Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's team is fighting back against some Democratic claims that the former Alaska governor is encouraging threats of violence against members of Congress who voted in favor of health care reform.
Democratic officials and liberal Web sites are upset that Palin used an image of crosshairs in a Facebook post this week listing 20 vulnerable Democrats who voted for the legislation. She plans to target them this election year with money from her political action committee.
One House member mentioned the Facebook posting during a Wednesday meeting on safety concerns, a Democratic source told CNN's Dana Bash. Mention of the map brought audible groans to the room, the source said.
Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine released a sharply-worded statement Wednesday night accusing several Republican leaders, including Palin, of inciting dangerous behavior.
"Republican leaders are themselves engaging in actions and rhetoric that previously would have been limited to fringe elements of the Republican Party," Kaine said. "Sarah Palin has invoked health care 'death panels' and has now placed gun sights on 20 Members of Congress who supported reform."
An adviser to Palin responded by pointing to several instances in which the former Alaska governor has urged supporters to focus their energies on civil debate and action at the ballot box - not extremist activities.
"We are now the keepers of an honorable tradition of conservative values and good works," Palin said at the national Tea Party Convention in Nashville last month. "We must never forget that it is a sacred trust to carry these ideas forward. It demands civility and it requires decent, constructive, issue-oriented debate."
The adviser also noted that Palin spoke out last year after the murder of abortion provider George Tiller in Kansas, writing on her PAC Web site that "violence is never an answer in advancing the pro-life message."
"Its good that she finally agrees with the Democrats on something," the adviser told CNN. "[House Majority Whip] Jim Clyburn said that silence equals consent, and in this matter she agrees, which is why she has been vocal about condemning violence."
Sen. John McCain, who tapped Palin as his running mate during his 2008 presidential bid, defended Palin's Facebook posting on NBC's "Today Show" Thursday.
"I have seen the rhetoric of targeted districts as long as I've been in politics, please," McCain said. "Any threat of violence is terrible but to say there that there is a targeted district or that we reload or go back into the fight again, please, those are fine, they are used all the time."
She is one sad case.
Palin is useless, just like the rest of the GOP.
They hate democracy, they hate the outcome of elections because the American people do not support their extremist ideology, and they hate our governmnet. They whip up the righht wing extremists and endanger our country, they claim THEY are the victims.
Palin, GOP extremeists, teabaggers, religous consevratives, birthers, glen Beck, Limbaugh, etc...
I they hate the USA (and the majority of Americans who disagree with them) so much, then why don't they just leave the country and go someplace else?
Why tear down the greatest country in the world just because you can't get your way?
This woman is mean and not too bright....on the whole a very unfortunate and unflattering combination. John McCain....he is beyond any hope now....sad.
Although the alleged violence and threats are absolutely deplorable, it needs to be pointed out by the MSM and conservatives that the left has been doing the same things for years with the cheers and support of the left wing nuts. Reference the appalling treatment of Ann Coulter and see some of the wing nut blogs about her.
so let's "torture" McCain's bid for re-election and "bamboo box" him out of Az for good;)
One may smile and smile and be a villain still, says Shakespeare in Hamlet; what she does (crosshairs) is more significant, more effective and more damaging that "speaking out" with mere words.
Sarah Pallin is dangerous. The GOP has become the new voice of intolerent lunatics. They fully intend to highjack the government . They steal elections and intend to turn the government over to deep pocket corporate interests. The Republicans are behaving like true Fascist. They have had their Krystallnacht. What's next? Lynching and concentration camps?
If anyone else did such a horrible thing they would be investigated by the FBI. She is encouraging homeland terrorism and should be brought up on charges for inciting violence. She is a disgusting human being and is all that is wrong with politics and America. Her way or the highway. Kill anyone who opposes you. And she tries to be sly about it all while being right in your face. She is the type of person that uses hateful and racist language and claims to love all and be a good christian. She knows nothing about being a good person. She is a selfish opportunist and an ignorant coward.
Get on your broom and fly away!!!
Sarah Palin is not newsworthy. She wasn't able to supervised her daughter who became a teenage mother. She quit as a governor of Alaska. She doesn't know what she is talking about most of the time and I'm surprise that her fellow republicans are praising her. Good thing she is a beautiful lady BUT SHE HAS A BRAIN THE SIZE OF A PEA.
Unbelievable. This is one of the scariest things I've ever seen...and it's being condoned by people like Palin who command viewership. I have no respect for her or her ilk.
Palin...Reload...I quit my job...Crosshairs...Death Panels...
These words are all associated with the failure called S. Palin,
keep it up girl, we know how to VOTE in LARGE #s and we also know how to read the back of our hand without getting caught!
Hey Sarah, reading anything good these days, maybe your own book that someone else wrote?
Bad mean rifle carrying helicopter hunting people like you belong back on the ranch in the Tundra.
KEEP US DEMOCRATS STIRRED UP BABY !!!!!!
she's a liar
If the same was happening to the other side you would be hearing about commie pinko threats. The republicans are nothing but empty headed terrorists. I know I must have been born in the wrong dimension when a nut job like Palin gets rewarded for being a total sicko.
Sarah spoke against the alleged threats. There is a strong possibility the "threats" came about as an attempt to turn the public anger against anyone else but the arrogant liberals that passed this debacle, and was initiated by the "Chicago Mafia". No tape or cellphone picture has surfaced yet to verify the alleged mistreatment of the congressmen on the Capitol steps. Odds are good it didn't happen.
OK, now she is really scaring me!
"Time to reload"...???? You can't be serious..Sen. McNasty and Palin...."dumb and dumber"...RB
Palin is an idiot- enough said
She wasn't too concerned about keeping things civil and non-violent during her campaign speeches when she almost accused Pres. Obama of being a terrorist and allowed people to shout out horrible things and death threats against him. Actually, it was during that time that the vicious attacks really started and have escalated since then. Maybe she needs to take some credit for the inception of the hatred and partisanship.
Crosshairs? You betcha! These loopy Dems are going to get a major whupping in November.
I wonder if Rush limbaghu left the country yet or he is loading and reloading drugs with bimbo name SARAH.What a joke we know about her knowledge of Issues.We know about her disfunctional family.Somebody like her should sit down in a chair in back yard and spen rest of life looking the sun go down in RUSSIA .
Well, aren't those symbols on the map cross hairs of a high powered rifle? And then she says to reload? Sounds pretty violent to me. Sarah Palin will become irrelevant in a few years.
Are you guys for REAL, Blame it on Sarah Palin, OMG... I hear all this talk about congress getting spat at and called names, i have yet to see ANY footage on this and believe me i have been watching, has any one in the MEDIA checked this information to see how accurate that is?
Violence is not the answer, however till someone is caught and proven guilty no one knows that this is not a tactic of the democrats to make the public feel that they are victims. They know they will face strong opposition in november and it would be just like politicians to stage things like this to draw the sympathy of the voters. Their actions have angered the American public greatly and it shows.The proper way to act is to channel that anger in the voting booth and put them out of office in 2010 and 2012. Then they can be arrogant and out of a job.All they care about is power and getting their names in the history book anyway, not what the public wants or needs.