Former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) — an outspoken Christian who frequently infuriated liberals but also caught the ire of the likes of Glenn Beck and Fox News' Neil Cavuto while she was in office — said over the weekend she's "never seen a more biblical president than I have seen in Donald Trump."
Bachmann — who chose last year not to run for the U.S. Senate after retiring from her House seat in 2014 — made her Trump comments during an interview with "Understanding the Times," a conservative Christian radio program for which she's a frequent guest.
What did Bachmann say?
After praising Trump's economic policies, deregulation efforts, and support of the pro-life cause and religious freedom, Bachmann said the president's move to allow persecuted Christians from other countries into America "flipped on its head" the policies of former President Barack Obama.
"We could go on what the president has done with standing for righteousness in so many areas," she added.
Transgenders in the military
Bachmann also said Obama "demanded and commanded that our military services had to literally go out and recruit people who are transgender to come into the military. Well, it costs about a quarter of a million dollars to do sex-reassignment surgery. Why would you recruit people who would come in and have sex-reassignment surgery and be on the sidelines? It made no sense, so Donald Trump got rid of that mandate and that requirement."
Indeed, Trump's ban on transgenders in the U.S. military took effect last week, turning back Obama's policy, which itself was a reversal of a longstanding policy against transgenders in the armed forces.
Bachmann added that Trump "has stood up where most Republicans wouldn't dare to stand up. Donald Trump has had the courage and the fortitude, and I will say to your listeners in my lifetime I have never seen a more biblical president than I have seen in Donald Trump."
Calling Trump "highly biblical," Bachmann also said "we will in all likelihood never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetimes. So we need to be not only praying for him; we need to support him, in my opinion, in every possible way that we can."
The relevant portion of Bachmann's interview begins after the 28-minute mark:
What else has Bachmann said about Trump?
A few months before Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election, Bachmann said "God raised up" Trump to face off with Hillary Clinton.
"I don't think God sits things out. He's a sovereign God. Donald Trump became our nominee," she said at the time to the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Bachmann also cited Scripture in relation to her point: "Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know, but I do know that the Bible is true and that Daniel teaches the most high God, which is one of God's names, is the one who lifts up who he will and takes down who he will."
And six months into Trump's presidency, Bachmann remarked that he's a "man of prayer, and a man who loves to receive prayer. He is a man who, I do believe, understands who the God of the Bible is, and he wants to lift up the God of the Bible here in the United States."