Saturday, April 21, 2018
Politics

No truth to Michele Bachmann meme about Fort Hood shootings

The statement

Says Rep. Michele Bachmann said President Barack Obama might be to blame for the Fort Hood shootings.

Facebook meme, April 2

The ruling

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is no fan of President Barack Obama. In recent weeks, like most weeks, she skewered his administration's handling of the Benghazi attack, the IRS scrutiny of tea party groups and the health care law.

A Facebook meme suggests she also took to the airwaves to sort of blame Obama for the shootings by an Iraq War veteran at Fort Hood, Texas, that resulted in four deaths and 16 injuries.

"I'm not saying Obama is responsible for the Fort Wood (sic) shooting. I'm just saying that we have zero proof that he isn't," Bachmann is quoted as saying on Sean Hannity's Fox News show.

A reader asked us if this post, which he said he saw on Facebook, is real.

It's not.

The first clue that something is fishy: The post refers to Fort Wood, not Fort Hood.

The second: The screenshot that serves as the backdrop for the quote is from Bachmann's June 2013 interview on Fox News' Hannity when she discussed her decision to leave Congress at the end of her term in January.

Bachmann was not on Hannity's show on April 2, 2014, the date attributed to the quote. She did appear on The O'Reilly Factor on April 3, but it was to talk about her questioning of a former CIA official over the Benghazi attacks. She didn't say the quote in question there either.

A Lexis Nexis review of recent transcripts shows she has not commented about the attacks on the Army base beyond a tweet saying she was praying for the Fort Hood community.

"Congresswoman Bachmann never said that quote, and didn't even appear on Hannity that day. It's 100 percent fake," said her spokesman Dan Kotman.

He pointed out that the same Facebook group where this meme was shared, the satirical Christians for Michele Bachmann, was also behind a widely shared and debunked post alleging Bachmann said Jesus wrote the Bible in English.

We can't find a trace of her saying, "I'm not saying Obama is responsible for the Fort Wood shooting. I'm just saying that we have zero proof that he isn't." And she wasn't on Hannity on the night the posts says she was.

We rate the claim Pants on Fire!

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