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TheChat: Michele Bachmann compares Barack Obama to a `deranged pilot’

Michele Bachmann on Newsweek cover
Michele Bachmann on Newsweek cover Newsweek

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▪ “With his Iran deal, Barack Obama is for the 300 million souls of the United States what Andreas Lubitz was for the 150 souls on the German Wings flight — a deranged pilot flying his entire nation into the rocks.” — former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on President Obama.

Bachmann, a Republican, posted this on her Facebook page a few days ago. She added, “After the fact, among the smoldering remains of American cities, the shocked survivors will ask, why did he do it?” It’s this kind of rhetoric that holds back Republicans who are so eager to regain the White House.

▪ “We count on state workers to look after our mentally ill, care for our veterans and keep our children from slipping into poverty, yet many of those workers are dangerously close to poverty themselves.” — Missouri state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, on Missouri paying its state workers less than any other state in the country.

That’s right: Missouri is 50th in the nation when it comes to paying its workers. Nasheed and Republican Rep. Jay Barnes on Thursday called for a five-year plan to boost wages and get Missouri out of the basement.

▪ “I will continue to fight for and protect the Second Amendment rights of all Kansans.” — Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday signing a bill that allows residents to carry concealed firearms without first obtaining a license or undergoing weapon training.

In his statement, the governor urged Kansans to “take advantage of existing safety training courses.”

▪ “A dozen years after her passing, Lucile Bluford remains a legendary figure in Kansas City.” — Missouri state Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, a Kansas City Democrat, on legislation declaring July 1 as Lucile Bluford Day in Missouri.

The measure passed 143-0 and goes to the Senate. Bluford challenged the segregated journalism program at the University of Missouri in the 1940s and won. She went on to a long career as a reporter, editor, publisher and co-owner of the Kansas City Call before her death at 91.