Michele Bachmann renounces Swiss citizenship

posted at 6:50 pm on May 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Had to be done. How else would we know who’s side she’s on in the coming Swiss-American war?

Bachmann’s spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that she had recently been granted dual citizenship, for which she had been eligible since her 1978 marriage, but “recently some of their children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual-citizenship so they went through the process as a family.”

But after the news had been public for less than 48 hours, she issued a Thursday afternoon follow-up: “Today I sent a letter to the Swiss Consulate requesting withdrawal of my dual Swiss citizenship.”

“I took this action because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America and I am a proud American citizen,” Bachmann said in a statement. “I am, and always have been, 100 percent committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America. As the daughter of an Air Force veteran, stepdaughter of an Army veteran and sister of a Navy veteran, I am proud of my allegiance to the greatest nation the world has ever known.”

Bachmann said yesterday that she’s been a full-fledged Swiss citizen by marriage since 1978 and that all she and her husband did this week was “update our documents.” A day later, the big reversal. Was she getting serious political flak for this back home, or was she already tired of the left’s inevitable “Bachmann *hearts* Eurosocialism” jabs? (See, e.g., the Schultz clip below.) CNN notes drily in reporting on this that would-be presidents need to be “natural born” U.S. citizens, a constitutional clause born of fears of dual loyalty in the C-in-C. Maybe that’s why she switched: She’s planning another run in 2016 or 2020 and knew that the media would have endless fun giving her a taste of Birther medicine next time.


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Ohhhhh the irony. These people have no shame.

preallocated on May 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Who?

cableguy615 on May 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Unstable.

portlandon on May 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM

But after the news had been public for less than 48 hours, she issued a Thursday afternoon follow-up: “Today I sent a letter to the Swiss Consulate requesting withdrawal of my dual Swiss citizenship.”

I’m sure Obama campaign a k a Leno , Letterman, Kimmel, Stewart and Colbert will report it just as they reported about her getting Swiss citizenship , right ?

burrata on May 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Wha?? I would’ve bet cash money (even tho Gay Day is over) that this thread would’ve been about Mr. Romney’s endorsement today of gays adopting Gaybies! Oh, well. QOTD, mebbe?

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 10, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Jimmy Kimmel Schwyzerteustch!

Apologetic California on May 10, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Gosh she’s an idiot.

IR-MN on May 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I don’t understand the feigned outrage.

Bmore on May 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

This is a gutsy call.

To the Bachman veterans, we honor your service protecting us from the Swiss Taliban.

CorporatePiggy on May 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

What a maroon.

melchitt on May 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Ontopic:

Good thing Mrs. Bachmann hasn’t renounced delicious cocoa. I can still Fed Ex her this case of “Swiss Miss”!

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Swiss Miss no more.

Philly on May 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

That’s a lovely photo of Michele.

Dack Thrombosis on May 10, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Was she getting serious political flak for this back home, or was she already tired of the left’s inevitable “Bachmann *hearts* Eurosocialism” jabs

Well, even some clown at NRO suggested that it was “outrageous” that Bachmann got dual citizenship.

Besides, Switzerland is the last country I would consider part of “Eurosocialism”. Switzerland is far more to the right than Minnesota by most measures.

Norwegian on May 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Had to be done. How else would we know who’s side she’s on in the coming Swiss-American war?

I’m so stealin’ that …..LOL

And don’t be so sure about us invading the Swiss.

There’s gold in them thar hills!

The Ugly American on May 10, 2012 at 7:05 PM

It would’ve given her some cachet.

Apologetic California on May 10, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I think she’s had the dual citizenship since 1978. The only thing they did recently was renew the passports. When you’re traveling in places where people don’t like Americans, it’s nice to have another option.

RBMN on May 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Once she accepted that citizenship she lost her natural born American status and was ineligible to run for President.

