Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann sees the attacks of 9/11 and against the U.S. mission in Benghazi as the wrath of God.
The Minnesota congresswoman—who has kept a relatively low profile after barely winning re-election—made the eyebrow-raising remarks at a prayer event arranged by conservatives at the U.S. Capitol to promote a “national Day of Prayer and Fasting.” The remarks were first picked up by Right Wing Watch.
“Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11 and that’s why we’re going to have ‘9-11 Pray’ on that day,” said Bachmann. “Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?”
Last year’s attack at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya left four Americans dead, including U.S. Amb. Christopher Stevens. It occurred 11 years after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City.
The remarks also come as several Republicans are accusing the Obama Administration of misleading the public about the attack in Libya, some going as far to insist there’s been a cover-up. The president dismissed that criticism as a “political circus” on Monday.
At the D.C. event, Bachmann asked, “It’s no secret that our nation may very well be experiencing the hand of judgment. It is no secret that we all are concerned that our nation may be in a time of decline. If that is in fact so, what is the answer?” She continued, “The answer is what we are doing here today: humbling ourselves before an almighty God, crying out to an almighty God, saying not of ourselves but you, would you save us oh God? We repent of our sins, we turn away from them, we seek you, we seek your ways.”
Watch Bachmann’s remarks below: