Michele Bachmann's campaign is trying to back away from signing a pledge claiming African Americans were better off during slavery than under the Obama presidency.
But in issuing the quasi-apology, the Bachmann campaign remained unable to relinquish the main underlying point: that black people are better off as free citizens than they were during slavery.
In fact, Bachmann spokesman Alice Stewart purposely drew yet another allusion to slavery on Sunday by describing life under Obama as a form of "economic slavery."
"In no uncertain terms, Congresswoman Bachmann believe[s] that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible."
One of the main ways in which Bachmann claims we are being economically enslaved by Obama is through his enactment of a national healthcare system. During a 2009 speech, Bachmann famously referred to Obama's healthcare plan as slavery through taxation.
"This is slavery...It's nothing more than slavery," Bachmann intoned.
Now compare that to the healthcare plan that was available to actual slaves: