Palin says efforts to lay blame 'reprehensible'
Sarah Palin has spoken out against those trying to place blame for Arizona shootings.
January 12th, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Palin says efforts to lay blame 'reprehensible'

Sarah Palin spoke out on the Arizona shootings Wednesday, calling the events "tragic" and sharply chastising those who have suggested charged rhetoric from her and others on the right may have motivated the killings.

"Like many, I've spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event," Palin said in a video posted on her Facebook page.

"Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election," the former Alaska governor said.

Palin's statements come in the wake of suggestions from some Democrats and media commentators that her political rhetoric over the last year may be linked in some way to the shooting Saturday that left Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition.

Some critics have cited a Facebook posting by Palin last march that placed a crosshair over several Democratic-controlled congressional districts, including that of Giffords. Palin also tweeted at the time: "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!"

But in her statement Wednesday, Palin said any effort to connect statements by her or others to the shootings amounts to a "blood libel."

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  1. LuvsWI

    I don't think Ms. Palin is directly or indirectly responsible for this terrible tragedy.
    However, I do think that anyone that is in the public office, has been or is running for public office – I strongly believe they bear a special responsibility to be vigilant of the social and political climate and not use inflammatory language, symbols to encite people. I believe the use of her map with gunsights and her 'don't retreat, reload' is in incredibly poor taste and terribly irresponsible.
    As soon as she was criticized for the use of the gun sights on the map – by conservatives and liberals alike – including Congresswoman Giffords back in March of 2010 – I think she should have took the map down then and toned down the rhetoric. And she did not. I've lost a lot of respect for her because of this.

    January 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. la

    it is our own fault, as a society, that we have allowed this to happen by allowing our politicians to to be non-compassionate, greedy, pompous, emotionless. self-serving people. we have permitted our country to be run by many inhumane people, for sure, and this is a prime and very unfortunate example of what happens. if we do not like it, we have to change it. this country is of the people, by the people and for the people and when we remember that then we can get these type of extremist, uneducated, non-spiritual people completely away from our government, away from our religious leadership (whatever religion) and away from positions that have followers. the only way we can change our lives is to change the way we think. leave ms palin on reality shows, the likes of jerry springer to be uneducated and obnoxious then we can just turn her off when we want. i say 'no more' to her and her type of politicking, anywhere in this country. we witnessed an abomination of our political system during the last political elections. that is what we have come to and this massacre, directly related to the hate spewed by many of our leaders and/or those attempting to be our leaders. again, i must iterate, if we allow it to continue then we get what we deserve. xo

    January 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John G

    It's clear that democrats have nothing better to do than to hate.

    January 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. la

    omg what a joke that john g comment it. you see, this is the type of bigoted behavior ms palin and her type of politics condone, the is why the massacre.

    January 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • John G

      You liberals have been doing it for two years straight. You act all so innocent like you;ve never done it. You're laughable at best. ha ha

      January 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. la

    sorry, i typed too fast, that should read 'comment is'

    January 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. la

    anyhow, yes i see yet another typo, i guess i typed too fast and my blood was boiling a bit, uh oh, no, don't think i am a palin follower or anything and also, i am not posting in favor of any political party. i am commenting on any public figure misusing their media power. the answer, i believe, is to ORDER her to leave all realms of politics completely and unequivocally. we, the American people, as a non-partisan group, need to order her removal, setting an example for this type of 'hate' politics. AND any politician that speaks out, in a negative way against any person, political or not, group, or political party, as leaders and/or potential leaders should be stripped of their right/'fired' from holding or ever running for public office. we have allowed this to go on too long and negativity only begets negativity. remaining positive will accomplish much more. we may as well be back in the day of the crusades if we permit ms palin to get away with this. and i do not believe she is legally responsible, however, she is most certainly morally responsible...directly. xo

    January 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John G

      Liberals had no problem with their "target map" years ago yet they do now. Hypocrites describes liberals/demcorat best. You can spin it any way you wish but the truth is known to all.

      January 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mindy

    This man has serious mental issues, it does not matter if your democrat, republican or liberal, someone eventually is going to say something that u dont like in politics. does that mean that everyone who is pro life needs to go and shoot up abortion clinics? absolutely not! there should be no blame put on Sarah Palin, or any member of the tea party each person has a mind, although it may be screwed up they make thier own decisions! grow up and stop trying to put blame where it is undeserved.

    January 14, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mohammad

    Mrs Plain is new generation leader let us watch how things shape in time to come

    January 14, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dulce

    Sarah Palin, should be held responsible for what occured in Arizona. A person with such hatred should not be in public office. Palin is too dangerous for our society, she should be behind bar for posting her hateful comments. She is the reason this man picked up a gun and kill all those innocent people.

    January 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
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