By Ben Barrack
More than four years ago, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and three other Republican lawmakers penned a letter to the U.S. State Department’s Inspector General (IG). In that letter, they identified Huma Abedin as a person of interest because of her familial connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. When the letter hit the news cycle, the mainstream media went out of its mind with outrage that Bachmann would make such a charge.
Unfortunately, so did a boatload of high profile Republicans. No Republicans are rushing to Huma’s defense now but in the wake of Bachmann’s letter, many did. Those Republicans look increasingly cowardly or traitorous, depending on your perspective. Below is a list of those top ten most despicable Republicans. They will only come off the list with an admission that they were wrong.
10 MOST DESPICABLE REPUBLICANS WHO DEFENDED HUMA AND REJECTED BACHMANN
10.) Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID): Simpson waited several weeks to chime in on the burgeoning controversy over Bachmann’s letter but he got in line with the Republican establishment. In so doing, Simpson compared Bachmann to Joe McCarthy and ran for cover, despite overwhelming evidence that Bachmann was right. The Idaho congressman actually said of Bachmann’s questions,
“These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit, and they need to stop now.”
Four years later, Simpson’s words age like a dumpster full of hardboiled eggs and Bachmann’s like a fine wine. Today, Huma is under suspicion of espionage AND is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. According to Conservative Review, Simpson sports a 33% Conservative rating, which speaks volumes.
9.) Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY): Hanna is the near perfect definition of a RINO (Republican in Name Only). His conservative rating is a pathetic 27%. In his defense of Huma, Hanna referred to conservatives as extremists who got to Bachmann and either pressured or emboldened her to ask legitimate questions. The irony is that Huma is a stealth Muslim extremist. Hanna enabled her and protected her while painting American patriots concerned about an Islamic invasion as “radicals”. One quote attributed to Hanna actually points to him willingly betraying his party and constituents by giving more credibility to Democrats:
“I would say that the friends I have in the Democratic Party I find… much more congenial — a little less anger.”
It’s not surprising, therefore, that Hanna committed to voting for Hillary.
8.) Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA): The former Senator who nearly served his purpose of defeating Obamacare will forever be known as being very inconsequential after winning a very consequential election following the death of Ted Kennedy. Brown pulled off a stunning upset against Democrat Martha Coakley and became a full-fledged RINO after attempting to stop Obamacare. His RINO status was bolstered by not only his refusal to stand with Bachmann against Huma but by his denouncing of Bachmann. Below is Brown’s 2012tweet in response to Bachmann’s letter:
7.) Ed Rollins (Fox News Contributor): Rollins came to prominence as a key figure in the Ronald Reagan presidential campaigns. He even headed Bachmann’s 2012 presidential run for a time before stepping down. Soon thereafter, Bachmann’s letter caught the ire of Rollins who excoriated Bachmann in an op-ed. Throughout Rollins’ screed, he never once refuted any of Bachmann’s concerns. All he did was insult her and denounce her for raising them. Another interesting fact about Rollins is that he has been an advisor for Teneo, a consulting firm run by close Bill Clinton adviser Doug Band. In fact, an aspect to the multiple scandals involving Huma is her work for Teneo in 2012-13.
In light of what is becoming known about Huma, the second paragraph in Rollins’ piece is tellingly wrong:
Her (Bachmann’s) unsubstantiated charge against Abedin, a widely respected top aide to Secretary Hillary Clinton, accusing her of some sort of far-fetched connection to the Muslim brotherhood, is extreme and dishonest.
6.) Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI): Perhaps the only reason Rogers is not one spot higher is because he is no longer in office. At the time of Bachmann’s letter to State about Huma, Rogers was chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). Bachmann sat on the committee and could have used the backing of her chairman. Instead, Rogers referred to Huma as an “American patriot” and denounced Bachmann:
“That kind of assertion certainly doesn’t comport with the Intelligence Committee, and I can say that on the record,” he told USA TODAY, aligning himself with party leaders who have defended Abedin. “I have no information in my committee that would indicate that Huma is anything other than an American patriot.”
Here we are four years later and Huma is being investigated for having classified emails on her personal laptop after leaving the State Department in 2013. Yet, no word from Mr. Rogers on whether that is “patriotic”.
5.) Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL): Rubio and Rogers would probably switch places if Rogers were still in office. At the time of Bachmann’s letter, Rubio was a young Senator who was elected on a strong wave of Tea Party support, which he rejected when he stood with Huma. Bachmann is clearly more “Tea Party” than Rubio is. It wasn’t so much that Rubio denounced Bachmann; it was more about his distancing himself from her. While on a radio show, Rubio was asked about Bachmann’s letter and in a rather ironic moment, Rubio made mention that members of Congress have to live with their positions, “whether they’re right or wrong”. It was an attempt to warn Bachmann but in hindsight, it was a warning that Rubio himself should have heeded.
