Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) said Monday that her comments that a recent earthquake and Hurricane Irene were a message from God were a joke, Reuters reported.
“Of course I was being humorous when I said that. It would be absurd to think it was anything else,” Bachmann said at an event in Miami.
The congresswoman was criticized for remarks over the weekend about the cause of recent natural disasters.
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” she told an audience in Sarasota, Fla., over the weekend. “We’ve had an earthquake, we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’” she told an audience in Sarasota, Fla., over the weekend.
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake with a Virginia epicenter struck last Tuesday. Hurricane Irene hit the U.S. mainland Saturday, moving up the Eastern Seaboard and causing billions of dollars in damage from North Carolina to New England.