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More than 40 religious and civil rights groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and American Baptist Churches USA wrote a withering letter to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann condemning her allegations that high-level U.S. government officials have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Reckless, irresponsible peddling of conspiracy theories — sometimes meandering into the realm of political paranoia — has been a fixture of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s political career. Here is a sampling of Bachmann’s extremist rhetoric, incendiary demagoguery, and fringe beliefs documented since her first Congressional reelection campaign in 2008.

Summary: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Carney Jr. and Aubrey Immelman, Minnesota 6th Congressional District GOP primary challenger to Michele Bachmann, will hold a joint news conference Tuesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in Room 125 at the State Capitol in St. Paul regarding Bachmann’s claims of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the United States government.

Summary: Conspiracy theorist Michele Bachmann, joined by Reps. Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney, and Lynn Westmoreland, sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government. Sen. John McCain responds to Bachmann with a stinging rebuke.

Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has derided Obamacare as “tyranny,” the “crown jewel of socialism,” and “unconstitutional,” trumpeted her presence in the halls of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to await the epoch-making SCOTUS ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the signature legislation of Barack Obama’s first term as president. The Supreme Court upheld the law 5-4.

Summary: In a fundraising letter dated June 13, 2012, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann fraudulently tells Republican donors, “now that my district has been re-drawn, I have thousands of new voters who I must reach with our conservative message and win over by Election Day.” That’s deceptive, underhanded, and a gross misrepresentation of fact; the real truth is the exact opposite of Bachmann’s claim, because the size of the district in which Bachmann is running for reelection — Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District — was actually reduced to the tune of nearly 100,000 residents during redistricting, with constituents in the southeastern part of the district reapportioned to the 4th Congressional District (represented by Betty McCollum) and constituents in the northwestern corner of the district reapportioned to the 7th Congressional District (represented by Collin Peterson). Bachmann’s statement would be true only if she had chosen to run for reelection in the district in which she actually lives, namely, Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District.

Summary: In a fundraising letter dated May 8, 2012, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann dishonestly tells Republican donors that “in retaliation for repeatedly standing up to President Obama on the national stage, liberal judges have redrawn the lines of [her] Minnesota Congressional District to try and wipe [her] off of the political map once and for all.” At best, that’s a gross misrepresentation of fact; at worst, it’s a shameless, bald-faced lie designed to trick prospective donors into parting with their money under false pretenses.

Summary: A Bachmann constituent writes a letter to the editor of the St. Cloud Times, outlining why Rep. Michele Bachmann is an embarrassment to the people of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District (where Bachmann is running for reelection) and telling her to “go home” to her “golf course mansion” in the 6th Congressional District (where Bachmann lives). … Also: Compilation of Michele Bachmann’s most controversial statements and blunders.

Summary: On March 19, 2012, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann became a subject of the European nation Switzerland and now holds dual U.S.-Swiss citizenship.

Summary: Back in 2009, when Michele Bachmann was focused on reelection to Congress in Minnesota’s libertarian-leaning 6th District, she heavily courted Rep. Ron Paul. But now that she’s focused on her national ambitions, she’s kicked Dr. Paul to the curb and embraced Gov. Romney who, in her own words, “can’t beat Obama” and is “the only governor in the history of the United States to put into place socialized medicine.”