Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s handlers need to pick up their game. In a recent appearance on ABC's Good Morning America she continued to laud all the founding fathers for working “tirelessly to end slavery.”
That inaccuracy backfired. As host George Stephanopoulos reminded Bachmann, the Southern and Northern colonies had serious disagreements about slavery: The white landowners and industrialists who comprised the latter group wrote unpaid servitude into the Constitution. Only the Civil War ended the inhuman practice.
Oh, and did anyone mention that Thomas Jefferson was a "founding father," alright—of a wing of his slave Sally Hemings' family.
Bachmann responded with comments about John Quincy Adams' attempts to end slavery. The former president may have been an abolitionist, but he was too young to be a founding father like his father, John Adams.
Then Stephanopoulos asked again: “So you're standing by this comment that the founding fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery?"
Bachmann's sputtered response: “John Quincy Adams most certainly was part of the Revolutionary War era. He was a young boy but he was actively involved."
Prior to announcing her candidacy, Bachmann tried to gain support among Black and Hispanic voters by attacking what she said was President Obama’s mishandling of the economy and, specifically, job creation.
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