This claim, of course, is patently false, as confirmed by just about every medical professional in the country. In fact, studies claim that reparative therapy is harmful to those patients and can lead to suicide attempts.
So when ABC News attempted to pin Bachmann down on the issue, she clumsily tried to sidestep the issue by talking about jobs. From ThinkProgress:
"HOST: What is your opinion on reparative therapy and is it something that’s conducted in that center?
"BACHMANN: Well, I’m running for the Presidency of the United States and I’m here to talk about job creation and that we do have a business that deals with job creation. I’m very proud of the business that we created and I’m here today in Indianola, Iowa….
"HOST: But of course the issue today is about this reparative therapy and about what this hidden camera caught and their opinions are going to be aired on tonight’s news. And you don’t want to comment on that and give your side?
"BACHMANN: Well, I’m here to talk about the Presidency of the United States. As I said again, we’re very proud of our business and we’re proud of all job creators in the United States. That’s what people really care about."
You're right, Michele. What people care about is job creation! However, you built your career on something entirely different. Up until this point, since she very first started her career in politics as a State Senator, Bachmann has built the core of her platform on anti-gay policy. Jeremy Hooper from GoodAsYou (the hottest news nerd I know) succinctly and thoroughly put it all together:
"But wait a second -- this is someone who sent around a mass email saying that those Minnesota senators who ignored her warnings about same-sex marriage would be like those soldiers who ignored warnings regarding Pearl Harbor. Someone who went on radio shows claiming that same-sex marriage legalizes 'sexual anarchy.' Someone who's said, 'If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.' Someone who proudly endorses 'ex-gays' who've escaped the 'bondage of sin.' Someone who has quite literally fostered a career on these kinds of misplaced priorities."
Jeremy Hooper (right) with Pam Spaulding. No, really, he's that hot.
Seriously, Bachmann? Now that you've built a career out of anti-LGBT politics and tainted money from the oppression of suffering homosexuals, you think you can just ditch it all and pretend you never said this shit? Uh, uh, honey. That ain't gonna fly, not in this election.