Minnesota Dems Pile On Bachmann Comments

Michele Bachmann is heading into her fourth news cycle reliving her comments on MSNBC's "Hardball" about investigating anti-American members of Congress.

Today, the entire Democratic Minnesota congressional delegation has issued a lengthy, scathing statement about Bachmann's comments in which she called for the media to take "a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?"

"For Michele Bachmann to go on national television and say that members of Congress should be investigated for ‘anti-American views’ calls into question her judgment and her ability to work in a bipartisan way to put the interests of our country first in this time of crisis," the statement says.

“Like Colin Powell, who called Bachmann's comments ‘nonsense,’ we are embarrassed by her comments," the statement continues. "All Members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans — swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and for Michele Bachmann to question their loyalty is outrageous. We pride ourselves in Minnesota on our clean and civil elections, but Michele Bachmann's comments run entirely counter to that tradition. All Americans, regardless of their political beliefs, should reject these kinds of divisive, inappropriate and unacceptable comments.” 

The statement was signed by Democratic Reps. James Oberstar, Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and Tim Walz and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

They may be outraged, but there has been significant upside for Democrats. Over the weekend, Bachmann's Democratic opponent El Tinklenberg raised more than $500,000 based on Bachmann's now infamous appearance on Hardball