I love Bachmann, but there are no questions about this. She’s still great and a great American. She’s just not eligible for the Presidency.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

…another daily diversion by the LSM… they have 180 more days to go!
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…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Once she accepted that citizenship she lost her natural born American status and was ineligible to run for President.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Say what?

CorporatePiggy on May 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM

So, the Daily Kos was wrong that she just wanted socialist healthcare?

bernverdnardo1 on May 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Next up, Bachmann backs Chase losing 4 billion today.

Come on, media, run it!

Limerick on May 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Once she accepted that citizenship she lost her natural born American status and was ineligible to run for President.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I see you have no idea what you are talking about.

JPeterman on May 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I had no problem with it. This is bizarre. Flakey, even.

thebrokenrattle on May 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

If we go to war with Switzerland, she’s toast.

RBMN on May 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I see you have no idea what you are talking about.

JPeterman on May 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM

That’s for the courts to decide … if this would ever get into a court. But it’s clear that the Founders did NOT include American dual citizens in the category of “natural born citizen” as they didn’t allow American dual citizenship, at all.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

When even Michele BACHMAN of all people is considered too worldly by the ‘Merican public, simply because she had a dual citizenship, you know you’ve got a problem?

Soon Americans will poking fun and criticizing at those Americans who hold passports as being anti-American.

Xenophobia and “patriotic” posturing is sooo old-type.

Daikokuco on May 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Besides, Switzerland is the last country I would consider part of “Eurosocialism”. Switzerland is far more to the right than Minnesota by most measures.

Norwegian on May 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Ah another Swiss-pusher here who has delusions about what a bastion of freedom and liberty Scwheiz is. You read somewhere about their full auto rifles and know they aren’t in the EU, so you automatically assume they are a limited government conservative paradise. Look into Swiss environmental laws and all their government entitlement/benefit programs. Its far more to the left of California by most measures.

Daikokuco on May 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Xenophobia and “patriotic” posturing is sooo old-type.

I don’t think it was your stawmen attacking her on the issue. Check out the leftist websites.

bernverdnardo1 on May 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

She spun that one faster than Stephane Lambiel. Wow.

McDuck on May 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

#obamaforgot hashtag now trending on Twitter…

#really

Purple Fury on May 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

MSDNC has now officially whined about this stupid nonsense topic more than they ever questioned Obama’s life story.

Speedwagon82 on May 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I don’t think it was your stawmen attacking her on the issue. Check out the leftist websites.

bernverdnardo1 on May 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

What makes you think I wasn’t referring to democrats, tool?

Daikokuco on May 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM

This is such a non-item, except for the very, very, very stupid lefties, who claim to be so eclectic and eridite…fools are indignant.

or was she already tired of the left’s inevitable “Bachmann *hearts* Eurosocialism” jabs?

Fools again. Switzerland has 4 parties of which 3 are very conservative. Each household has guns. They never joined the EU and are doing very well outside. The Swiss are a good proud people.

One more thing, after 9 months on ‘welfare’ all are out. Either they learn something in 9 months or they get tossed.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

erudite

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

What makes you think I wasn’t referring to democrats, tool?

They’re not really known for their patriotic posturing.

Poopyface.

bernverdnardo1 on May 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Actually when you consider that the Swiss were entirely complicit with the Nazis, this starts to make sense.

CorporatePiggy on May 10, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Fools again. Switzerland has 4 parties of which 3 are very conservative. Each household has guns. They never joined the EU and are doing very well outside. The Swiss are a good proud people.

Very conservative SOCIALISTS and if you really think that any of us are going to fall for your attempts to hide the socialists under the rug on HotAir, think again.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

There are 2 possible reasons for this:

1. Bachmann did not want to be a citizen of a country which has been known to send troops into another country without provocation. (http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,127280,00.html)

2. Bachmann did not want to be a citizen of a country which can’t make up its mind about what that official national language is.

malclave on May 10, 2012 at 7:47 PM

That was stupid oh her, if there’s one country in Europe worth having the citizenship of (on top of the US one, I mean) that’ would be Switzerland. Solid economy, neutral in times of war, solid banking system, not in the euro zone, and traditionally on the right side of politics ( see their draconian immigration laws, etc)

jimver on May 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Of her that is…

jimver on May 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM

What’s the Debt now, $17 trillion? Enough with these stupid dog and pony shows.

