But Bachmann also thinks the socialist menace also runs in her own Republican party.
Said Bachmann Monday at a speech to the Family Research Council in Washington:
Unfortunately for too many Republicans, they also aspire to be frugal socialists. We cannot preserve liberty if the choice is between a frugal socialist and an out-of-control socialist.
Her comments brought guffaws from some GOP political operatives.
“It’s too late to say Bachmann has gone over the edge,” GOP activist Randall Jenkins, a former Bachmann supporter who lives Minneapolis in the home state of the Minnesota congresswoman, told Capitol Hill Blue. “We went over the cliff a long time ago.”
After her speech, reporters tried to get Bachmann to specify which Republicans are “frugal socialists.”
“That’s for you to figure out,” she sneered.
When another reporter tried to ask the same question in a different way, she dodged it and fired back: “Nice try.”