March 25th, 2010
04:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin 'has been vocal about condemning violence,' aide says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="An image on Sarah Palin's Facebook page featuring crosshairs on certain Democratic districts is causing an uproar ."]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."

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soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. haren

    She should be arrested as domestic terrorist.
    Obama is not terrorist but she is clearly a terrorist by her action.

    March 25, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. Lori in St Pete

    Is that why she used crosshairs on a map to indicate where the Dems are? Is that why she encouraged the wingnuts to not retreat, but reload?

    March 25, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. just dumb

    She just doesn't get it. I don't think she means for harm to come, but she and her ilk are unintentionally causing violence.

    Just read the denials on this page (I'll bet), for more of the same.

    March 25, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Bill

    She has been far more vocal in inciting and encouraging violence in her speeches at rallys, the Tea Party, and in her written comments.

    March 25, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Cat, Holt, Mo

    This moron does nothing BUT incite violence. She is so stupid. This blithering idiot will stop at nothing to start a race or civil war. If this dumber than dirt moron, would stop and think, I don't believe she can do that, but stop and think about what she is saying and how people are going to react to her violent suggestions. She is a danger to this country and someone needs to stick a foot in her mouth and up her butt.

    March 25, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. katie

    Well, this is how she keeps her name in the news. I haven't ever heard her say anything about the bad behavior except to try and justify it. The article says she has commented to take the anger to the ballot box, but I have never heard her say anything like that and I follow things pretty closely.

    March 25, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Karl

    Sarah Palin purported the violence, and the evidence is vastly known by the left that condemns it, and right that will ultimately act upon it.

    March 25, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. CR

    The GOP should disown her. She is inciting domestic terrorism. There is no place for this in politics. None. No excuse.

    March 25, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Bubble of Sanity

    It's funny how the same hypocrites who defended a movie in which Bush is assassinated, the same hypocrites who laughed when a mannequin of Palin was hung in effigy - that these are the same hypocrites who get offended when they see this "cross hairs" thing.

    Anyone who thinks that Palin, or any leader in either the Republican or Democratic parties, would advocate violence – anyone who would susupect that - no other word describes them except maybe "idiot."

    March 25, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. TangledThorns

    The Dems are crying again over what Sarah Palin says. I can't wait till she runs Obama out of office in 2012!

    March 25, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Cowgirl

    Actions speak louder than words! Sarah should apologize, not make excuses!! She posted a target list, with gun imagery and language!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Dar

    If this were a Dem putting the cross hairs on a Repub all you left wing haters would be laughing your butts off.
    The Dems who are afraid are the ones who know they did something wrong when they voted for the HC Bill. They went against the will of the people of their states and went with Odumbo. Good luck with that.

    March 25, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Tram

    Why does this surprise anyone? The GOP is filled with hate-mongering terrorists. We don't have to fear Al Queda attacking the US any time soon. We just have to worry about the GOP and their followers to attack people and rob us of our civil liberties like they did under the Bush regime.

    March 25, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. jane

    Palin and a number of high-profile opponents of health insurance reform know very well how to send signals to the crazies out there, and that's just what they're doing. Please don't think we are naive enough to think otherwise. It's a disgrace.

    March 25, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. get real

    She many not be encouraging it but words matter. some psychos out their take things literally. She has been walking this fine line since the campaign. Is it going to take someone getting hurt before people cut back on the words they may think are witty and that play well to their base, while others take it as a call to action. Wise up people. Does anyone remember Timothy McVeigh (sp). He was all for taking the government back also, only he took it literally.

    March 25, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Jeff in Virginia

    Total and complete hogwash! Palin is one of the most inflammatory characters on the national political stage today, and has been for some time.

    I clearly remember her rhetoric during the 2008 campaign, telling her supporters that they were the "real Americans", further driving this wedge of "us vs. them".

    One of her supporters is going to kill somebody before the next election, you can count on it.

    March 25, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Conservative values, according to Sarah includes, " . . . starting a revolution." She is not bright enough to realize most who listen to her are mentally challenged and actually believe her. We really avoided a catastrophe when Americans soundly said, "No!" to her and McCain.

    March 25, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Kit

    I noticed a friend on facebook had Sarah Palin as a fan or friend..I have lost all respect for that friend.

    March 25, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Tam

    It will come to a death of a legislator or a member of his/her family. I'm afraid of that. And the supporters of gun possession are the ones who will be involved. I don't want this, I abhor this, but some whacko will do this. God help America.

    March 25, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. djdjdjs

    She and the other nutjobs see guns as the answer to all their problems.

    No surprise here.

    March 25, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Angie in PA

    Putting gun targerts on the districts of the Democrats that voted for Healthcare and telling people to Reload and fire up IS PROMOTING VIOLENCE

    Death panels
    lets take back america
    were losing our freedoms

    She is installing fear in people rallying up the Timothy Mcveighs hasnt these Political figures learned from past history what could happen this lady is gonna get someone KILLED SHE NEEDS TO BE STOPPED!! Someone sit this moron down slowly explain to her that what she is doing is not good for America And if someone gets hurt SHE IS RESPONSIBLE!!!!

    March 25, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Andrew

    Palin needs to go. The more we give her a forum to express her warped and self promoting ideas, the worse the country gets.

    Someone should file a lawsuit against her linking her posting to attacks on congress. Provocation or something.

    March 25, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. T

    After seeing Michael Steele's picture of Pelosi that made her look almost satanic, are we really surprised by any of this stuff??

    March 25, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    the implication of the map is clear....

    March 25, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Michael

    Yes, using hunting imagery when referring to people is a great way to condemn violence.
    Another demonstration of Palin's IQ/ shoe size correspondence.

    March 25, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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