Rep. Michele Bachmann alleges that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, may have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Her claims are unfounded.
CNN’s Dana Bash tells Anderson Cooper that she tracked down Rep. Bachmann to try and get some answers. “The good news is I can walk pretty fast in heals,” Bash tells Anderson. “The bad news is Michele Bachmann can walk just as fast.”
Watch the video above to see Bachmann avoid Bash’s questions. While Bachmann says on camera that she can do an interview with Bash later, Bachmann’s office replied saying she didn’t have enough time in her schedule.
Senator John McCain took an unusual step in going to the Senate floor to condemn Bachmann’s remarks. “He knows Huma personally,” Bash said. “He likes her and respects her and feels that she’s being unfairly maligned.”
McCain isn’t the only Republican speaking out against Bachmann’s allegations. Ed Rollins, who ran Bachmann’s campaign for president for a short time, wrote a “scathing” piece where he called her “dishonest” and noted Bachmann had “difficulty with her facts” and that what she’s doing is “akin to McCarthyism.”
Salon writer Alex Seitz-Wald tells Anderson, “I think this was a message that was aimed at her base, trying to gin up some anti-Muslim fever before the election and then it kind of blew up a little too big.”
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