Michelle Bachmann has claimed that the American people have been “bullied” by gay people.

The Minnesota congresswoman made the comments during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week.

She last week criticised Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer for vetoing a bill that would have legalised discrimination against gay people.

Governor Brewer announced that she would not be signing Senate Bill 1062 last month.

Also commenting on the veto of the bill, Bachmann said: “There’s nothing about gays in there. But the gay community decided to make this their measure… I think the thing that is getting a little tiresome, the gay community, they have so bullied the American people, and they’ve so intimidated politicians. The politicians fear them, so that they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere.”

Bachmann, a 2012 Republican US presidential contender, was accused of supporting gay-to-straight conversion therapy, during her failed bid for the White House.

The claims were centred on her husband’s medical practice.