Bachmann compares Obama to Germanwings pilot
Former Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannEvangelicals shouldn't be defending Trump in tiff over editorial Mellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations MORE (R-Minn.) on Tuesday compared President Obama to the Germanwings co-pilot accused of intentionally crashing the plane he was flying last week.
 
“With his Iran deal, Barack Obama is for the 300 million souls of the United States what Andreas Lubitz was for the 150 souls on the German Wings flight — a deranged pilot flying his entire nation into the rocks,” Bachmann wrote on her official Facebook page.
 
“After the fact, among the smoldering remains of American cities, the shocked survivors will ask, ‘Why did he do it?’ ” she continued.
 
The former lawmaker’s post had been shared more than 1,500 times as of Wednesday afternoon, and drew a slew of comments — some favorable, some not.
 
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Prosecutors last week said Lubitz likely crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps “intentionally” on March 24. The crash left no survivors, killing all 150 passengers and crew aboard the Airbus A320, including Lubitz.
 
Crash investigators on Friday revealed Lubitz might have torn up a doctor’s note excusing him from work the day of the flight. The evidence emerged after they searched the co-pilot’s Dusseldorf, Germany, home after the tragedy.
 
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) vowed Friday he would work towards preventing similar events aboard domestic flights piloted by American pilots.
 
Congress will partner with the Federal Aviation Administration, he said, to ensure the safety of all U.S. passengers and aviation crews going forward.
 
“As we continue to learn the facts of this tragedy, we need to be sure that the procedures and protocols in place in our aviation system can prevent a similar incident here,” Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said in a statement.
 
Bachmann’s remarks come amid concerns over Obama’s negotiations with Iran. The White House is hoping to reach a deal with Tehran to slow or stop its pursuit of nuclear arms in exchange for economic sanctions relief.
 
The administration on Tuesday missed a self-imposed March 31 deadline for a tentative bargain with Iran.
 
Talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, stalled this week over multiple points. Iran balked at the speed of sanctions relief, while the U.S. and its allies still had concerns over how long it could keep Iran from making nuclear bombs.
 
Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia are aiding the U.S. side of the bargaining table. The White House said Wednesday negotiations had been “productive” but that no deal had been reached.