Michele Bachmann has been a huge headache for the LGBT community — but it is nothing compared to the migraines she suffers which were described by former aides in London’s Telegraph newspaper as “debilitating.”
“When she gets them, frankly, she can’t function at all. It’s not like a little thing with a couple Advils. It’s bad,” said one adviser.
Mrs Bachmann reportedly blamed the headaches on uncomfortable high-heel shoes, but those who have worked alongside her cited stress, a busy schedule and any sort of setback as possible triggers.
“The migraines are so bad and so intense, she carries and takes all sorts of pills – prevention pills, pills during the migraine, pills after the migraine, to keep them under control. She has to take these pills wherever she goes.”
Bachmann denied the severity of the headaches, very much like her husband Marcus denied his clinic practices reparative therapy to “cure” LGBT people. It’s difficult to believe anything this slippery couple says.
The Telegraph went on to discuss, a recording is widely circulating on the internet of a prayer she is said to have delivered in 2006 at a ministry run by Bradlee Dean, a controversial preacher who has called for gay people to be locked up
Predicting “we are in the last days” and declaring “the harvest is at hand”, an apparent allusion to the belief that God will take saved Christians from the Earth and leave non-believers behind to face never-ending torment.
“The day is at hand, Lord, when your return will come nigh. Nothing is more important than bringing sheep into the fold, than bringing life into the new kingdom,” she prayed.
The newspaper also discussed the effect of the clinic scandal:
A Christian counseling clinic run by Mr Bachmann has provided an unwelcome distraction for his wife’s campaign, after claims that it deployed controversial “reparative therapy” that tries to “cure” homosexuality. The therapy has been denounced by the American Psychological Association and others.
“Getting her elected depends on portraying her as mainstream when we have revealed she is extreme,” said Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out, a gay activist group who sent an undercover researcher into therapy Bachmann & Associates.
A series of polls have shown that a majority of Americans now tolerate homosexuality and growing numbers approve of gay marriage.
“The world is changing and the idea that there is something wrong with being homosexual or that you can pray away the gay is seen as something radical,” he said.