Short and sweet: Michele Bachmann said on a recent public event that someone had told her vaccine to prevent cervical cancer had caused her daughter to be retarded.
Bachmann has since said she was only repeating what she was told, not saying it was true. That this, by her own admission, makes her an irresponsible twit who repeats any piece of crud she is told does not speak well of her, especially as one who thinks we should put her in charge of the nation’s nuclear weapons.
But then an ethicist challenged her to prove her claim (click), or publically recant it and apologize. She has not answered this, nor responded, nor recanted, nor done anything to make the damage her public statement did less harmful. There has been enough fear over vaccines already by one irresponsible medical researcher, we don’t need irresponsible politicians making it worse. People will die.
So her failure to admit her mistake and make amends makes her a coward.
There is nothing lower. She should withdraw from the race tonight, if not sooner.