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. CNN Watchdog

    Beware all this talk about's coming from the left....just keep patient....NOVEMBER IS COMING!!!

    March 25, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. skurfer

    Let us review. Bin laden is a terrorist for saying or posting something like this but Limbaugh and Palin are under free speech protection.
    If someone gets shot are they accountable?

    March 25, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. jbakaregit

    Along with the GOP pep-rally station (Fox Noise), Limbaugh, and the leadership of the GOP like Bachmann, Steve King, and others are increasingly amping up the call to violence. If they can't get their way, they will make sure no one does and burn the house down.

    Vote Democrat or Independent come November.

    March 25, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. FM

    Thanks god that this pair McCain/Palin lost the election. Better reload yourselves with a civilised thinking!

    March 25, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. susanj

    Why is it even a question "that she has been vocal condemning violence". That's no-brainer. I don't get what these public figures are trying to do. There should be no violence in any of these matters. And they need to stop predicating their statements with "People are angry about this or that with the government" and then say they don't condone violence. There should be absolutely no statement saying they understand how angry people are. They should just say that what these nutjobs are doing is unAmerican. She loves using that word, why doesn't she use it now. She is aligning herself with the militias that are in this country. To me – she is a white supremist and so are most of the republicans serving this country. They hate President Obama because he is black. That's really what this is all about.

    March 25, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Not laughing in Florida

    Republicans know their 'target' audience is full of gun-toting wingnuts. This nod nod wink wink behavior is cowardly, shameless and befitting the worst examples of sore losers. Did Democrats riot or incite violence when the Supreme Court stole the election (from the popular vote winner) for George Bush in 2000? This was a majority rule vote. They lost. That's what democracy is all about. Get over it, peacefully.

    March 25, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Ace Frehley

    wow...Republicans using guns to aim at Americans when they dont get their way...who'da thunk?

    March 25, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Mike

    The conservative punditry in the USA have discovered the art of Doublethink in the past 10 years. Examples include Palin's quote "We are now the keepers of an honorable tradition of conservative values and good works", in response to her graphic display of targetting Democratic politicians. Another example is Fox News' tagline of being "Fair and Balanced", when in fact that news site is fanning the flames of hatred, flames which have led to its' constituency becoming a physical danger to Democratic politicians.

    March 25, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. some guy in New Hampshire

    It would be nice to know if Palin has condemned the threats and violence that have been carried out against supporters of health insurance reform. If she has spoken out against the thuggish behavior and terrorism, that would speak well for her. If she's remaining silent about these acts of criminals and vandals, that says something else about her entirely.

    March 25, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. toad

    The only ones upset are Sara Palin And GOP haters!!

    March 25, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Jon

    What democRats are complaining now is very silly and hypocritic. This strategy is politics 101 for each political party. When a party is in power and in control of the country and takes irresponsible steps to socialize America, people would like to vote you out in politics all the time. Republicans do it, and democRATs do it. Just remember those crazed democRATs who targeted the other side during 2006 and 2008 elections. There would be no questions that some districts would become the targets of each party during any election year. What OBAMA and democRATs want to do now is to silence the democracy and citizens' right to choose their representatives. What are the differences between the domocRATic congress and a socialist country?

    March 25, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Frank

    Sarah Palin is dangerous not because she fails to backtrack and sound anti-violence after she says invidious things. It is that she says them first, such as "repeal and re-load." To gun nuts, "lock and load" is a volatile expression. She puts crosshairs on opponents-gee, do you suppose anyone knows that she hunts animals (from helicopters no less)? The implications are obvious until she is called out and changes her stripes.

    March 25, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. jeff jackson, alabama

    This whole thing has been blown drastically
    out of proportion. Just more hate propaganda
    from the extreme left.
    Just like when they attacked her for wolf hunting
    in Alaska. Well I think the news of the wolves
    killing the teacher last week, from over population
    and starvation cleared her motives for hunting them.
    I can't remember a person in America taking more
    abuse than Sarah Palin. How about people thinking
    for themselves for a change. Never have there been
    more followers in this country than now.
    This country wasn't built by mindless followers !!!

    March 25, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Susieq

    How many times have both sides of the political spectrum has a person used the statement "Got them in our crosshairs"? Ms. Palin is just visualizing this on her facebook page instead of voicing it. Get over it.

    March 25, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Telling The Truth

    More Domestic Terrorism, at its finest... The veil continues to be lifted...

    March 25, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. rick

    This is a disgrace to have all because of a bill to extend health care to your Americans. We are so selfish to not lift a hand to Americans. PALIN AND ALL OF HER FOLLOWERS WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS. I PRAY FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE WOLFES IN SHEEP CLOTHING

    March 25, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    There is little doubt that Ms. Palin and many members of the GOP have generated a lot of hot rhetoric over health care reform. That heated rhetoric has, in turn, generated a great deal of uncivilized behavior around the country.

    Now, we've seen violence and death threats against those who voted for reforming health care. Thus, those threats and violence must be laid directly at the feet of Ms. Palin and Republicans who have lied repeatedly in order to get their way.

    Memo to the GOP: You may think you're going to pick up a lot of seats in Congress in November. However, your campaign of hate and deceit will most surely backfire on you.

    March 25, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. sam, LITTLETON.CO

    Palin is the Devil in a skirt. She promotes hatered and violence. She is a terrorist and should be jailed!!!

    March 25, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. rita

    It is hard to know where naivete begins and ignorance ends with Palin and most of the conservative radio entertainers. If one of these Congressmen or women gets harmed by someone who has gone postal over health care, this map will be brought out and paraded around as proof that the Republicans continuously create hostile environments during their so-called decent, constructive and issue-oriented debates. Just ask any second-class American gay person how civil Republican debates can be. They will laugh in your face, because they are the front line victims of this civility. How can you be CIVIL and hold back CIVIL rights at the same time?

    March 25, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Jeff W.

    It continues to boggle my mind that there are actually people out there that listen to this simpleton. I imagine these are the same people that like NASCAR and lottery tickets and never graduated from high school.

    March 25, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. sam, LITTLETON.CO

    McCain will do anything to be re-elected, even side with the Devil!

    March 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. KamaraSune

    I find it kinda hypocritical that any leaders in this nation would point a finger at anyone using a crosshair symbol for as many soldiers as they have sent to their deaths, and nations they have shattered with war. The duplicity is sickening.

    March 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. sherry

    All little sheeple followers of Sarah will take that as a sign to go and kill democrats.
    Sarah and the rightwing have and will continue to use scare tactics to their advantage to get the loonies out there to beleve all their propaganda. Sarah should be investigated as to why she put the crosshairs on the map. She knew exactly what kind of response that would occur...

    March 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Rick CT

    I recall Dems pointing out names and addresses of various AIG and other execs that reaped bonuses that were actually authorized by the early 2009 spending bill passed by the Dems and signed by St. Barack. They received threats of violence after this gross invasion of their privacy.

    I don't recall Tim Kaine or any other Dems condemning that violence threat to anywhere near the level the Reps have stood up against the current violence threats.

    March 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Bob

    Why is this woman credible ?? She clearly fits in with Limbaugh, Beck Rove and Coltier
    .. What she says and does clearly is for money. Pay people enough and they will say anything. The right wing crazy's eat that crap up. It is really a sad day in America that some republicans and these nut job are trying to incite people to do harm to another American just because of a different opinion. It appears religion has reared its ugly head in America.

    March 25, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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