‘I am not going to shut up’: Sarah Palin defends herself as poll shows Americans disapprove of ‘blood libel’ rhetoric

January 19th, 2011 by Staff

www.dailymail.co.uk – Palin rejects political backlash over ‘blood libel’ remark
Accuses critics of rushing to blame someone for shootings
Poll: Only 30% back Palin over ‘blood libel’
Sarah Palin has defended herself over the use of the term ‘blood libel’ in the wake of the Tucson shootings as a new poll showed just 30 per cent of Americans backed her on the issue.
The potential Republican presidential candidate was speaking for the first time since the controversy erupted over a speech she made on the day of the memorial service for victims of the January 8 tragedy.
Palin – who has been accused by liberals of creating a nationwide climate of political ‘vitriol’ – hit back at her critics and said: ‘I am not going to shut up’,
In a video posted on her Facebook page Palin said last week: ‘Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn.’
The highly inflammatory remark intensified the political backlash against Palin in the wake of the Arizona shootings.
But interviewed on Fox News for whom she is a paid contributor, Palin said: ‘Blood libel obviously means being falsely accused of having blood on your hands.

‘In this case, that’s exactly what was going on.’
‘Just two days before, an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal had that term in its title. And that term has been used for eons.
‘Blood libel’ is a false, centuries-old allegation that Jews killed Christians to use their blood in religious rituals.
Since the shooting spree on January 8, in which six people were killed and 13 wounded – including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords – Jared Lee Loughner has been charged.
But Tea Party favourite Palin has been criticised by the left for contributing to a climate of violence, urging followers to ‘reload, not retreat’ after last year’s healthcare debate, and publishing an electoral map identifying vulnerable Democratic congressional seats – including Giffords – in rifle cross-hairs.
Yet Palin accused her critics of being irresponsible in rushing to blame the rampage on ‘vitriolic’ campaign rhetoric.
She said the tragedy should not be allowed to quell vigorous political debate that ‘makes America exceptional’ and also refused to state whether she would run for president in 2012.
‘I am not ready to make an announcement about what my political future is going to be,’ she said.
‘But I will tell you… I am not going to sit down. I am not going to shut up.’
Palin insisted that she has ‘repeated over and over my condemnation of violence’ and said the cross-hairs graphic was taken down from her website after the criticism began.
‘I don’t think that was inappropriate,’ she said.
But she did not backtrack on her use of the term ‘blood libel’, which angered Jewish groups in particular.

‘I think the critics again were using anything that they could gather out of that statement,’ she said.
‘You can spin up anything out of anybody’s statements that are released and use them against the person who is making the statement.’

‘I know that a lot of those on the left hate my message and they will do all they can to stop me because they don’t like the message.’
‘I receive a lot of death threats. My children do.’
When asked what she thought of Obama’s speech at a memorial for the victims, Palin said, ‘I thought there were parts of it that really hit home that all of us can hold onto and live out.’
America largely agreed with her. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Monday, almost 8 in 10 of those surveyed gave Obama high marks for his response.
Tellingly, 71 per cent of Republicans – Palin’s own party – approved of the president’s leadership after the shootings, while Palin scored just 56 per cent.
Even John McCain, the President’s opponent in the 2008 presidential race, commended Obama’s response to the massacre.
‘We are Americans and fellow human beings, and that shared distinction is so much more important than the disputes that invigorate our noisy, rough-and-tumble political culture,’ said McCain.
Among the wider public, around 30 per cent approved of Palin’s response, although more than half of the 1,053 adults polled said the tone of the country’s political discourse did not contribute to the shootings.
Cross party, 78 per cent approved of Obama’s handling of the tragedy while 46 per cent actively disapproved of Palin’s response.
Pundits in America have said her failure to connect with people in the face of tragedy may deeply hurt her presidential goals, if she has them.
‘Palin, who is so expert in capturing the feelings, frustrations and hopes of a certain segment of the population, demonstrated no range,’ wrote Slate columnist John Dickerson.
‘She offered nothing to meet this moment. Her remarks were defensive, illogical, and distracting.’

One Response

  1. Rick

    The only thing I can’t stand about you are your political views. To be honest I love your show but I turn it off every time you bring up your dumn ass opinion on certain subjects,whether it is certain people in office or views you don’t agree with you sound stupid It’s almost like your reading your views off some left wing a**holes cue card and putting your own spin on it. Stick to radio It’s what your good at. Just keep those things to yourself. I’ve been listening since the 98 rock days and I’m not a mark but your a hell of a lot better than all these other douche bags (mj)but recently these views keep getting brought up and I know I’m not the only one who can’t stand it because I’ve talked to other people with the same issue. Just keep it real. YOUR NOT A POLITICIAN
    P.S. When all is said and done Sarah Palin is a great American and that is what we need these days. Say what you want but you can’t take that away from her.

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