Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s staff claimed she was “speaking in the hypothetical” when she said she would close the (nonexistent) U.S. embassy in Iran. In a statement released last night, Congresswoman Bachmann’s communications director, Alice Stewart, assured the world the Congresswoman knows we haven’t had an embassy in Tehran since the Iranian hostage crisis. “Congresswoman Bachmann is a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and is fully aware that we do not have an embassy in Iran and have not had one since 1980,” Ms. Stewart wrote.
Congresswoman Bachmann’s own Iranian crisis began during a speech in Waverly, Iowa yesterday where she discussed the U.K.’s decision to pull their diplomats from Tehran after their embassy there was ransacked.
“That’s exactly what I would do. We wouldn’t have an embassy in Iran. I wouldn’t allow that to be there,” said Congresswoman Bachmann.
Congresswoman Bachmann’s gaffe was eagerly gobbled up by political news outlets. Ms. Stewart argued Congresswoman Bachmann’s “remarks are being taken out of context, given that she has spoken on this subject several times in the past 24 hours and made it clear that she knew we did not have an Iranian embassy.”
“She was agreeing with the actions taken by the British to secure their embassy personnel and was speaking in the hypothetical, that if she was President of the United States and if we had an embassy in Iran, she would have taken the same actions as the British,” Ms. Stewart wrote.