When word got out that Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., had filed for an acquired Swiss citizenship back on March 19, she got slammed with an icy avalanche of criticism from conservative blogs, reports Politico.com.
By Thursday of this past week, the former GOP presidential contender announced she was withdrawing her citizenship in a country her husband holds dual citizenship with.
Bachmann’s trumpeting of her new citizenship didn’t sit well with conservatives.
Among her detractors was Mark Krikorian of the National Review.
“Dual citizenship isn’t simply a matter of convenience, a way to make travel easier or a sentimental tie to the Auld Sod,” Krikorian added in a piece headlined “Swiss Miss.” “It’s a formal declaration of divided allegiance, civic bigamy, if you will,” Krikorian wrote.
Bachmann’s husband holds dual citizenship as a matter of birth, and the U.S. government sees no problem with such status and does not require such dual citizens to renounce their citizenship outside the United States.
But the United States does discourage citizens, like Bachmann, from seeking and applying for dual citizenship and warns such citizens may lose their U.S. citizenship.
The State Department website states: “A person%