ConservativeLA on May 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

The Olympics are coming up, so this is definitely the season for finding new citizens in strange places.

RBMN on May 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Schitz is just as dumb as he looks.

jukin3 on May 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I just love the smell of burning meme in the morning…

coldwarrior on May 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I don’t understand the feigned outrage.

Bmore on May 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I agree, except some of my more literalist friends now feel that she should never be President…just as they believe of Marco Rubio.

Kalifornia Kafir on May 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

ha ha ha she is such a f*cking moron.

What about her clown husband’s dual citizenship?

By her own words and actions, she feels dual citizenship and perfect allegiance to America can’t coexist.

Dave Rywall on May 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

ha ha ha she is such a f*cking moron.

What about her clown husband’s dual citizenship?

By her own words and actions, she feels dual citizenship and perfect allegiance to America can’t coexist.

Dave Rywall on May 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

And your nation of choice is…?

RBMN on May 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Aren’t dual citizens ineligible to hold the office of the President?

nazo311 on May 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Cripes, she was a dual citizen BY MARRIAGE not by birth (as the current President was).

Therefore still natural born citizen.

SgtSVJones on May 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

SgtSVJones on May 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

No. Any dual nationality obviates natural born citizen status.

I love Bachmann and she is one of the strongest defenders of America in Washington, but she isn’t eligible for the Presidency. Them’s the rules. It would have been nice if all this had already been hashed out in court as it should have (and the court could have ruled against my interpretation and said that one can hold 136 other citizenships and still be eligible for the Presidency) but they didn’t.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Wow, she’s such a twit.

KrebsCyclist on May 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

to know about MB all one needs to know is she was a former IRS lawyer. this is par for the course when it comes to MB. she simply follows what she thinks people want to hear.

unseen on May 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Good for her. You can’t have mixed loyalties and be part of the government.

We need to ban dual citizenship.

Buddahpundit on May 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM


still surprised that it took her 48 hours to realize that dual citizenship is a royal pain in the butt in regards to taxation paperwork

although, I would not have blamed her if she had opted for dropping her US citizenship; swiss tax is childplay compared with the US tax code which more than 30x larger (and that does not include the state tax laws)

huntingmoose on May 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM

We need to find out right now which members of congress have multi citizenships. They will all need to renounce their foreign citizenship or their American citizenship.

Buddahpundit on May 11, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Has Obama renounced his Indonesian citizenship?

albill on May 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM

If Bachmann wasn’t in politics she would have kept it.
(And she probably realized she probably would soon get a big tax bill from the Swiss government for any past due taxes…)

albill on May 11, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Bmore on May 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Yeah, I don’t get it either. I don’t see anything wrong with dual citizenship myself.

Buddahpundit on May 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Dual citizenship has been around for ages. We are also a nation of immigrants, so we don’t force people to give up their citizenship of their home country if they don’t want to do so.

BigGator5 on May 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM

This is what socialist propaganda does…re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Keep the focus of the idiot masses off of the Marxist.

cajunpatriot on May 11, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I guess it’s an easier subject for the local JournoTards to focus on than the pervert Black Panther piece of garbage at the U of Duluth who has a hankering for following girls into the bathrooms…and having the State of Minnesota acquiesce to his demands to accommodate his perversions.

MNHawk on May 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Dual citizenship has been around for ages. We are also a nation of immigrants, so we don’t force people to give up their citizenship of their home country if they don’t want to do so.

BigGator5 on May 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Yes, we MOST CERTAINLY do. How about reading the Oath of Citizenship (also called the Oath of Renunciation and Allegiance) that naturalizing Americans must take – here’s the start:


I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM