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    Whoops! Michele Bachmann accidentally praised serial killer clown John Wayne Gacy in Iowa today.

    Mrs. Bachmann grew up in Waterloo, and used the town as the backdrop for her campaign announcement, where she told Fox News: "Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too."


    John Wayne the actor was actually from Winterstet, Iowa, which is 150 miles southwest of Waterloo. Waterloo was the home, for a time, of John Wayne Gacy, the disturbed children's performer who killed 33 people. (Also John Wayne the actor was a drunk, racist draft-dodger and living in "his America" would basically mean the return of segregation.)

    Maybe the evangelical wingnuts who've taught Bachmann that the Founding Fathers engineered the end of slavery despite dying some years before the Civil War also have some sort of oddball Christian history lesson about where John Wayne was really from, but it seems more likely that Bachmann just misremembered where John Wayne was born. (Her supporters will now begin reminding people of the time President Obama said "57 states" or whatever, and while that was kind of funny, it was not as funny as accidentally wishing to live in the world of a serial killing clown.)
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