November 24th, 2013
03:22 PM ET
9 years ago

Sarah Palin on Martin Bashir comments: ‘I move on and I charge forth’

(CNN) - Sarah Palin responded publicly for the first time Sunday on the nasty comments thrown her way by MSNBC host Martin Bashir, who later apologized for saying she deserved degrading punishment.

"Everybody in life takes shots," the former Alaska governor said on "Fox News Sunday." "You have a decision to make when you take a shot. Are you going to become bitter or better? In a case like this, you know, I don't have to accept his words - his vile, evil comments. So they don't have to affect me. I move on and I charge forth."

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Bashir ripped into the 2008 vice presidential nominee after she compared the United States' foreign debt to slavery. Blasting her use of the metaphor, he read excerpts from the diaries of Thomas Thistlewood, who wrote about the horrific treatment of slaves in Jamaica in the 18th century, including a punishment that involved defecating and urinating in a slave’s mouth.

Bashir said that "when Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn't just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate."

After facing intense criticism for his comments, Bashir apologized Monday.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers and anyone who may have heard what I said," the MSNBC host said.

MSNBC did not announce any disciplinary action against Bashir, despite suspending another host, Alec Baldwin, for two weeks after he made homophobic remarks.

Palin said the reason why Bashir got away with his comments had more to do with the target of his remarks than the rant itself, adding that "conservative women" are frequently attacked in what she calls the "media elite bubble."

When women take offense, she added, the media "usually just kind of pooh-pooh it, laugh it off; it's no big deal."

Palin said if he had verbally attacked someone who's less high-profile - like a child or someone without a vocal platform like hers – only then would the former governor have fought back.

"If you want to see a mama grizzly get riled up and slap that person down, then you come after a vulnerable child," she said. "In this case, he didn't come after a vulnerable child. I can defend myself and, you know, I can take it."

Asked if she accepted his apology, Palin said, "Who am I not to accept an apology?"

"Everyone must humble themselves and accept that offer ... of apology," she said. Palin also implied that Bashir had called her personally to apologize.

But, she warned, if someone calls to apologize to her again, she said she wants that person to go through her husband or one of her kids first.

"Leave the message with them," she said. "Hear what they have to say about it, and then they can come to me."


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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. SK in TN

    Way to go Sarah! Make this all about them poor Conservative women, always being victimized by the evil liberal news. Never mind the fact that Bashir was right; you were a complete fool to compare debt to slavery. No, this is all about those poor Conservative women who get picked on, right?

    November 24, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. bobhamiltonchicago

    Not to mention that she is into that kind of stuff anyway.

    November 24, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. ted

    I again thank John McCain for bringing the half governor of Alaska and failed VP candidate into the popular media realm. Can you imagine how nice it would be without her showing up every once in a while with her nonsensical stupid comments?

    November 24, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. kate gallagher

    His comments were absolutely perfect.

    November 24, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Linda conte

    He's the snake that interlude Michael,then turned around and used it for bloody money.

    November 24, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. PNWjim

    John. She is not right about the debit being put on our kids, but if she or any of her kind of crazy[ Cruz, Perry, ect.] then our kids will not have a country to worry about. Also I do not think she knows what forward means because the policiys she supports would take us back years instead of advancing. The Repubs would like a 1950s TV show type of life but its not possible since the Reagan years made most wives have to go out and work even if they did not want to. And now they blame some of our problems on not having stay at moms.

    November 24, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Lindsey

    God bless Sarah Palin!

    November 24, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Patti

    Regardless how you personally feel about Sarah Palin, your comments are obnoxious and blatently unprofessional. Since when did reporting stoop to such a dispicable level? You should be ashamed of yourself – your somments make you less than respectable.

    November 24, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. K. Gallagher

    Five days ago she referred to Limbaugh as one of her heroes, so yeah; I can see how concerned she is about how women are treated.

    November 24, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Sandy

    Why are we even paying attention to this non-person issue? She's so far out of the limelight, she just does things for publicity. Let's call her on it, and just ignore her...as she deserves. She's not worth the ink the press is giving her, she never was.

    November 24, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. dina

    As always, Palin thinks she has some relevance but she doesn't/ What has she accomplished in her political career? Quit being governor in half term, lost the VP election even though she was the most poorly qualified person to even be nominated.Continues to write drivel books saying nothing. When will the press stop covering this insignificant woman. Bashier may have said the wrong thing but he was right in saying it.

    November 24, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Joan

    If there's one thing Sarah Palin knows a lot about it is taking cheap shots only she is on the giving end, She has spewed so much hatred since John McCain brought her into the spotlight and she helped him lose his shot at the Presidency. Everyone knows that. What goes around comes around.

    November 24, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. cliffintex

    Reading some of these posts, I should be surprised. Unfortunately I'm not. The vitriol displayed against this woman is appalling. Bashir did more than just refer to the diary and deplorable actions inside the diary, but went so far as to wish those actions be taken against Palin. I guess the left likes slavery and actions of slavers if they are perpetrated against those they don't like. Shame on you people!

    November 24, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. nobaddog

    Another example of the filth that has overcome the democratic party that i loved. And you people supporting this kind of filth should be ashamed. What type of society do you want your children to live in? Do you want your children to listen to someone like Bashir talk about defecating on someone. What would make him think of that? A, His upbringing! He would be thrown out of a cheap restaurant for making comments like that but its acceptable to the Democrats...and you people here defending his comment. What have we become...

    November 24, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. carlos

    Another example that liberals have no class.

    November 24, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. K. in Miami

    I have to say that Sarah Ear Sore Palin has to be the most despised female on the face of the earth.

    This woman has made a living of criticizing and insulting others, the fact that if the shoe goes on the other foot, she's automatically the victim, Pathetic....!

    November 24, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Guest

    Lots of folks have lost their jobs over much less.

    November 24, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. STOP-the-nonsense

    Sarah: please move on & purchase a one-way ticket to Mars. Feel free to take your supporters with you.

    November 24, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. STOP-the-nonsense

    Sarah do America a favor and get lost in the wilderness.

    November 24, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. kxr

    I have heard so many times from Democrats that Republicans are at war with women.
    So I guess Bashir's comment shows how much Democrats are in piece with women. Especially how much they respect the most successful, independent, unafraid, articulate, family oriented ones.

    November 24, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. PeterFatKid

    So glad she lives on THAT side of the fence...between her and KOO KOO BACHMAN ....the laughter keeps us on the winning side....keep up the good work teabaggers ...

    November 24, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Rusty Krus

    Thank you John McCain for bringing this running joke into our lives. Too bad she cost you the presidency though.

    November 24, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. MaryM

    So, Palin. Are YOU sorry for all your spewing !! NO you are not

    November 24, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. oharris30

    Bravo! Mr. Bashir! Such a gentleman. Sarah Palin's comments about the president have been far more disrespectful. She is everything you said.

    November 24, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. luke,az

    Martin Bashir was right, Sarah Palin is a "world class idiot". I watched that particular show and you were right on the money with your portrayal of Palin's use of slavery. She does not understand the horrors of slavery and it's impact still today on peoples lives.

    November 24, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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