President Obama Praises Target of Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy Theory

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The president joined everyone from Hillary Clinton to John McCain in dismissing Michele Bachmann's nutty claims about Huma Abedin's supposed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (the Islamic organization also called the accusation "ridiculous.") Bachmann's fellow Minnesota representative Keith Ellison has described her antics as a "McCarthyistic witch hunt," but Obama took a slightly more subtle approach during a White House dinner marking the end of fasting during Ramadan: While he didn't address the attacks directly, he called Abedin "an American patriot" and "an example of what we need in this country — more public servants with her sense of decency, her grace and her generosity of spirit."