Michele Bachmann Cites Hometown Hero John Wayne (While Actually In The Hometown Of John Wayne Gacy)

Michele Bachmann has begun her presidential campaign with a bang. Speaking in front of her old home, Bachmann told Fox News that she hopes to channel the spirit of a famous Iowan – Waterloo’s own native son, John Wayne.

The problem is that John Wayne, the famous actor, was actually from lovely Winterset, Iowa. Waterloo, meanwhile, is located quite far from Winterset – about three hours by car – and has the distinction of having been home to John Wayne Gacy. Gacy, as you might know, was a serial killer who dressed up as a clown for children’s events and is responsible for raping and murdering at least 33 young boys throughout the 1970s.

Let’s be clear: Bachmann is not trying to channel a rapist clown. She’s channeling the other, nobler John Wayne, the stuff of American myth and Hollywood dreams. Not the one who inspired the creepiest Sufjan Stevens song ever. But, still: Eek.

Watch the segment, via Fox News:

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