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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  1. James Miller

    Kinda like apologizing and winking at the same time-- isn`t it !!!!

    March 25, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Helen

    Of course McCain or any other GOP see anything wrong with the violence. They insite other nuts to what they want to do themselves. They will see come November who they have hurt. They will pay at the polls.

    How low and desperate can they be. How many times did the GOP pass bills that the Democrats didn't agree with.

    March 25, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    President Obama's "otherness," the Real America as opposed to the "other" America, he pals around with terrorists. Who's the terrorist here? The Republicans use fear to try and keep us in line, and Palin just puts a pretty face on it. Instilling fear is the definition of terrorism.

    When someone is caught in the crosshairs and killed, will she feel any responsibility? Probably about as much as Bill O'Reilly chanting night after night "Dr. Tiller the baby killer," until someone killed Dr. Tiller.

    This is dangerous. We're being terrorized by people who want to be back in power, real "patriots." The Republicans own this, and at some point we're no longer going to buy it when they try to backpedal from it with their usual "who, me?" My only hope is no one gets hurt or killed. Our history is not in our favor.

    March 25, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Andy

    Dems/Liberals voted against 77% of America after arm twisting/back room deal/pork/lies/etc. and NOW want me to believe them-FORGET IT THE DEM POLITICIANS ARE CRIMINALS-hope the anger continues to November.

    March 25, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. ron mexico

    boo hoo hoo...if you can look at this facebook page and not realize that all she's saying is these districts are going to be targeted, then...I have no words for just how stupid you are.

    March 25, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Kill the Bill before it kills US.

    Clearly, Palin was setting the gun sights on districts not Members of Congress. It appears as though these liberals are getting paranoid now that they've betrayed the American people.

    March 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. filp

    If there wasn't enough evidence that this woman is simply a moron, this is it.

    Palin: "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."

    Really? "Civility"? It's a world that no longer has any weight with Republicans and especially Tea Party members. Never mind "debate." You can't debate when facts become simple irrelevant and logic is defied by simply screaming over anybody you disagree with.

    Let's all thank John McCain for introducing us to Ms. Palin.

    March 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. J

    The Republican Brownshirts are on the loose!

    March 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. steve

    She is like a fly that you keep missing with a newspaper. Let's boycott her show so poor ratings will cause the plug to be pulled. That in turn will dry-up funds from wingnuts to her PAC. With more evidence she has nothing to offer and no money for a microphone maybe she will simply go away and not be heard from and just count her $$.

    March 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Leftcoastblue

    The GOP: Upholding a Republican tradition of being even worse losers than they are at governing when they win.

    Their casual use of gun metaphors and threats of violent revolution reveals them to be nothing less than traitors rebelling against the duly-elected government of our nation. And the leaders of the GOP are as guilty as the craziest right-wingers.

    March 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. gma

    she is a moron and a hatemonger.

    March 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Elle Woods

    I believe if ANYONE who supports President's health care law or supports the President suffers any violent acts because of Palin's words to "reload" at the target points.....then perhaps Palin should be held liable for inciting violence in these areas. I too have a disabled child like Palin......and any threat that she makes I am taking seriously. And McCain too. I am calling my representative, my senator, and local law enforcement authorities on this matter.

    how dare Palin threaten me and my family with gun violence.

    March 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Anne P

    This demonstrates the depth at which these fanatics will go. If only there was an island where these people could all hang out and drink the "tea." Just get them away from civilization! Oh, and on that island none of them would have health insurance, and they can have all the guns they want, and tax breaks too. Let's see how creative they could be as "survivors." Now, that would be reality TV at it's finest!

    March 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. David

    It seems as though Palin and some GOP are becoming more like terrorists than politicians.

    March 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. Billy

    Oh darling Sarah would NEVER do anything to encourage violence or ratchet up emotions amongst those who are intellectually challenged. When else in the recent history of this country has a candidate implied(understatement) that a Presidential candidate is linked with terrorists, in fact he "pals around" with them, causing members in the crowd to shout "traitor" and other lovely characterizations. No ,she's just a "real, hockey mom" American who thinks separation of Church and state is an inconvenient option. It was the embracing of this wonderful human being who pushed me away from voting Republican in the last election. However, a new(or old) set of crazies have taken up the mantle ensuring that folks like me stay as far away from the GOP as is humanly possible. Thanks Sarah!

    March 25, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Horace Matsavage

    I think if the right really knew who the left consisted of they wouldnt be talking all this smack. We are the unions, we are the poor , we are the people who can handle truly tough times. Id even go so far as to guess most of the angels, outlaws, gypsies, and other such brotherhoods are with the people, not the rich fat cats or the religious nut jobs. So be careful right wingers or you may get what you ask for!

    March 25, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Chris

    This is the same sort of crap she used in the campaign so she can save the fake sincerity!!
    The GOP has a group of people that spewing fear and hate and they been doing it since Obama was elected. Those groups are no better than the radical Muslim groups that we are fighting in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan!!

    March 25, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. ARob

    This goes beyond the whole "playing politics"'s irresponsible to rile up a bunch of people who actually think it's a good idea to allow concealed carry in schools, hospitals and public restaurants, and then claim that you're not trying to incite violence. If the last couple years have proven anything, it's that conservatives no longer have any reasonable limits to their methods of getting their way.

    March 25, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. GI Joe

    She has incited violence, hate, fear with her lies since day 1. She used th same intimidation tactics in Alaska.

    People usually get what they give - some nut will take care of her one of these days - and none too soon.

    There - how's that?

    March 25, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Fed Up

    There is no excuse for violence, or even the threat of violence. This just goes to show how upset the electorate is about the way this bill was passed. It doesn't matter, though. They still will not pay attention to anyone but their own pocketbooks and prestige. WIth any luck, they will join the ranks of the Capital lobbyists this November.

    March 25, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Blake

    I have never seen conservatives out in riots or inciting violence. This is a bunch of cr@p. But you know what cry me a river. If you do things that a majority of people are strongly against expect some crazy behavior. Be lucky they didn't do something like overturn aborting babies or their would be blood in streets from all the libs.

    March 25, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Ethel Bailey

    Sarah Palin, go back where you came from , doing your moose hunting and fishing. That all you know you are one DUMB lady who has no class just plain Crazy. What you should be doing is rasing your children . Everybody know that you are a waxco woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    March 25, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Mr. Man

    Palain wants it both ways. John McCain created this monster.

    March 25, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Jake

    Just another example of how muddle minded the Democrats are. This is clearly targeted at their political lives (which is legitimate) not their biological lives (which is not legitimate, legal or acceptable).

    The Democrats must be really scared to be jumping at shadows like this. They voted their conscience, the voters will vote theirs, and the Democrats can join the unemployment lines this November.

    March 25, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |

    Great job Sarah, we will defeat these Democrats who voted for Obama Disaster Care and bring back America. Ignore these hateful liberals, they are just trying to stir up the pot. Keep up the good work, you are a true American and Patriot.

    March 25, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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