August 19th, 2010
10:07 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin to Dr. Laura: 'Don't retreat'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Sarah Palin is standing behind Dr. Laura Schlessinger."](CNN) - Embattled radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who earlier this week announced she was ending her radio show, is finding an ally in Sarah Palin.

A day after Schlessinger told CNN's Larry King she was ending her show amid controversy over her repeated use of the N-word during an on-air conversation, Palin tweeted, "don't retreat...reload!"

"Dr.Laura:don't retreat...reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence"isn't American,not fair")" Palin wrote on Twitter Wednesday night.

"Dr.Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her voice,America!," Palin added in a second tweet.

National furor erupted when Schlessinger used the N-word 11 times in five minutes during an August 10 call with an African-American woman who was seeking advice on how to deal with racist comments from her white husband's friends and relatives. The conversation evolved into a discussion on whether it's appropriate to use the word ever, with Schlessinger arguing it's used on HBO and by black comedians.

Schlessinger apologized the following day, saying, "I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the N-word all the way out - more than one time. And that was wrong. I'll say it again - that was wrong."

While Schlessinger told King on Tuesday that she was still "regretful" over the incident, she said she feels her freedom of speech rights "have been usurped by angry, hateful groups who don't want to debate - they want to eliminate."

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  1. Regis990

    It's like she's speaking in tongues

    August 19, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. g

    i think palins running out of gas

    August 19, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Lex

    Soooo. . .It's ok for "Dr." Laura to use the 'N' word, but not okay if someone says the 'R' word. Kind of a double standard there, eh Palin?

    August 19, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Tim - Wilmington, DE

    Another day, another example of Palin's thorough cluelessness about, well, everything. Besides the fact that she writes like an eight-year-old, she can't seem to grasp the concept of first amendment rights. You're protected from the government impinging upon your freedom of speech. What you're not protected from is the consequences you may suffer from utilizing that speech, from say individuals or corporations. Dr. Laura displayed her ignorance, as she has been for years. She wasn't censored. But that doesn't mean people won't get mad, or that companies won't pull their sponsorships or... you know what? Palin would've called me a communist by know. I almost take pleasure in the fact that she is so aggressively stupid; she keeps digging that hole deeper and deeper.

    August 19, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. An Unbiased American

    Hey, Sarah Palin – Why didn't you "reload" instead of "retreating" from being the gov. of Alaska? Or maybe I need to put this in a language Palin understands. How about this: "Don't 4get to not be no unAmericanization Bcauze 2gether you can 2 make a diffrance cuz it's those dems 2 try 2 be unconst. by not liking me for the good of lipstick! RELOAD!" That's more along the lines of Palin's typical tweets, which shows her lack of education. An 8 yr old has better language skills.

    August 19, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Robert

    Sarah Palin biggest disgrace and ambarrasment for this country.
    Hope she runs for president of the USA. So, Obama will be safe.

    August 19, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. roro

    Does Palin ever say anything that is nice, positive, or not a Republican talking point? She speaks in bumper sticker talk. The woman thinks we all want to hear what she has to say, BUT WE DON'T!!!! She's as dumb as a sack of doorknobs, but she is laughing all the way to the bank, thanks to the equally moronic people who follow her.

    August 19, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. JonDie

    Sarah Palin's is an ignorant, illiterate, trailer trash grifter.

    August 19, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Ken in Maryland

    Now there's a shock! Sister Sarah and Dr. Laura agree on something! Both of them should be removed from news coverage. And they both need to read the Constitution and learn what the First Amendment says. No rights have been violated here.

    August 19, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Sheryl

    This is scary. Palin the refudiated moron almost made it to the White House...

    August 19, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. water bearer

    Sarah Palin is an idiot and a racist. We all know that. Now we also know that "Dr" Laura is also a racist and an idiot. Peas in a pod, birds of a feather . . . .yada yada.

    August 19, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. not fooled

    It's your right to be a liar and a bigot, it'm my right to call you what you are.

    August 19, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. C Smith

    Just when you think Palin couldn't say anything dumber than she has, she comes back again. I wonder if there is a brain in her head.

