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. derp

    I swear she gets dumber by the second.

    March 11, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Seriously?

    Now there's the pot calling the kettle black. Sarah – always entertaining. Stupid, but entertaining.

    March 11, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. James H.

    Shut...Up...Sarah....You don't live there, you don't work there (or anywhere), you have no say in what they do. You offer nothing. You are a waste. Go away...Now...

    March 11, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. NothingNew

    Palin=typical right wing nut case hypocrite. "Must interven and save those poor people uprising against an unjust government in Libya" while dare to utter "We must put down and snuff out any uprising in this country against our righteuos government as quickly as possible". Bethca anything she also says "all life is precious and we must outlaw abortions" while saying "must empty out those on death row and execute them already". Yep – brainless.

    March 11, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. jerseylou

    HEY IDIOT,the divide and conquer tactic is not going to work, to late in the game. You can throw all the lies against the wall but none will stick. Go back and tell fox news and the koch brothers, lip stick on the pig is not working anymore.

    March 11, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. jim

    I hope all the teachers lose their jobs. First of all, there will be no US jobs when kids move out on their own anyway, (except for penny jobs), so who cares.

    Second, like the Republicans want ... privatize all public education. US education can function just like US companies ... Who needs US teachers?? We can send in teachers from poor countries and pay them pennies. The greedy US teachers won't work for pennies, all they think about is themselves...

    We saved a lot of money by paying pennies to foreign teachers. Our kids will have a penny education, but again, who cares? We saved money and there are no US jobs anyway!! What a deal !!!!

    Right Sarah???

    March 11, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. LMC

    If there are any thugs here, it's the governor of Wisconsin and the Republicans! There was no need to wrest collective bargaining rights from workers–they had already conceded changes to their benefits to help the budget. Of course there wouldn't have been as large a budget problem had the governor not handed out tax cuts to his friendly corporations as if he were handing out candy! Get real Sarah!

    March 11, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. CEL1

    Once again, she proves she cares nothing for the people, only for herself and her rich buddies.

    March 11, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Scott

    Who the heck is Sarah Palin to tell anyone to "tone down the rhetoric." and "get the truth out there". Hey Sarah do your wild andirresponsible comments about death panels ring a bell?

    March 11, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin's "crosshairs" on Gifford showed no sign of her "toning down the rhetoric" which also resulted in the death of a 9 year old child and six others as well as those injured. So does this means do as I say and not as I do. How dare Palin accusing union bosses of acting like thugs when she herself has always supported thugs who were saying "kill President Obama" and she said nothing.

    March 11, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. adam

    This woman has never met a topic, about which she is compleyely ignorant, that she doesn't feel the need to offer her opinion on.

    March 11, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. kenneth fusilier

    What a trick. It takes a dummy like sarah palin to get in a conversation she clearly knows nothing about.she is talking to the only person who wiLl listen to her(mr nobody sean elsicko hannity.the dumb talking to the dummy

    March 11, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. chuck

    Sarah, just stop talking no one even listens to you, you are pathetic.

    March 11, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. A female in Wyoming

    Would someone pleeeeeease shut this woman up? I am so tired of her constant complaining and tirades. It is very wearing and just continually brings her ratings down, down, down. Someone needs to permanently muzzle her.

    March 11, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    More anti middle-class stupidity from the Wasilla wombat. She only opens her mouth often enough to change feet!

    March 11, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. John

    Yes, the rhetoric should be turned down, and Sarah Palin is just the person to point that out.

    I love how she couldn't even run her own sparsely populated state for a full term but she's always got something to say about others' states. Sarah Palin: That's Experience!

    March 11, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. John

    Dear Sarah,

    the only "thugs" are the CEO's and Execs that keep taking more and more of the pie....the ones who have sold the middle class out!

    March 11, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. DIANA

    Why should we care what this idiot says. She should know what a thug looks like, she belongs to the biggest thug party in our country.

    March 11, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Gooding Dailey

    Watch out for that union guy......he wants part of your cookie....

    March 11, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Kevin

    This woman is a joke. She always talks out the side of her mouth with nothing intelligent coming out. I can't believe people think she's actually qualified to be president, but still I hope she runs. The president will mopp the floor with her.

    March 11, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Sam C

    I thought Jimmy Hoffa dies? The days of "union thugs" has long passed, Palin. She's such a moron.

    March 11, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Joe Black

    Whats news and different. Union bosses act like thugs all the time and its overlooked by the media.

    March 11, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Tim

    Once again Sarah Palin weighs in where she has no responsibility and little knowledge of the situation. She talks about honesty? She should try that sometime. In this case, admit that it was a political move by Gov. Walker to diminish the impact of unions on elections. He and Ms. Palin have no problem with the growing impact of the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove and others as they seek to overwhelm elections with their money.

    March 11, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Dave

    Typical Republican: "I got mine, forget you." I don't know why any working American would even consider voting for these clowns unless they're already a millionaire and don't want anyone else to be. If Republicans didn't have religion to distract their unquestioning voters with, they wouldn't be able to get elected dogcatcher, because they truly have nothing else. All they're about is keeping Americans down so they can be safely managed by the uber-rich, and trying to make selfishness and ignorance seem like virtues.

    March 11, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Phred

    Sarah talking about the truth? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaa! Now, THAT's funny.

    March 11, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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