Glenn Beck blames federal investigation into Bachmann on Minnesota's Somali population [VIDEO]

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Beck's knowledge of Minnesota leaves a thing or twenty to be desired, to put it charitably.
Glenn Beck took a page out of Michele Bachmann's playbook while coming to the beleaguered congresswoman's defense this week. He blamed the ethical mess she finds herself in on those damn Muslims -- in particular, Minnesota's Somali population.

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But Beck's analysis of Bachmann's plight seems to rest on a misunderstanding of Minnesota's demographics. He repeatedly claimed that the State Department settles Somali immigrants "in one of her districts." But Bachmann, of course, represents the exurbs around St. Cloud, not any part of the metro core. So we're not really sure what Beck was talking about, but then again, since when have facts mattered for him anyway? (Though in fairness, a colleague points out that St. Cloud does have a significant Somali population, so if one wants to be charitable they could interpret Beck as referring to that.)

Here's a transcript of Beck's remarks about Bachmann, followed by the raw audio and video:
We have been sold to radical Islam, it [has] infiltrated and we have documented it since George Bush was in office. It's not just this guy, it was the last guy too, and we knew it. The minute we saw George Bush standing in a mosque saying, 'You know what guys, Islam is a religion of peace,' we knew something was wrong.

You see what they're doing to Michele Bachmann? Michele Bachmann is under all kinds of ethics investigations now. Why do you suppose that is? She's evil? [sarcastically] Yeah, mmhmm. She is uber-clear on what's going on. Uber clear. She's in Minnesota. First of all, you have the nightmare of progressivism that runs rampant in Minnesota. But what else do you have in Minnesota?

Do you know one of her districts is being settled by the State Department? Do you know the State Department just takes Somalis and just says, 'Oh by the way all you guys from Somalia, ah, you're going to go over here and we're just going to develop a community for you here.' In her district. And the State Department is just pushing them all into Minnesota. So she has asked the questions, Why? Why is my district -- how did that even happen?

Why was my district selected for this? [Beck's sidekick asks, "Has she gotten any answers?"] No, she hasn't gotten any answers and now she's under investigation.


Or it could just be that an embittered former staffer (a staunch Republican, no less) decided to whistleblow to the Federal Elections Commission about the Bachmann campaign's alleged shady financial dealings. We're happy to let Occam's razor decide between our hypothesis and Beck's.

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LOVE
LOVE

The State Department does not settle refugees. Non Profit Organizations do. One of them is Called Lutheran Social Services.

LOVE
LOVE

The State Department does not settle refugees. Non Profit Organizations do. One of them is Called Lutheran Social Services.

sccuca
sccuca

I do not like either Bachmann or  Beck but your description of Bachmanns district is distorted.Her district is a huge swath across the northern burbs from west to east.as you can see it contains some of the  first ring burbs..(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota%27s_6th_congressional_district). I know personally that there are a lot of Somalis in  Blaine  and Andover ,I don't know of the rest.So please don't distort  your opinion with falseness.You will end up looking like Beck, Coulter, Palin and Oh Fox News.The very lairs you are trying to disprove.

publican03
publican03

Every time I think GB I is starting to get serious about some secret Gov conspiracy it leads into an Ad. 

publican03
publican03

Every time I think GB I is starting to get serious about some secret Gov conspiracy it leads into an Ad. 

Eric Foss
Eric Foss

didn't know glenn beck was even still alive

Edward Ehrhardt
Edward Ehrhardt

All Glen cares about is exploiting his "fans" for money

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

perhaps the disbelievers could read the quran, then tell us all how they are a religion of peace.... :D

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Oh, for the love of Pete.  Actually, Rep. Bachmann deserves the support of the likes of Glenn Beck, in every way.  Which one is more cynical?  It's a toss-up.

If we were talking about Keith Ellison or Betty McCollum; yeah, they have a lot of Somalis in their districts.  But as Colbert "discovered," Ellison as a practicing Muslim with siblings is indeed a Muslim Brother (and he's black, too, for extra "Brother" points).  Yes, there are some Somalis in St. Cloud, so there are some in Rep. Bachmann's district.

What is interesting about this is that all of the complaints about Rep. Bachmann are coming from extreme right-wing Evangelical Christian Republicans who have worked for her and allege that she screwed them over.  I highly doubt any of them are Somali.  And most of the complainants are from Iowa.  I've never heard of a large concentration of Somalis in Iowa; much less their being involved in home-schooling groups or working for Rep. Bachmann's bizarre Presidential campaign.

Not that Glenn Beck cares about facts any more than Rep. Bachmann does.  I do get the feeling from Beck that he is a smart, cynical, utterly amoral charlatan.  Rep. Bachmann I think is just a garden variety sociopath, and a bit on the dumb side.

Jake Benecasa
Jake Benecasa

-_- -_- -_- -_- -_- -_- -_- -_- -_- -_- -_- -_- -_-

Michele Wendling Ryan
Michele Wendling Ryan

SERIOUSLY? Another example that we're buying into a "blame someone else don't take responsibility for our own wrongdoing" society. All aboaaaaard the Crazy Train!

Paul Harcey
Paul Harcey

I wish his dad would take him behind the woodshed...

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

By golly! I'll bet I'm the first person anywhere to notice that Glenn Beck is crazy as a soup sandwich!

Ryan Wachtel
Ryan Wachtel

I agree Glenn... that is very likely.... much more likely than maybe she did do some unethical stuff.... like her former staffers all accuse her of.

Donnerskinde
Donnerskinde

How about you read the bible and tell me how its a religion of peace? It contains, genocide, patricide, incest, rape, murder, animal sacrifice etc...

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

It does piss me off to think that Beck would lie and race- and religion-bait Somalis like this.  But of course anybody who would listen to Glenn Beck about anything wouldn't know the difference anyway, wouldn't care, and would blame non-white non-Christian immigrants for absolutely anything up to and including the Twins' bad pitching staff.  And to most reasonable people, the fact that Glenn Beck says something makes it untrue.  So he may be doing the Somalis in Minnesota a weird backhanded favor.

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