I touched on this very briefly in my post about conservative conspiracy theories, including the hilarious Rush Limbaugh theory about The Dark Knight Rises. At the end I talked about how one of these conspiracy theories has ended up actually making the jobs of our State Department officials harder, because some people in Egypt now believe that the US government is secretly helping the Muslim Brotherhood.
Michele Bachmann is one of the conservatives spreading rumor and innuendo about Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton and a Muslim-American. Don’t take my word for it; here is her former campaign manager, Ed Rollins, writing on Fox News:
I have been a practitioner of tough politics for many decades. There is little that amazes me and even less that shocks me. I have to say that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s outrageous and false charges against a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin reaches that threshold.
Her unsubstantiated charge against Abedin, a widely respected top aide to Secretary Hillary Clinton, accusing her of some sort of far-fetched connection to the Muslim brotherhood, is extreme and dishonest.
As a member of Congress, with a seat on the House Intelligence Committee, Mrs. Bachmann you know better. Shame on you, Michele! You should stand on the floor of the House and apologize to Huma Abedin and to Secretary Clinton and to the millions of hard working,loyal, Muslim Americans for your wild and unsubstantiated charges. As a devoted Christian, you need to ask forgiveness for this grievous lack of judgment and reckless behavior.
Rollins isn’t the only one defending Abedin. Some Arizona Senator named John McCain took to the floor of the Senate to say this:
“These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way,” he said. “These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now.”
Here’s the video from C-SPAN:
You have to give credit to John McCain here, and Ed Rollins too. Standing up to extremists in your own party takes courage.