But they’re not racists at all!

Get this: Michele Bachmann, whose husband’s family farm has taken more than $250,000 in farm subsidies and whose husband’s crazy faith healing clinic has taken nearly $30,000 in state aid, is against wasteful fraud in farm subsidies! According to The Hill, she and Steve King, R-The Crazy Part of Iowa, held a press conference recently to denounce “fraud” by black farmers claiming part of a settlement with the USDA over historically racist lending practices.

As the report explains, there is no actual fraud. Their claim is that more people are claiming part of the settlement than the number of black farmers reported by the Census. This would make sense if you need to be a current farmer to claim part of the settlement — but you don’t. The whole point of this settlement is to repay people who were allegedly discriminated against between 1981 and 1997. So the events underlying these claims are between 13 and 29 years old. But Bachmann and King never let the facts get in their way! Especially when they can claim the Obama administration doesn’t care, and draw a racist inference without actually ever saying “because he is black.” (Or half black, but these are the kind of people who invented the one-drop rule.)

By the way, we don’t have any other good evidence that Bachmann is a racist, although she is certainly prejudiced against Muslims and gay people. We suspect she is even proud of it. However, if you want evidence that Steve King is a racist, spend five minutes googling him. In January, directly after a huge earthquake destroyed Haiti, he said deported Haitians could be handy as relief workers (with what money?), has voted against a resolution thanking slaves for building the Capitol and has accused the president of being inherently racist, using what we hope was a metaphor and not an attempt to be medically accurate. We also remember reading, but cannot now find, an article in which King suggested just deporting everybody who’s Hispanic. And this is a person who sits on the House immigration committee. Jesus wept.


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