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. PJ

    It is sad that Ms Palin will not recognize that her actions may have attributed to this tragedy. No one will ever know for sure whether this young man heard her speak when she campaigned against Rep. Giffords or whether he was aware of her 'bulls eye' ads. Her indignation at the suggestion that some mentally unstable person who has anti government sentiments might have taken her words and actions seriously shows how irresponsible she continues to be. Even the death of a federal judge and a nine year old child are not enough for her to step back and rethink the way in which she chooses to campaign. One can only hope that the Republican Party will bypass Ms Palin and choose a more stable, responsible and qualified candidate in 2012.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRO

      *Mrs. Palin
      *contributed
      *bull's eye
      *anti-government

      January 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • pcollen

      But it doesn't seem to bother you that, at a fundraiser in Philadelphia in 2008, our now President O'Bama said : “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

      January 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • nathaniel lindsey

      I believe Ms Plalin deserves what is happening to her. She brought it on by her implied actions on Television, useing guns to kill. I don't expect her to recall her statements and acts. It won't happen.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      It makes no difference,PJ. All Tea Partiers and Republicans as well as "blue-dog" Democrats are full of hate these days. In fact,that's the reason this country's at war half way around the world.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • the prez

      Hey PJ....you are a narrow minded, partisan bomb thrower. You probably call everyone who disgrees with a racist also. You are weak...and it shows.

      Take a look at the campaign maps fort he DNC from 2008 back through out political history. They have used targets and bullseyes for ever just as all other politicians.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzi

      Well said!!

      January 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • vaprodigy

      @pcollen The difference is Obama's followers didn't go kill six innocent Republicans, one of whom an innocent 6 year old child. You're such an idoit. Of course the killer is a wack-job, he is a Palin supporter. He left a poem stating that he supported Palin and the Tea-Party. Only a murderer would support a gun-toting, kill baby kill (innocent animals) murder! I wonder why she didn't have her shot gun and the many animals she killed in the background of this video. Maybe she didn't want to send the wrong message?!!? You BETTTTTCHA!!

      January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason S Ketner

      Anyone that thinks Palin is responsible should be taken out back and whipped. I watched as CNN tried to make the connection to the loss of the Tea Party candidate. Then Beck, Palin and Rush are to blame. You leftests are mental. Was Garfield, McKinnley, Kennedy, or Lincoln's assalaints listening to Sarah Palin too? Be rational. Be logical...not inept little twirps.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sjg

      to vaprodigy: From where in the world did you pull your statements that he supported Palin? That has not been stated on any news stations or blogs–you seem to be the only one who claims to be aware of that. All other reports said he had Mein Kampf" and some far out music about "Let the bodies fall". Do you just make up things to support your bias? Besides, it was the President who told people to remember their enemies and that if they bring a knife we will bring a gun. Both parties have used targets to show who they were trying to beat. If a target causes people to shoot, why isn't every Target store shot up?
      I am sure this will make no difference to you and that you will continue to keep your head buried in the sand believing what you want to believe but if you do have some evidence to back up what you say, I would check it out. I believe in facts, not opinions.

      January 13, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Raymond

      I agree that Palin should assume at least some responsibility, as so should other Republicans and Tea Party Members.

      January 13, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • WAYNE BRUCE

      I THINK THAT FOX NEWS USE TO MUCH EXPRESSING POLITICAL VIEWS ON THERE SHOW LIKE GLENN BECK AND SARAH AND RUSH TOO AND SHAWN HANNY THEY ALL LAIRS ON THERE SEE THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN WHEN encourage hatred and violence in this country with her choice of words and actions. She's revengeful and evil. Her kind are the dangerous ones, they suggest things they wish it wouldn't happen but it did i think they need take fox news off or change some people on there show we don't need this for are kids to see or listen to thanks batman

      January 13, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Leppig

      I am surprised that Sarah Palin knows the words "blood libel"

      January 13, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Peter

    Sarah Palin like all the other political extremists on either side do nothing but fan the fire in people who are inclined to violence. With her acid hate filled post "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!" and her list of people to "keep in the crosshairs" she does nothing but promote violence, hatred and terrorism such as the act of terror that occurred in Arizona by a very disturbed man who carefully planned his act of terror. This all must stop. PLEASE!

    January 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Banana

      Joe: What a detailed rebuttal. Maybe try using more words... to perhaps form an argument, this isn't youtube (not yet).

      January 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Well said,Peter. Thank you.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raymond

      Well stated Peter.

      January 13, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • John G

      Maybe when your posts aren't so one sided someone with a brain may actualyl believe you. Sorry but your post goes after one side. Bad disguising your hate.

      January 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Laura

    This does not change the fact that her suggestive images of using guns to battle her opponents is uncivil. Even if I agreed with her policies, her word choice in her rhetoric is abhorrent. "Fighting" is a verb that everyone understands. We all fight to make the right decisions every day. "Reloading"? Holding up and firing guns to sell yourself? What in the world is wrong with you? Do you not realize that you are in a position of power and therefore should conduct yourself with a bit more class?

    January 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cara

      I totally agree!

      January 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      what power?

      January 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      I think you got it, no one should be talking about "reloading" in regards to their opponents, in America we're all on the same team – we aren't enemies with each other, unless we really want to go through another civil war, but I think we're over that whole brother fighting brother thing, it sucks.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • sjg

      Sarah Palin really is not in a position of authority–and no one is forced to read or to live by what she posts on facebook. The President, however, is in a very big position of authority so it should really bother you that he told a large audience that they should remember their enemies and another that if they bring a knife we should bring a gun, and that he said that a policeman 'acted stupidly' when he simply responded to a call of breaking and entering and was trying to protect the man's house. There were many more but, of course, these things seldom make CNN so those of you who keep your head in the sand might not be aware of these.