    August 19, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Candice

    So...I am assuming Sarah thinks its okay to use the N-word and violate someone's civil rights because its protected under the 1st amendment but it is not okay to say the r-word because thats offensive...I smell a serious case of habitual hypocrisy.

    August 19, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. lolo

    This woman proves it more and more everyday that she definitely has loose screws. We really need to put more money in our education system. I do not want my kids to grow up like her at all. This woman is just talking to be talking. No common sense at all.

    August 19, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Rick

    Palin is 2 faced. Freedom of Speech is ok but Freedom of Religion is not.. Practice what you preach.

    August 19, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Meg from Iowa

    After Palin's comments about the NY Mosque situation, I don't think anyone should be taking her advice on the 1st Amendment to the Constitution!!

    She obviously only values the 1st amendment when it adheres to her own beliefs (like most republicans).

    August 19, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Pragmatic

    Oh... the hypocrisy .... where were Letterman's "First Amendment Rights? What about Katie Couric & Freedom of the Press?

    Using the "N" word 11 times in 5 minutes is demented behavior ... and do I now have the right to use the "r" word ? ... and I'm not talking "republican!"

    Enough hypocrisy to choke a horse ... and the "reload" phrase is just another call to violence! Ya can't spin it, Sarah.

    Sarah and Laura want the "rights" but not the "responsibility" of free speech! All for them ... nothing for anyone else.

    August 19, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Steve

    Palin tweeted, "don't retreat...reload!"

    Totally Sarah!...there are still plenty of good racial epithets that she hasnt had a chance to unload with!

    Go Racists!

    ummm, wait...what?

    August 19, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Crazy Harry

    It's nice that our little constitutional obstructionist chimes in on this one. I guess Palin's views on obstruction of the constitution varies wildly depending on if she is doing the obstruction (i.e. Muslim Community Center, Abortion Rights, etc.)

    August 19, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. bridgette

    She just says things to hear herself talk. Anything she can do to fire up the bigots she will do. But it is starting to wear off because everyone she endorses looses and that is because she is a novelty always has been and always will be.

    August 19, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. teena

    what is wrong with this woman–does she know any other verbage that DOES NOT include war material–retreat?? Come up with something new grizzly mama 'cause we are ALL Americans and we are not at war with each other, although you and your republikkans buddies would just love that!

    August 19, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Ms. Brenda Scott

    Honestly Please!..If someone calls in for advice, Would you think , negative comments are necessary..Also. Dr. Laura, it was wrong. shameful to say off-beat-comments. Again!..You cares what advice Sarah Palin gives How many colleges did she attend before failing to finally get a college degree,America should be weary of anything she says or does Take Care of Your family try to be a decent Parent,,grown-up join the real adult world,The Tea Party.and any other mess she incites negative connotations, wrong individual to give Dr. Laura any advice,give the American people credit for common sense !Sarah Palin is a bad joke, sad state America believes in Phony Individulas,no credibility at all,go back to The Alaska Wilderness and hunt some moose, or anything but try to be heard! A Sincere Thank You In Advance,Republicans please tell us this is not the candidate to unseat President Obama ,no way will The American People fall for ,
    ignorance,biased, false-poltics of Sarah Palin, Did we not go through this era, move on ,2012, I will stay with a winner President Obama!Alright!..Talllahassee/Okeechobee/Sneads/Tamp-Florida!

    August 19, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Deborah/Kansas City

    If, I called Dr Laura because my husband's family was calling me a bitch, and I wanted advice on what to do because was hurt; would you all think it was ok for her to tell me I'm too sensitive and I should not have married that man? Just because the word bitch is used in movies and in songs does not make it appropriate for my husbands family to use it on me. Her advice should have been that the womans's husband should stand up for her; when his family is hurting her feelings and making her uncomfortable.

    Because Dr Laura is a vindictive, mean spritied person, she attacked the woman and made her feel even worse. Dr Laura should get off the radio because she is incompetent, besides being an insensitive brute.

    August 19, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Palin is an idiot!

    My user name says it all...

    August 19, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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