Former presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann claimed the Muslim Brotherhood was behind 9/11 during a speech she gave in Cairo praising the Egyptian military coup.
The Minnesota congresswoman lauded the government of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and called Brotherhood the "evil party."
"I want to assure the people of Egypt that I, as a member of Congress, will stand strong in support of continuing military support," she said. "We know that you have been a partner in the war on terrorism. You’ve acted bravely here on the front lines."
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Bachmann — who described herself as "a member of the United States Congress from the United States of America" — was joined in Cairo by two other conservative Republican congressmen, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Steve King or Iowa.
She said she would fight for American support for the military government in Cairo.
"Many of you have asked 'Do we understand who the enemy is?' We can speak for ourselves, We do. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for the people in Egypt.
And she blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for 9/11 during her address to the Egyptian people.
"We stand against this great evil, we are not for them," Bachmann continued. "We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who killed 3,000 brave Americans, we have not forgotten. We know that you have dealt with that enemy as well, so we are here as partners."
Gohmert drew similarities between Sisi, and George Washington. The "bloodthirsty Muslim Brothers" want to "destabilize things" and seek "that large caliphate," he said.
Their appearance was decried in the mainstream media. "Just as jarring as the trio’s apparent endorsement of the coup and crackdowns that killed hundreds is their apparent optimism about what this means for the country’s future," wrote The Washington Post's Max Fisher
Samer Shehata, a political scientist at the University of Oklahoma who studies Egypt and the Brotherhood, told The New York Times
that the congressmen's comments were "utterly absurd," comparing their joint appearance to "a 'Saturday Night Live' skit — unbelievable, ludicrous, almost comic if it wasn’t so painful."
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