Michelle Bachmann Warns of 'Transgender Black Marxists,' Global Domination Plot

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Saturday September 12, 2020

Former GOP Rep. and onetime presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann
Former GOP Rep. and onetime presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann  (Source:AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Former GOP congresswoman and one-time presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann - long a controversial figure for her anti-LGBTQ views, among other reasons - detailed an elaborate conspiracy theory in which, she said, "transgender Black Marxists" were plotting together with Joe Biden to crash the U.S. economy, establish a global currency, and take over the world, reports Salon.

"I mean, it's bizarre," Bachmann said, "but this is their goal."

Bachmann's comments were part of an interview she gave on "The Victory Channel," which is run by a televangelist named Kenneth Copeland.

Given Bachmann's history of anti-LGBTQ commentary, it was hardly surprising that she took aim at transgender people. NBC News reports that among her claims was the warning that, "These are transgender Marxists — transgender Black Marxists — who are seeking the overthrow of the United States and the dissolution of the traditional family," evidently in reference to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The political right has routinely taken to claiming the Black Lives Matter is a "Marxism" organization. Analyzing the origins of this idea, Politifact reported that this notion seemingly stems from a 2015 interview in which Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors called herself and another BLM founder "trained Marxists."

That, however, does not mean that the movement's founders are communists, and it certainly does not mean that the movement overall embraces communism. However, PolitiFact noted, the term is often used in contemporary times with reference to "analyzing social change through an economic lens, with the assumption that the rich and the poor should become more equal."

Bachmann went on to confuse ancient theology with 19th-century economic theory, saying, "For people who know their Bible, this is exactly what the prophets told us."

NBC News reports that Bachmann also claimed the Holy Spirit "spoke" to her recently as she and others were "worshipping the Lord on the South Lawn of the White House," warning her of impending protests in the streets.

"All of a sudden, I sense the Holy Spirit just speaking to me," Bachmann said. "The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, 'It's time to leave.' "

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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