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Thomas Roberts: Michele Bachmann Would 'Extinguish' Gay People (VIDEO)

First Posted: 07/22/11 03:49 PM ET Updated: 09/21/11 06:12 AM ET

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Openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts had some very harsh words for Michele Bachmann and the GOP on Friday.

Roberts was speaking to Jimmy DeSalvia, the head of GOProud, a gay Republican organization, about Bachmann. DeSalvia said it was important to "replace" a "failed president," and that his organization had reached out to all the GOP presidential candidates. (Bachmann is known for her ferocious opposition to gay rights, and video footage has shown that a clinic she co-owns practices so-called "conversion therapy" on gay people.)

"You will replace [Obama] with a person who would extinguish you," Roberts said to DeSalvia. He adding that Bachmann is someone who "doesn't believe that you have a right in this country to get married, that believes you don't even have a right in this country to be gay because she co-owns a clinic that will convert you."

Roberts has proved to be a tough questioner when it comes to gay issues. In June, he had a feisty conversation with the head of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes gay marriage. He's also scrutinized Bachmann's record on gay rights before.

Watch (via Daily Caller):

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Filed by Jack Mirkinson  |