(CNN) – Sarah Palin is responding to heat from some commentators that her at-times charged rhetoric during the 2010 campaign may have helped inspire attacks against government officials similar to that which occurred in Tucson, Arizona over the weekend.
"I hate violence," Palin told Fox News' Glenn Beck in an e-mail, which Beck relayed on his radio program Monday morning. "I hate war. Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this." Palin's response was first reported by Politico.
The comments from Palin follow those over the weekend from Palin aide Rebecca Monsour, who chastised critics who tried to link the former Alaska governor to the shooting Saturday that left Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition.
Some critics have cited a Facebook posting by Palin last march that placed a crosshair over several Democratic-controlled congressional districts, including that of Giffords. Palin also tweeted at the time: "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!"
"We are all looking at our Twitter feeds and I am seeing people and it's really sad," Mansour told conservative host Tammy Bruce. "People actually accuse Gov. Palin of this. It's appalling. Appalling. I cannot even express how disgusting that is."