think by now they'd get the message," Bachmann said at a town hall in Florida last August while campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination. "An earthquake, a hurricane, are you listening? The American people have done everything they possibly can, now it's time for an act of God and we're getting it."

Her campaign press secretary at the time, Alice Stewart, later said the congresswoman's remarks were a joke.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Michele Bachmann • Tea Party
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Slightly Left of Center

    There is something wrong with her. Something SERIOUSLY wrong with her.
    Oh, wait. That's old news. Never mind.....

    August 26, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Mother Nature

    It's about time Republicans acknowledge that a hurricane hitting their convention is God's way of telling them to start loving their neighbors.

    August 26, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. gt

    washington needs to be washed clean....

    August 26, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, this is something that you really want to do? I don't think that having government get involved with religion or religion involved in government is a really good idea. Look at Pakistan and their blasphem law. No government should be doing that. As for the huricane, I think it is a wake up call for those like Jim Inhofe who denies that we humans are changing the envrionment.

    August 26, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Mike Texoma

    I don't know that I would call it a hurricane – more like a tropical storm. It is true that you cannot win the presidency by repudiating science. Pro-business and anti-science cannot match. And yet the Republicans cannot win the presidency without the "religeous" neaderthals who do so. The contradiction is out on the table. The people who used to talk quietly about it are now shouting. If Bachman starts shouting at this convention, the show may soon be over.

    August 26, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. BKK

    So what does she have to say about a hurricane disrupting the GOP convention?
    It's a message when it's aimed at someone else but not when it's aimed at them?
    If it hits LA, is she going to claim that it's because they are 'bad people'?

    Seems pretty heartless and shallow to me.

    August 26, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Nuance

    Bachmann joking?....Oh I doubt that....The lady is unstable.

    August 26, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. David

    Bachmann, really? What a joke! What an embarrassment to America! How did this nut case ever get elected?

    August 26, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. gg

    Bachmann speaks of a spiritual hurricane in our land, however it appears that the hurricane is literally on the heels of her party.

    August 26, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. enuff

    Ummm....the hurricane isn't hitting Washington D.C., it is hitting Tampa and the republicans. It's a message to the RNC , the tea party, the Koch brothers, and the pledge signers. they could get hit over the head with a tree branch in the stiff breeze and still blame it on Obama.

    August 26, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. Oregon Bruce

    Can't you see that God is against the GOP and Romney

    OBAMA 2012

    August 26, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. kenneth

    Because god uses natural disasters to punish us when we are bad...
    Also to test us when we are good...
    So i guess god is always just hurting us with bad weather and earthquakes...to prove he loves us?

    No...he did that in that snuff film with Mel Gibson...

    August 26, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. Oregon Bruce

    3 days of Ryan Romney lies

    OBAMA 2012

    August 26, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  14. Sean74cnn

    She continues to be a nut job. If this is a spiritual hurricane then the obvious conclusion to draw is that God is unhappy with the GOP and Mitt Corporations-are-people Romney.

    Also love how her press-secretary is trying to do damage control by saying it was a joke. The joke is that Minnesota elected this lunatic.

    August 26, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  15. dm nash

    I tell ya, these Republicans and their "supposed" humor are kinda like Jay Leno jokes – they have to have their punchlines explained to point out they're jokes.....padumpa

    August 26, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. lakesideguy

    Yes Michelle we are getting it. You blame DC for acts of weather that are ruining the GOP campaign. Chic Fi A CFO dies just after making a public hate statements. Fires in Texas burned after executed a man. Yes we get it that the acts of weather are against GOP sins and that you are very bad people. And we get that you a lunatic that somehow you twist that into DC's fault. I said the GOP but get down and start praying for your bad deeds.

    August 26, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Oh Goodie - the female nutcase of the year speaks. Give us your honest views on legitimate rape. No peeking at notes.

    August 26, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. lakesideguy

    LOL! Yes Michelle the hurrican is coming at the time of the convention for the GOP and its holy rollers. Maybe its you who need to get the message that your hate and the GOP's hate is coming under scrutiny by the kord. I guess after the Louissiana floods during the Bush era wasn't a signal enough for you. I supoose we need him to give you wormhole to get sucked into and the rest of the GOP loonie toons before we finally get some peace in this country.

    August 26, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  19. Name

    Wish best weather for the RNC.

    August 27, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  20. Matthew Jones

    Wait, I thought God punished people with Hurricanes....

    August 27, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  21. Randy

    God is punishing the GOP for being on the wrong side of all the issues and dragging the country down with their ideolog and failure to look after the working people in this country.

    August 27, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  22. What the

    Why is she at the GOP convention? Is there a kitchen there?

    August 27, 2012 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  23. ohio gal

    this woman is scary crazy!

    August 27, 2012 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  24. ninjanurse

    She seems to have a short memory. August 29 is the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. We have physical hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and unfinished business in New Orleans where the most vulnerable were abandoned by state and federal authorities. How about some repentance for that and a resolution to not fail our citizens the next time?

    August 27, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  25. cisco4

    Get yoruself to the Emergency Room Fraulein Bachmann...you need health care..for you and your family ...girl......Its free..and the USA government pays the bill...Tell em you don't ahve health insurance....

    August 27, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
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