Michele Bachmann Erroneously Gives Our Founders Credit For Ending Slavery
It was a long time between 1776 and 1865. Nevertheless, in her romanticized version of America, Rep. Michele Bachmann believes our founding fathers “worked tirelessly until slavery was no more.” (via Mediaite).
At an event sponsored by Iowans for Tax Relief, Bachmann managed to get a few facts wrong. Talking Points Memo reports:
“Bachmann (R-MN) also noted how slavery was a ‘scourge’ on American history, but added that ‘we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.’
‘And,’ she continued, ‘I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly — men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.’
It’s true — Adams became a vocal opponent of slavery, especially during his time in the House of Representatives. But Adams was not one of the founders, nor did he live to see the Emancipation Proclamation signed in 1863 (he died in 1848).”