Palin: 'I hate violence'
January 10th, 2011
11:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin: 'I hate violence'

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is responding to heat from some commentators that her at-times charged rhetoric during the 2010 campaign may have helped inspire attacks against government officials similar to that which occurred in Tucson, Arizona over the weekend.

"I hate violence," Palin told Fox News' Glenn Beck in an e-mail, which Beck relayed on his radio program Monday morning. "I hate war. Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this." Palin's response was first reported by Politico.

The comments from Palin follow those over the weekend from Palin aide Rebecca Monsour, who chastised critics who tried to link the former Alaska governor to the shooting Saturday that left Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition.

Some critics have cited a Facebook posting by Palin last march that placed a crosshair over several Democratic-controlled congressional districts, including that of Giffords. Palin also tweeted at the time: "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!"

"We are all looking at our Twitter feeds and I am seeing people and it's really sad," Mansour told conservative host Tammy Bruce. "People actually accuse Gov. Palin of this. It's appalling. Appalling. I cannot even express how disgusting that is."

Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Sarah Palin
soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. StuckInKs

    Its funny. I agree with most of what is said here but lets face it.. go over to Fox news site and all the comments on there are the complete opposite. I doubt this has made any kind of change in voters minds. THey will see this as Democrats using it to further their agenda and come racing to her defense 🙁 Sad but true.

    January 10, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Holly

    If a high school student targeted people such as she did, they would be ripped from class and expelled. There is freedom of speech, but also zero tolerence. You don't write things like that, people take you seriously (despite if this is where the shooter got the idea. Sarah Palin got crap for this back when she first released it too. It's wrong no matter how you spin it).

    January 10, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. lauraauthority

    Palin has been working her way up, from city council in Wassilla to where she is now...and your infamous leader...oh, yeah, while Sarah was working her way up, BO was coing crack on the streets of Chicago....who's more qualified? really you folks need to go beyond the rhetoric of 'meet the press' types, who all day on sunday, blamed the tea party for the shoolting, and lo and behold, this was a left wing nut, who didn't think Giffords was "left" enough. do you remember cindy sheehan...also a left wing nut....what about 'the war is lost' Harry Reid? or George W. is a 'war criminal', etc....the left has been wacked out in all their comments for years, and the two digit IQ folks, like the lemmings that they are, just follow along and believe(it's obvious from most ot these postings how stupid the public on the left really is)....and don't seem to be able to put two and two together....what about the 'cross hairs' on the DNC website...blinded by that?

    January 10, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. abby

    Palin "hates violence?" The gun-toting mama grizzly? Then why did she put cross-hairs on her web-site? Why does she continually use violent metaphors and expressions? This shows clearly that this woman is irresponsible on so-many levels, and it's never, ever her fault. Palin and her kind (Beck, Limbaugh, etc.) are extremists.
    When extremists make inroads, the roads lead to death and destruction.

    January 10, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. StuckInKs

    I mean seriously ... over on their news sites they are saying that democrats will hit another one of her targets to set her up... so ridiculous!

    January 10, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. ...

    Have you been writing on your hands again, Sarah? Oh, never's only blood.

    January 10, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Expat American

    Sarah Palin is an unintelligent liar, a bigot and a coward.
    The tragedy that happened in AZ this past weekend is pure Sarah Palin personified.
    Hopefully this is finally the end of Sarah Palin and her brand of 'Real American Patriotism'.

    January 10, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    She hates violence ... but boy does it make her giddy when it happens

    January 10, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. rusty155

    It over for you Saran Palin you and your cross hair and back up and reload. we are tied of the hate and racist you spread.And you are Unqualified for any PUBLIC OFFICE of any kind.

    January 10, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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