Michele Bachmann: 600K died in the Civil War to ‘extinguish slavery’ (Nope — half of them died to preserve slavery)

During a recent interview, Michele Bachmann pushed back on the claim that there’s systemic racism in America by citing the Civil War, saying that it was an example of America’s devotion to eradicate slavery in the U.S.

“We all know that there was slavery in America’s history,” Bachmann said in an audio clip flagged by Right Wing Watch. “But no other nation did was America did — 600,000 people voluntarily gave their lives to extinguish slavery forever in the United States. No other nation did that. We extinguished it and we went from there to continue to deal with that issue.”

According to Bachmann, to act like “the United States is still a plantation filled with slave masters is just a falsehood.”

“And it’s creating a disharmony, especially in communities of color,” she said.

As Right Wing Watch point out, Bachmann’s example isn’t entirely correct, given the fact that almost half of the 620,000 people who died in the Civil War were from the South.

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