Ultra-homophobic former congresswoman Michele Bachmann has signed on to advise Donald Trump.
Tea Party politician Michele Bachmann sat in the US House of Representatives from 2007 until 2014, and earned a reputation as America’s most extreme homophobic politician.
She became well-known while a congresswoman for her often-surreal arguments and extreme opposition to gay rights.
She claimed in 2014: “I think [gays] want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”
A 2011 investigation found a religious ‘counselling centre’ owned by Ms Bachmann attempts gay ‘cure’ therapy and aims to repress “homosexual urges”. Her husband, Marcus Bachmann, ran the service.
But despite her extreme views, Ms Bachmann – who last year claimed that God would destroy America because of the “sin-sick” culture of same-sex marriage – has been recruited by Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump to serve as an adviser.
Bachmann, who was already part of Trump’s “Evangelical Advisory Board”, has now signed on to a broader role “guiding” him on foreign policy as well as religious issues – despite her notoriously extreme views..
She told the Minnesota Star Tribune: “He’s a common-sense guy, not into political correctness. He has turned businesses around, and that’s what he wants to do with the country.”
Elsewhere this week, Trump faced questions about his campaign’s ties to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, which is listed as an active anti-LGBT hate group by extremism watchdog the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Perkins has faced criticism in the past for blaming gay people for the Holocaust, insisting that LGBT activists will soon attempt a ‘Christian Holocaust’ – and was also condemned after comparing gay people to paedophiles.
But despite Perkins’ shocking views, Mr Trump was confirmed to be attending a Family Research Council rally next month. Every Republican Presidential nominee of the past decade has snubbed the event due to its extremist views.
Trump also reportedly donated $100,000 to Perkins’ church after Louisiana was hit by flooding. The personal donation may be a violation of election rules – as Perkins previously provided advice and speech-writing services to Trump’s election campaign.