November 4th, 2010
11:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin’s Twitter controversy

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin caused a bit of a stir Thursday when a tweet from conservative commentator Ann Coulter appeared on a list of her account’s favorite tweets.

The tweet showed a picture of a sign outside “The Blood of Jesus ATLAH World Missionary Church” in New York. The sign read: “The blood of Jesus against Obama history made 4 Nov 2008 a Taliban Muslim illegally elected president USA:Hussein.”

The tweet has since been removed from Palin’s Twitter account.

Coulter originally re-tweeted the item from the account of liberal commentator Marc Lamont Hill. The two often appear on television together.

After the Palin camp was reached for comment, it referred CNN to a statement given to ABC’s Jake Tapper.

“I've never purposefully ‘favorited’ any tweet. I had to go back to my BlackBerry to even see if such a function was possible. I was traveling to Alaska that was an obvious accidental ‘favoriting,’ but no one can mistake that Ann Coulter was obviously being tongue in cheek with that tweet,” Palin said in the statement. “Shall I correct this with whichever wonderful media outlet ran with this (an obviously bored reporter...since there must be nothing going on in the world today, like, um, ramifications of a shake up of power in the U.S. House of Representatives?).”

Lamont Hill appeared on CNN’s AC360 Thursday and said the original tweet was a joke directed toward Ann Coulter because of their impression of the church’s pastor, James Manning.

“We make jokes about Pastor Manning,” Hill told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I took a picture and sent it to her because the sign was obviously absurd.”

Palin has used her Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the midterm election season to endorse and promote candidates across the country.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Steve Brusk contributed to this report

– Follow Gabriella Schwarz on Twitter: @schwarzgcnn

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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Dave Miller

    Both of them are such idiots!!!!

    November 5, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  2. Dale

    Sara manages to keep her name in the news, but ony by being a complete loon.

    November 5, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. Floretta

    Sarah: Put the Blackberry down. Step away from the Blackberry. Avoid tweeting or people will think you're a twit.

    November 5, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  4. Clwyd

    Just more sicko speech out of this moron. You who support this nut case are just plain UN-AMERICAN and should leave this country and go where you feel more at home. Like to a very hot place!

    November 5, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  5. George

    So she's a twit who tweets twaddle. Nothing new.

    November 5, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  6. Tom from the Gulf

    This lady is ridiculous.....I mean really.

    November 5, 2010 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. mgc

    This woman is really disgusting!

    November 5, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  8. RalphS

    My final plea to CNN: Please cease coverage of Sara Palin until she actually holds a public office or declares her candidacy for one. Thank you!

    November 5, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  9. Benbear

    Was that a tweet, or a twit?

    November 5, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  10. wgf

    Ann Coulter doesn't do "tongue in cheek". She is an evil, vile and venomous person. No wonder she has a following in Sarah Palin.

    November 5, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. GetOverIt

    What a hateful, hateful woman.

    November 5, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  12. Dean

    Where's the controversy? Palin acted correctly. So did Coulter. The Pastor's probably a little nuts. And the message on the sign is mostly true.

    November 5, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  13. steven harnack

    That woman wouldn't tell the truth even if it was written on her hand!

    November 5, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  14. Norm

    Oh golly gee...let's make this fine American our president right now.
    Forget any elections. We need sarah at the helm right now.
    Wow....what a maroon.

    November 5, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  15. Sam

    Like, um, you're an idiot.

    November 5, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. Fixer2010

    Sarah Palin – please just go away.

    November 5, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  17. gene

    She needs her mouth sewn shut as she is such an embarrassment. She has a cruel streak, is only about self promotion, and I would doubt her loyalty to this country.

    November 5, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  18. Baby Boomer

    Just more hatred spewed at the President of the United States under the cover of being a "Joke". I'm so disappointed in the people of the United States, there are simply no words...

    November 5, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  19. johnny

    sarah palin is disgusting. we all know that she meant to retweet this posting. the fact that she is friends with ann coulter is enough to criticize her about.

    November 5, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  20. sherry

    The tenacity of Sarah....she is so smug . I'd like to wipe that look off her face....Its people like her and Ann Coulter and the likes that make me never want to vote for the republican party again.

    November 5, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  21. United Not Divided

    Why is this woman still a relevant voice for American politics? Whether one is liberal or conservative, one has to recognize the American people have to be UNITED for a common cause. Americans are not a monolithic and we can agreeably disagree. How is she contributing to the solutions to the problems this country faces? Become part of the solution and not another face for the problems this country faces.

    November 5, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  22. NVa Native

    Hey CNN please stop covering every stupid thing this air-head says or does. Fox worships her enough for all the lame-stream media.

    November 5, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  23. elidude

    Tough to tell who is the stupided tw*t in America: Coulter or Palin. Maybe they should wrestle for it,...

    November 5, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  24. A Kickin` Donkey

    Please run for President Sarah.

    Between the tweets, Fox videos, YouTube clips, the political rally tapes, the Facebook pages, the the odd-off non-Fox media interviews, ther is SO MUCH ammo with which to shoot her, and the beauty of it is that it is in her OWN WORDS.

    Sarah, only YOU are COMMON enough to save the Republican Party. Please do your country a service and run ... thereby guaranteeing we won`t have a lying GOPTP`er as President.

    Be the "Christine O`Donnell" for the Republican Party on a national level in 2012!

    November 5, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  25. shinden58

    A legend in her own mind. The woman and her retard children seem to have a double standard. I wish she would come back to reality.

    November 5, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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