Palin: Wisconsin union bosses 'acting like thugs'
March 11th, 2011
09:22 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin: Wisconsin union bosses 'acting like thugs'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin once again sounded off on the Wisconsin budget debate, calling on union supporters to tone down the rhetoric.

The former Alaska governor told Fox News' Sean Hannity union bosses are "acting like thugs" and it is their responsibility to "turn down the rhetoric and start getting truth out there so that nobody gets hurt."

"They are leading some of their good members down a road that will result in, unfortunately, somebody getting hurt if you believe the death threats that are being received by those who just happen to support amending some collective bargaining privileges of state unions," Palin said Thursday.

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald received two death threats via e-mail, according to a spokesman for the senator.

After weeks of demonstrations in Madison, Wisconsin over collective bargaining rights of public sector union workers, state lawmakers passed an amended version of a bill Thursday that would limit the bargaining rights of most state workers.

In a February Facebook post, Palin encouraged union workers to stand up to their bosses.

"At the end of the day, they're not fighting for your pension or health care plan or even for the sustainability of Wisconsin's education budget," Palin wrote. "They're fighting to protect their own powerful privileges and their own political clout."

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report

Filed under: Sarah Palin • Wisconsin
soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. BlackPanthers2020

    this vile ugly creature is such a hipocrit , did she tell all those rednecks during the 2008 election to quell their racist rhetoric ? NO !!! She just continued to allow these people to shout out all kinds of racial slurs toward Obama .......what we really need to do is take her and all republicans in the woods and put them out of their misery ....I bet it would do the country a bunch of good !!!!

    March 11, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Mark

    She is like a talking barbie doll, pull the cord and she says something stupid. Go away little girl.

    March 11, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Mark

    She is so full of bullcrap, her breath stinks! Republicans are out for one thing and one thing only. They want to take away the only source of funding the Democratic Party has for the 2012 elections that that is the Unions. They want this because they know that don't have a chance in hell of beating President Obama with anyone they currently have and they need every dime they can muster in order to "buy" their buy into office. Republicans and LIEING, CHEATING NASTY PEOPLE and God will punish them for their greed!

    March 11, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Sandra

    HA! HA! HA! Let me get this straight. SARAH PALIN is telling people to "tone down the rhetoric?" Does this woman have an original thought? Sounds like she pulled it right out of the mouths of her critics when they told HER to tone down her rhetoric after the massacre when Giffords was shot. The interesting thing about Palin is that she always whines and complains and criticizes, but she NEVER has an idea when it comes to a solution or even hint at what she would do in that situation. Yet, she gets up on the proverbial soapbox and never fails to stick both feet in her mouth. It's downright comical.

    March 11, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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