Former congresswoman and regular predictor of the impending apocalypse Michele Bachmann said in a Friday interview that the 2016 presidential race would be the country’s “last election.”
“I don’t want to be melodramatic but I do want to be truthful,” the evangelical Christian said in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “Brody File.” “I believe without a shadow of a doubt this is the last election. This is it. This is the last election.”
Bachmann, who advises Donald Trump on religious issues and foreign policy, explained that demographic change in the United States posed a disadvantage to Republican candidates since the country’s growing share of minority voters were more inclined to vote for Democrats.
“It’s a math problem of demographics and a changing United States,” she said. “If you look at the numbers of people who vote and who lives in the country and who Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton want to bring in to the country, this is the last election when we even have a chance to vote for somebody who will stand up for godly moral principles. This is it.”
Bachmann said that if Clinton were elected, she would offer “wholesale amnesty” to undocumented immigrants “so that Republicans will never again have the chance at winning Florida or Texas” and therefore be unable to secure the White House.
“She’s going to change the demographics of the United States so that no Republican will ever win again,” Bachmann insisted.
While Bachmann is right that demographic predictions from groups like the Pew Research Center indicate that non-Hispanic whites will no longer constitute the largest share of the population by 2050, that trend was in place long before the 2016 race. Immigration to the United States from Latin American and Asian countries, a lower birthrate among white mothers, an aging white population and higher birthrates among newer immigrant communities have helped drive the share of the non-white population upwards over the last few decades.
The GOP acknowledged this changing demographic landscape in the so-called “autopsy” report published by the Republican National Committee after Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election. The report found that Republicans needed to do a better job appealing to black, Latino and female voters if they wanted to ensure future electoral victories.
Trump has earned support among the party’s base with a strident anti-immigrant message and explicit appeals to the frustration of white voters who feel they’ve been left behind, turning off many minority voters in the process.
h/t Kyle Griffin