Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, who formally announced her candidacy on Monday, has been criticized for mixing up actor John Wayne with killer John Wayne Gacy. It is not the first historically wrong statement she has made. Article source – Michele Bachmann confuses John Wayne with serial killer Gacy by Newsytype.com.
Wrong thing said by Bachmann
Bachmann was being interviewed by Fox news on Monday when she said, “But what I want them to know, just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, that’s the kind of spirit I have, too. It’s about not being ashamed of America. It’s about embracing America, loving America, sacrificing for America.” Maybe it is about not learning what you need to about America.
The incorrect research was done
The incorrect research obviously went into Bachmann’s speech. The Tea Party researchers didn’t do their jobs. Actor John Wayne was really born as Marion Morrison in Winterset, Iowa. Waterloo and Winterset are about 150 miles apart. Notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy did, for a time, live in Waterloo.
Gacy, ‘the Clown Killer’
Between 1972 and 1978, Gacy raped and murdered 33 young men and boys. He got the title of “the Clown Killer” after he played “Pogo the Clown” at children’s parties and events for a while. The crawlspace beneath Gacy’s home was where 26 of his sufferers were found. For 14 years, he was on death row. Then, on May 9, 1994, he was executed by lethal injection.
Other blunders by Bachmann
This isn’t the first mistake Bachmann has made. One time she talked about the founding fathers. She said they “worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.” It took a long time to get it abolished. The U.S. was close to its centennial when it finally happened. She said that New Hampshire was the “state where the shot was heard round the world at Lexington and Concord,” while Massachusetts was the state where that happened. She also made an incorrect comment about Canada. She said it did not use a stimulus program and got through the Great Depression just fine.
Bachmann does not make an effort to cover up or deny the errors she has made unlike the politician Sarah Palin. Once, Bachmann commented on her slips saying, “I wish I could be perfect. I’m a substantive, severe person.”