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Obama Praises Clinton Aide Targeted By Bachmann: ‘Huma Is An American Patriot’

By Judd Legum on August 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

"Obama Praises Clinton Aide Targeted By Bachmann: ‘Huma Is An American Patriot’"

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Michele Bachmann and four other Members of Congress have targeted Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, suggesting in a letter to the State Department that she is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. Bachmann, without a shred of evidence, asserts that Abedin may be part of a larger “infiltration” of the American government by the group.

Bachmann has stood by her false allegations and has even picked up support from high profile Republicans like Newt Gingrich. (Other Republicans, like John McCain, have denounced Bachmann’s attacks.)

Tonight, President Barack Obama publicly praised Abedin, calling her an “American patriot’ and saying that he personally has relied upon her counsel. From the transcript of his remarks:

They are entrepreneurs and lawyers, community leaders, members of our military, and Muslim American women serving with distinction in government. And that includes a good friend, Huma Abedin, who has worked tirelessly — (applause) — worked tirelessly in the White House, in the U.S. Senate, and most exhaustingly, at the State Department, where she has been nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear. Senator Clinton has relied on her expertise, and so have I.

The American people owe her a debt of gratitude — because Huma is an American patriot, and an example of what we need in this country — more public servants with her sense of decency, her grace and her generosity of spirit. So, on behalf of all Americans, we thank you so much. (Applause.)

Hillary Clinton referenced the controversy last month, saying that Bachmann’s anti-Muslim witch hunt had “no place in our politics.”

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