Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is either trying to re-write American history on slavery or she’s extremely ignorant on the topic. Speaking in front of an audience of Iowans for Tax Relief (ITR) Bachmann said, “the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States….Men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.” She then went on to cite the sixth president, John Quincy Adams, as one of the founding fathers. Actually he wasn’t. He was the son of John Adams, the second president and one of the founding fathers.
It was established in the Constitution, that Bachmann pretends to know so much about, that a slave counted only as three fifths of a human being. Even though Thomas Jefferson did write “all men were created equal” it’s known that he owned slaves, and most likely fathered several of the children from one of his slaves. Slavery didn’t end until after the Civil War, and the passage of the 13th Amendent in 1865, well after the deaths of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and all of our other founding fathers. In fact, John Quincy Adams had also been dead, for decades, by then.
How do these people get elected?
Here’ what Anderson Cooper had to say about her comment (includes a video of Bachmann making the comment and more).