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. Kinard

    It's amazing. Never before in the history of our nation has one person done more chopping, with fewer chips flying. She's a detour on the path to success, not the straight route she thinks she is.

    November 24, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. David G

    For the love of God...Palin has had more than the 15 minutes of fame anyone deserves....not only is she completely irrelevant, but a major embarrassment to the female race.

    November 24, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Gary

    You have a decision to make when you take a shot. Are you going to become bitter or better?
    Your gonna have to choose Better Sarah. We all know you couldn't get any worse.

    November 24, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Advice for a Happy and Harmonious Thanksgiving. The following issues are not suitable at family gatherings: politics, Obama Care, guns, and religion. Watching the Thanksgiving Parade or football is OK. Listening to political talk show entertainers is NOT OK.

    November 24, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. jesus f. christ

    Who is this Sarah folks keep talking about?

    November 24, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Ignore this lady.

    November 24, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. liberal disease

    i don't remember Bashir being outraged when when Biden told the black caucus" they gonna put y'all back in chains"

    November 24, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    No, Quitta, you make snarky comments and play the victim card. Oh, and then you send out an email asking for donations so you can continue to "fighting" the "lame stream media."

    Laughing all the way to the bank, I might add.

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    November 24, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. ED1

    If he would have been a Republican he would have been fired period.

    November 24, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. Expat American

    Palin only achieved her high profile status through her undying ignorance and cowardly attacks on others while chugging a big gulp soda; and her ability to play the gender victim when convenient.

    November 24, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. southerngent

    Cool down you women hating liberals, your fear is showing. Your so pathetic you still think Bush is in charge.

    November 24, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. Media luv

    Bet if he'd said this abt Hillary Clinton there would be outrage! No one has the right to speak this way about a human being.

    November 24, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  13. S. B. Stein

    Palin doesn't understand the full historical ramification of what she is talking about. This is not to say that Bashir's comments weren't too much; think that they went just a bit too far. Palin seems to think that she knows it all and is good to make comments on subjects she clearly knows nothing about.

    November 24, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. freedom

    Sarah Palin is a woman of integrity – and Bashir is uncouth, arrogant, and vulgar. She is so above him, he's not worth the discussion.

    November 24, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. Name

    Although I deplore both anologies to slavery. Why does Sarah Palin always defend herself by blaming those who are offended by her idiotic comments instead of not making idiotic comments to begin with?

    November 25, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  16. ora pike

    the network letting this coward keep his job--well, we will no longer watch one program on their network NBC

    November 25, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  17. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    "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."

    How is publicly apologizing "getting away with it"?

    This woman is an egomaniac with a persecution complex – and an email donors' list that just keeps giving and giving and giving ....

    November 25, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  18. Corinne

    It doesn't matter where you politically stand , this kind of vile wording shouldn't be acceptable to anybody.
    Americans have become mean spirited and right out nasty towards each other , it is quite shameful.

    November 25, 2013 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  19. Anonymous

    You people are sick. Almost as sick as Bashir.

    November 25, 2013 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  20. david mann

    "She "pooh-poohed" Bashir's remarks??? There is no way Caribou Barbie has the mental acuity to realize the irony of that response.

    November 25, 2013 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  21. david mann

    @ John...ah Johnny, you want to talk about boorish? Misogynist Rush Limpbow, Anorexic Ann Coulter, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity...etc. The list is endless. Bashir went a little over the top ONCE. The aforementioned morons, including Palin, LIVE in that dimension

    November 25, 2013 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  22. Maripil

    Sarah Palin deserves no apology as she is continually ranting just about anything!! She is a blabber mouth and an empty vessel!

    November 25, 2013 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  23. Maripil

    Nobody owes an apology to a nincompoop!! I can't even comprehend why Palin is given a platform for her idiotic opinions!!

    November 25, 2013 04:30 am at 4:30 am |

    Snooki Palin charges forth to the next bumpkin wingnut payday. She had to quickly say something stupid because Rapheal Cruz was walking away with her bumpkin wingnut money.

    November 25, 2013 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  25. sifto

    Sarah would not have sold the US out to Iran–unike the present stooges on the left have nothing else to talk about? keep your creepy guy–Bashir–maybe he could wash his dirty mouth out with soap–or have his mother do it like Letterman's Mother did...

    November 25, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
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