Bachmann 'Horrified' That Right Blamed for Arizona Shootings

Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011 09:41 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says she was appalled when she heard that some leftist media personalities immediately laid the blame on the Arizona shootings on the right — and was shocked that the tragedy was politicized, particularly as she considers the wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords a close friend.

Michele Bachmann, Giffords, Arizona, shootings
Rep. Michele Bachmann
“I was horrified because they were politicizing a tragedy that had happened to my friend and I was almost rendered speechless,” Bachmann said Monday on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News. “I didn’t go on TV for a long time after that because I was appalled that the media would completely abandon the truth in the situation.

“Anyone watching this within two minutes knew that this was a deranged lunatic and to use names of people in the media that people had a political grudge against just struck me as not only unhelpful, but just wrong,” she said..

Bachmann described the Democratic Arizona Congresswoman Giffords as a close and “lovely friend,” adding, “I was crying. My tears were flowing,” and she couldn’t understand why proper respect was not given to the dead and wounded.

“Gabrielle deserved a sacred interval of time. The [left-wing] media seemed that they could care less,” she said. “They wanted to pin your name, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin on the tragedy. They could care less about the truth. I didn’t want to get into the middle of this.”

Bachmann, who chairs the House Tea Party Caucus, will deliver the first tea party response on Tuesday to a State of the Union message after President Barack Obama addresses the nation and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin gives the official GOP response. She said she will speak on issues critical to her followers.

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