Michele Bachmann renounces Swiss citizenship

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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David Strom 6:41 PM on January 26, 2023