Article


Article Code : 139508171049595002412

Article Title : Michele Bachmann’s Political Views on Iran

Journal Number : 22 Summer 2015

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List of Authors

  Full Name Email Grade Degree Corresponding Author
1 Elaheh Nourigholamizadeh elahehnouri@ut.ac.ir - -
2 Mehdi Mohammadi mehdimohammadi7721@gmail.com - -

Abstract

The Tea Party Movement (TPM) is a grassroots conservative reactionary movement that according to the Washington Post’s, Christopher Parker, sees changes in traditional conservative values as a direct threat to its way of life. Initially started as an opposition to the fiscal policies of Barack Obama, the TPM soon embraced radicalism and adopted various hardline stances toward various domestic and foreign issues, ranging from the Obamacare to the recent JCPOA accord with the Islamic Republic of Iran. An influential figure within the TPM is the provocative and uncontrollably vocal former U.S congresswoman from Minnesota, whose controversial views have consistently made headlines in the media and the press. The so-called “undisputed queen of the TPM,” Michele Bachmann was never a shy person in expressing her support of Israel as well as her questionable antagonism towards Muslims and more importantly, the Islamic Republic of Iran. This study aims to investigate political views of Michele Bachmann on major domestic and foreign issues, as well as her stance regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran, by utilizing qualitative-based systematic review and content analysis of official documents, congressional records and the media coverage. A new perspective is offered to the understanding of republican-sponsored radicalism that the TPM employs vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. Furthermore, it is shown that the TPM and its members have negative views with regard to Iran and adopt anti-Iran stances that parallel of today’s Republican Party.