Is Michele Bachmann really trying to ban Halloween? A recent article on the Free Wood Post website claims that Republican representative Michele Bachman is trying her best to get Halloween banned, claiming that "sucking on Satan's candy bags," as she allegedly calls the trick or treat gleanings, will lead to liberal thinking.
According to the Free Wood Post, "Michele Bachmann, Republican Congressional Representative to Minnesota and founder of the Tea Party Caucus, is at it again. She is calling for a ban on Halloween, stating, 'This holiday is based in Satanism. It's a Pagan ritual to worship Satan and call him forth to the earth, and the liberal elites have added socialism to it. We are in the end days and we must purify our nation if we are to be welcomed into the kingdom of God.'"
The story then goes on to "quote" Bachmann as she shares why she wants to ban Halloween: "We have to ban Halloween to save the children. That's how they indoctrinate them you know. Giving them Satan's candy sacks. Soon you've got a country full of children sucking on Satan's sacks and thinking liberal thoughts instead of good Christian ones."
So is Michele Bachmann trying to ban Halloween? True or false?
While the Free Wood Post website disclaimer clearly names itself satire, and even under the header it says, "News that's almost reliable," quite a number of people still missed the header altogether and have taken the satire article as gospel truth. The article was posted earlier this week and has been shared at breakneck pace on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Reddit.
Of course, some people have done what they could to let folks know this is not a factual report. Others, however, appear to be trying to proliferate the rumor. Indeed, Internet hoaxes are nothing new and it takes very little time for "news" to travel word-of-mouth and for large portions of the internet to begin buzzing a lie.
This year we've seen numerous political hoaxes spread like wildfire by those who are a little too trusting or just too lazy to check facts, with many of these hoaxes targeting President Obama. With everything from President Obama having a mental breakdown, to reports of him calling Putin a jack*ss to his face, and even the latest false rumor that he is being impeached, political hoaxes on the web are nothing new. Though none of these stories are true, they have nonetheless spread quickly, radically misinforming massive groups of individuals.
If you're not convinced, just take a look at a few of the tweets we gathered below showing people's responses to the "news" that Michele Bachmann wants to ban Halloween. In addition, if you see someone spreading the misinformation, do them a favor and share this article so that everyone keeps their stories straight.
WATCH: Michele Bachmann Wants to Ban Halloween, "Sucking on Satan's Candy Sacks Leads to Liberalism"
Twitter responds to article saying Michele Bachmann wants to ban Halloween
No idea if this is true or not, but in either case Michele Bachmann is an idiot. http://t.co/YtYjxLtZM4
— DeLuca (@rucaradio) October 18, 2013
"...a country full of children sucking on Satan's [candy] sacks and thinking liberal thoughts..." Oh, Michelle. http://t.co/cMrIcKX9sj — Scott Pierce (@scottpierce) October 18, 2013
GUYS. GUYS. Michele Bachmann wants to ban Halloween because she doesn't want kids "sucking on Satan's candy sacks". SHE ACTUALLY SAID THAT.
— Shannon Fox (@shannonfox) October 18, 2013
This woman is just as crazy as Sarah Palin. Just as ignorant too. http://t.co/sdA62RGsRv — John Colbert (@jrcolbert) October 18, 2013
— Martin Hebrank (@mhebrank) October 18, 2013
This woman is destroying her party... http://t.co/9tbwEKYQa8 — Dustin Park (@CheeseTheGreat) October 18, 2013
— Sarah Martin (@mercermayi) October 18, 2013
So Michele Bachmann has completely lost what's left of her already warped mind and wants to ban Halloween to save the children? Duhwhatttttt — Darius Frick (@fariusdrick) October 18, 2013
Now I have absolutely no idea who this woman is..... just strikes me she's rather misinformed http://t.co/OOtDiS0QXJ
— Margaret Lindsay (@theCraftySoapCo) October 18, 2013
Seriously? This debate again? Someone tell @MicheleBachmann to shut her trap please. http://t.co/MN8SJV8Nws — Hunter Cook (@Di5tur8ed) October 18, 2013
MIchele Bachmann wants to ban halloween uh that frigid bitch needs to be laid who the hell thinks halloween is satanism??
— nancy botwin (@EmZeltner28) October 18, 2013
She is just such a lunatic. I wonder what she's like when she gets home from work. Do you think she keeps it go... http://t.co/QQoypXmDnz — Gene Lewis (@glewtion) October 18, 2013
Best Michele Bachmann quote ever... "..soon you've got a country full of children sucking on Satan's sacks..." http://t.co/mmlig3HqI9
— Leo ó Seachnasaigh (@leoie) October 18, 2013
MIchele Bachmann wants to ban halloween uh that frigid bitch needs to be laid who the hell thinks halloween is satanism?? — nancy botwin (@EmZeltner28) October 18, 2013
She is just such a lunatic. I wonder what she's like when she gets home from work. Do you think she keeps it go... http://t.co/QQoypXmDnz
— Gene Lewis (@glewtion) October 18, 2013
Best Michele Bachmann quote ever... "..soon you’ve got a country full of children sucking on Satan’s sacks..." http://t.co/mmlig3HqI9 — Leo Ó Seachnasaigh (@leoie) October 18, 2013