      January 13, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Beocon

    I think this disturbed young man was more likely listening to the voice of a plastic skull in his backyard than Sarah Palin or any other human. And what was up with the Dems posting a map of targeted congressional districts in '09 with bullseyes over the targets? Crosshairs or bullseyes, neither one can logically be blamed for psychotic criminal activity. Heck, there are thousands of retail stores with a big red bullseye on the front door. Could one argue it incites the demented to take aim at the patrons with firearms? You should all stop your silly conjectures and absurdities related to a horrendous violent act none of us can begin to understand or explain.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Oh, excuse me, I thought the shooter was responsible since we all know he is a cold blooded killer. I guess I was wrong.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • HernandezUSA

      Only the Killer is responsible for HIS actions and NO ONE ELSE!

      January 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I hope that more teabaggers would remember that criminal acts belong to the individuals involved not only when it is someone from the fringe of their movement but also when crimes are committed by mexicans or muslims

      January 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cara

    Blah...blah...blah, blah blah blah!!!!!

    sincerely
    Sarah Palin

    January 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RedRooster

    Sarah ... and Glen Beck, Here's a new conspiracy theory for you.

    1. Within the top 2% of the wealthy in this country, there exist a vile, greedy, and ruthless element whose only goal is the make even more money and gain more power. This vile element has no problem making its extra billions at the expense of the working middle class.

    2. But this vile element has a real problem. Since it represents only about 2% of the voting public, how do it gain the political clout to manipulate the business environment and all the laws, rules, regulations, and expenditures in its favor? After all, it is only just 2% of the voting public.

    3. Answer: It seek and find immoral, greedy, self-absorbed talking heads who have no conscience, who would do absolutely anything for lots of money. The wealthy shovels lots of money to the talking head ... all under the table.

    4. In response to the millions under that table, The talking headtargets those who were weaned on a lemon and have easily maleable intellects ... Bubbas, Billiebobs, Jethroes, and Ellie Mays .. the gun nuts, the bitter, the uninformed, the self-righteous, the intolerant, the racists, and the moral cowards.

    5. Suddenly the percentage of ignorant voters wanting to help those wealthy people get even richer are far, far more than just 2% , even though Jethro and Ellie May are as much victims of the dismantling of the middle class as anyone else.

    Would you put this on your blackboard, Glen?

    January 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      so true...but..its the same thing with the democrats and welfare and social programs. You think there are not rich democrats scraping millions off the top of that pile also?

      January 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      RedRooster, You are absolutely right about what you're saying. This is what it's come to.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. B. A.

    Of course, she's gonna say that <r@p. Heaven forbid, she do any real soul searching. Some people are not capable of the truth as witnessed by her many distortions of the facts into heinous abominations of fear and loathing. What a bad thing McCain unleashed upon society. I know he's sorry, at least. Her foul mouth may not be directly attributable to this loser but it has not uplifted mankind in any way, that's for sure. And therefore, harmful to peace and harmony of any kind.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. B. A.

    By the way, RedRooster – That is an excellent explanation. Thank you.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nee

    iIs she serious? People who insist this tragic event wasn't political, are they serious? After the shootings all I heard was this had nothing to do with politics. At a political rally. Politicians killed or wounded. Not political. No wonder this happened. Get your head out of your rear ends people. If you really want to see the extent of hate and prejudice in the good ole U.S.A. just read comments on a sport web site after the Williams sisters who represent this country play. After a black man ended up as president, the tea party arose from the ashes and the country shifted so far left the republican party almost resembled its origins as the ant-slavery party in the 1800's. NOT! These clowns don't even know the platform the party was created on.. Look how far its come. Read your countrys history for crying out loud.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • SportsGal501

      Bunch of "Talking Heads" at first Sarah Palin was amusing to watch and listen to,especially after she said she can Russia from the back window.But than her talk turned angry and nasty,like her agent said the meaner you are the money we can make of appearances.Book signings....blah..blah.....she's out too make money that's why she resigned from her previous position.There's no money in being a civil servant and being on your best behavior when you can come out like the female version of Rambo.She will always be known for "Don't retreat....RELOAD!"
      Hope the Governor that was shot comes back stronger and that will be the "Tea Parties" worst nightmare.
      Please go away Sarah Palin........we already know a crazy person did the shooting but between Glenn Beck and you with yall crazy-ass ramblings I'm beginning to not recognize what crazy sounds like anymore!!

      January 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jersey Boy

      nee, if all you heard after the shooting was "politics had nothing to do with it" ,you must have had your head stuck some place where the sun doesn't shine...... Open your ears and listen before you speak.

      January 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Im heard that sarah palin are clear throat from cnn news so im glad that she is clear up alright now

    January 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joe

    I guess this means we should make them change the name of ""Target stores" and get rid of that target symbol before some wako thinks it means take aim and fire? get real people

    January 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RedRooster

    Death Panels ??? ... You're reprehensible, Sarah

    January 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Anthony from Maryland

    Blood Libel? Someone please ask this women to be quiet. She sounds so silly in her response. Ahhhh, they are picking on me, it is the media's fault. Diid the media tell you to post on your website "Cross-hairs" at those pollitical opponents? No, and if it was improper why remove it from your website? Anyone following this woman honestly needs to just walk in the middle of the highway home to see how far you will get? You betcha!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Blas

    They should post warnings on fox news and other entertainment stations that are news based... stating that shows like glenn beck are for entertainment purposes only and appropriate actions should be taken when confronting the government. A code of ethics should be drafted and followed by serious news stations who base more on fact and less on opinion.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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