4.) Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI): The reason Sensenbrenner is so high on this list is the thick irony of his shameful defense of Huma back in 2012. It was so bad, wrong and irresponsible in light of current events these years later that Sensenbrenner should resign in disgrace. At the heart of the case involving Huma is espionage. Upon leaving her job at the State Department, Huma signed a declaration that she turned everything over. We now know that it is untrue because of what’s being discovered on her personal laptop. This demonstrates Huma never should have been granted a security clearance in the first place.
Yet, while at a town hall meeting in 2012, Sensenbrenner was asked about Bachmann’s concerns about Huma. Sensenbrenner responded that there was no way Huma would have been granted a security clearance if Bachmann’s concerns were warranted. See / hear for yourself:
Audio in case YouTube above taken down:
In essence, Sensenbrenner chose to blind himself to the corruption and put his faith in a system that is beyond corrupt. As such, Sensenbrenner is unqualified to remain a member of Congress and should resign. Particularly ironic is that Sensenbrenner is credited with authoring the Patriot Act after 9/11. Assisting him in the effort was his then chief of staff Phillip Kiko. Kiko was named the Executive Director of the House Select Committee on Benghazi by another Republican on this list – then Speaker of the House John Boehner. The Committee never publicly addressed Huma’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
3.) Grover Norquist (Founder of Americans for Tax Reform): Perhaps the least surprising name to make this list is Norquist, who rose to prominence thanks to Ronald Reagan’s coattails. Since that time, Norquist has become an apparatchik for the Muslim Brotherhood. Married to a Palestinian woman, Norquist’s history of befriending stealth jihadists is simply undeniable. He was a key figure in the Muslim Brotherhood outreach of the George W. Bush presidential campaign in 2000. He facilitated the entry of Muslim Brotherhood members into the White House both before and after the 9/11 attacks. This is the same Muslim Brotherhood that Huma is connected to.
In response to Bachmann’s 2012 letter, Norquist was quoted by POLITICO:
“It’s completely indefensible, there’s nothing else to say,” Norquist said in an interview with POLITICO.
Despite these deep, insidious connections, Norquist continues to be embraced by prominent members of the Republican Party. In the photo below, he is seen with newly elected Texas Governor Dan Patrick and other elected state officials:
2.) Ex-Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): Yes, Boehner is today out of office – like Rogers – but at the time of his defense of Huma, he was the third most powerful politician in the United States. He carried great sway, despite never using it. When Boehner was asked about Bachmann’s concerns, he chose to sing Huma’s praises and denounce Bachmann in the process. Nonetheless, his support of Bachmann’s concerns could have gone a long way to steering America away from the corrupt cesspool we are on the precipice of making even more so, should Hillary be elected President.
Here is Boehner responding to a question about Bachmann’s concerns. Note in his response how Boehner said Huma was a person of “sterling character”, an obvious lie:
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Boehner was also dragged – kicking and screaming – to form the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Though he rightly named Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) as the chairman, that decision was essentially undercut by Boehner’s decision to name Kiko as the Executive Director. Kiko would have been interested in steering the investigation away from the role played by the Muslim Brotherhood in the Benghazi attacks. In fact, Huma’s role as a Muslim Brotherhood / Saudi spy is only now starting to rear its head because of something that tangentially occurred as a result of the Benghazi committee’s work, namely, the discovery of Hillary’s private server when the committee attempted to subpoena her emails during its investigation.
Had Boehner gotten his wish not to create the Select Committee, most of what has come to light regarding Huma would still be under wraps.
1.) Senator John McCain (R-AZ): Whenever the issue of Huma’s defense against her familial connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, McCain’s name is almost always brought up. In the wake of Bachmann’s letter, McCain took ten minutes of his time on the Senate floor to sing Huma’s praises and denounce Bachmann. Not once, however, did McCain address any of Bachmann’s concerns. Instead, he elevated a Muslim Brotherhood spy and impugned a patriotic American in Bachmann.
While McCain was quick to come to Huma’s defense against Bachmann, he has been silent in the face of mounting evidence that Huma committed multiple felonies involving lying to federal officials and espionage to name just a couple.
Below is McCain in 2012 excoriating Bachmann and singing the praises of Muslim Brotherhood / Saudi spy Huma Abedin. Here are just a few excerpted quotes from McCain and how he referred to Huma:
“…loyal servant of our country and our government…”
“…represents what is best about America…”
“…Abiding commitment to the American ideal that she embodies…”
“…I am proud to know her and…proud to call her my friend…”
“…an American of genuine patriotism and love of country…”
In light of recent developments, virtually every assertion made by McCain about Huma and Bachmann is exactly wrong:
— Ben Barrack (@barrackaid) November 5, 2016