Former Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is comparing President Obama to the mentally unstable co-pilot who authorities believe intentionally crashed his German airliner last week in the French Alps and killed everyone onboard.

In a posting Tuesday on her Facebook page she wrote, "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 (sic) flight — a deranged pilot flying his entire nation into the rocks. After the fact, among the smoldering remains of American cities, the shocked survivors will ask, why did he do it?"

The United States is engaged in multinational negotiations aimed at trying to persuade Iran to limit its capability to produce nuclear weapons.

The posting by the Republican from Stillwater, who represented a generally northern swath of Twin Cities suburbs from 2007 to 2015, has been "liked" on her Facebook page nearly 7,400 times in the less than 24 hours since it went live.

Her Twitter account has been busy in recent days criticizing the Democratic president's strategy in the nuclear arms negotiations with the Islamic republic.

Bachmann, while in office and during her presidential campaign in 2012, has had a history of edgy public comments on everything from sexuality to global warming to concerns about the IRS overstepping in Americans' lives.

Her questioning of the patriotism of her colleagues in Congress during a national television interview was among her most talked-about remarks.

Being that Wednesday is April Fools' Day, Bachmann nodded to the day in a separate post on Facebook and Twitter of a video she described as a "family favorite" involving rigging a precisely aimed kitchen sink sprayer so it spritzes the unwitting person who turns on the water.

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