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. pelican

    lighten up !!!

    March 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. ed

    cry me a river. do they really think she's telling her followers to harm members of congress???? that's stupid, she's a mom, she's a nice person, get off her back you lefty crybabies.

    also, why have i heard nothing about this CRAZY alabama professor who shot up her university and about how she was a huge Obama supporter??? if she were a Bush or McCain or Palin supporter, wow, we would not hear the end of it.

    March 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. chris tx

    So when terrorists put crosshairs on Americans or on America in a picture, is that considered a "debate" to Palin?

    March 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. IVOTE

    Palin is two-faced liar. She pals around with (terrorist) ie: Michelle Bauchman who makes no bones about calling for a violent revolution; then post gun sights on her facebook page. She should be banned from using FACEBOOK, a SOCIAL NETWORK. Blood will be on her hands.

    March 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Indy

    This is what happens when you make a hero out of a zero. Citizen Sarah has unleashed her powers provided by the people that are sucked into her web of hate and lies.Palin is nothing but a citizen reining her terror on the public, she is not an elected official and holds no office for the people, but beacause Americans have a need to make people famous for nothing this is what you get. The Diasata from Alaska has sucked many in and made her a Facebook Politician.When you allow people like Limbaugh, Palin Beck, Hannity, Bachmann to control your party you are going to instill fear and hate from all the lies they spread, while you make them filthy rich. It prooves that in America you can become stinking rich from lying, and that is a shameful fact to explain to the next generation.

    March 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Evan

    This is just stupid. "Having someone in your crosshairs" has been a generally accepted term for focusing your efforts on them for decades. This is just another lame excuse to attack Sarah Palin.

    March 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. TLD

    That healthcare bill is a disaster. I don't want those people coming into my doctor's office with all their fatherless children and other undesirables. Understand, I don't care if they have healthcare, I just do not want them to exercise their healthcare in my places. The quality of care will go down just like their neighborhoods. My family should not have to be exposed to them in a medical setting. Some don't even speak English and those other ones speak improper English at best. I don't want them in my doctor's office.... PERIOD!

    March 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. historian

    Discovery may have made a big mistake putting her on the payroll for Sarah's Alaska – I don't intend to watch it. I thought the Discovery channel was a family channel – guess I was wrong.

    March 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. deb

    Ok is there any more we need to learn about this little 'rogue' woman that shows her instability? She has been very vocal on the so-called 'death panels' involved in the health care reform. Now crosshairs on a map to show her disapproval? We get it, Sarah, you know how to shoot. Oh I know–it's all about attention. But I firmly believe Palin has some screws that need a little tightening. 'Cute' just doesn't allow a person to be an idiot.

    March 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Sara

    She is a nobody that so desperately wants to be somebody.

    March 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Scooter 519

    This female hides behind the guise of Christianity, even born againism! There is a thin veil over her performances, but if one looks carefully, this female promotes hate, lies and anger to the point of being evil!
    with her begiling smile and smooth talk she is a con man a Charleton and at worst a person who 1. needs to feed on crowds for her personal worth. Look carefully America you are being led down a path of no return.

    March 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Sondra

    Whine, Whine, Whine, oh poor me. That's all the Dems do. How many times have suggestive articles, Tweets and cartoons depicted Republicans in a bad light and you don't see them running to the media to cry. When George W. was president, there were many threats against him from the media, websites and movies and that was considered "FREE SPEECH." So give me a break. Just because most of America HATE this health bill and are frustrated and angry because no one is listening to them, Congress doesn't have to act like big babies when they are attacked verbally. Get over it!

    March 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Imagine the launch codes written on her palms

    John McCain will be remembered in American history as the Republican presidential candidate who picked Sarah Palin as his V.P., and after realizing what a ditz she is, trying to salvage his chance of winning the election by hiding her from the press even if it meant that a ditz would be only heartbeat away from writing the nuclear launch codes on the palms of her hands. These crosshairs show once again what a ditz she is. She and McCain are together again trying to save his re-election as a Senator. To see Palin, with her wacky Vaudeville illogical logic and antics like these crosshairs, together with McCain again will be like seeing George Burns and Gracie Allen together again. Say goodnight Sarah!

    March 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Dano

    If she's against violence then why use crosshairs?

    March 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Kate

    She IS inciting violence. She needs to shut up. Who is she, a nobody that quit her job as governor, and the country is suppose to listen to this mouthy woman????

    March 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. j

    Palin vocal about violence? If she is, she's not being public about it.

    March 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. nwall2

    As most folks would agree in the US, insurance to drive has always been required, now its required to have health insurance. Not sure what the big deal is.

    why not take some of this energy and ask your local hospital why they are chargin $400 for asprin. Pricing issues are what caused helth care to be too expensive in the first place

    As for Palin and her plans.. "She plans to target them this election year with money from her political action committee."

    It appears washington is finally goign to look into creating jobs, to bad those jobs involve mudslinging for political parties, not sure what kind of health insurance and 401 benefits that offers but atleast they are considering providing some employmennt and business in 20 different areas.

    March 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. AD

    Yep. She's still at it.


    March 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. NVa Native

    Yea, right. Palin wasn't appealing to the primitive lizard brains that worship her with inciting violence.
    These are the people who think running down wolves from a helicopter until the wolf is exhausted and overwhelmed with terror, so she can safely shoot it from high above – this mob thinks this hunting. Just like her, no honor to it at all.
    No the bulls-eye on these elected officials who she demonizes with lies and deception – this has nothing to do with violence against our democracy.
    Again, "NO" says the party.

    March 25, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. The Dems have some nerve!

    The Democratic party, administration, and Congress use shameless, unconstitutional, back-room deals to circumvent the people's voices to force healthcare reform on us - and THEY have the nerve to complain? Their hypocracy knows no bounds!

    No one condones overt violence of any kind - but what the Dems are doing isn't much difference from violence - they simply do it without guns or "overt" threats. Shut up, Dems - you have no right to accuse!

    March 25, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Hakeem

    She is joke, racist and in support of her husband (a anti-goverment person) she herself is against the goverment.

    March 25, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. cheryl

    She is horrible. This country does not need violance. We need someone who is a peacemaker.

    March 25, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Todd

    The use of a scope sight is not incitment of spitting, racist and homophobic slurs, smashing windows with bricks. It is clearly just an encouragment of using high powered rifles to shoot people with different political views.

    March 25, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. John Dennison

    John McCain really showed his bad judgement when he unleashed
    this monster Sarah Palin on this country. Now he is ONCE AGAIN
    trying to defend his incapability of making decisions, and defending her acts of evil, evident to anyone with an IQ over 10. You can call
    him a war hero if you want, but it is becoming more and more clear
    that he will give in to the enemy, as opposed to doing the right thing.

    That's not called a hero Mr. McCain.

    March 25, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Bobby in Atlanta.

    If someone had posted a similar cross-hair photo on both McCains face and Palins face during their campaign they'd still be jumping up and down demanding that the Dems condone such actions. What a bunch of sore loser hypocrites. The Republicans Party has totally devolved into a Fringe Party.

    March 25, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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