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. susan

    it is clear to me that the ex governor of alaska is an angry, mean person..................................

    January 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    This is what you get, you silly twit, when you shoot off your stupid mouth reading the teleprompter without understanding anything at all about what you're saying. It's true you're not to blame for this but how nice to see you desperately trying not to eat your own disgusting words. This is the kind of trash the right puts up on the podium folks: dummies like Bush, Quayle & Reagan who'll do whatever they're told so the average American gets lost in the rhetoric and screwed at the end of the day.

    I love the right's attempt to paint this guy a leftist to deflect the blame created by their incessant hate speech. Archie Bunker & Fred Flintstone will fall for it but not anyone with half a brain in their head. Just for the record boys, pot doesn't make people dangerous. It makes them slow, giddy, lazy and distracted. It's BOOZE that creates aggression, as you well know.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel

    These Tea Partiers are seething with so much hatred that anything's possible,yet Sarah Palin refuses to own up to any of this. If we could rid this country of all this hatred,the support for these two obscene wars that we're currently fighting overseas would rapidly cease and so would that of all this unnecessary military spending!

    January 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ThomasD

    Good posts, mindy. Real good. People are so busy pointing fingers they cant see the hate in thier own posts. About half of the comments on CNN are as likely to drive a kid over the edge as any political rhetoric. Look inward people.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sonia

    You know she didn't write that speech, there were way to many big words in there. Good speech, pathetic, but grammatically correct. She is living in her little buble and thinks that she can do or say anything, like place targets on people's homes nationwide, without repercussion. She is part of the people who 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 would happen, and let the innocent less intelligent people follow through for her while she wipes her hands clean and drinks her wine in Alaska.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. duke

    I suspect most of you are jobless, uneducated morons. Go back to playing World of Warcraft you tards. Let the sane people have a civil discussion for a change.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Al

    People like Palin are irresponsible and should have NO public life. First she said "N. Korea US ally?" and now this? It´s disgrace after disgrace...

    January 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. canadian Dad

    Here is a fact: US deaths due to firearms is 4 times Canada's.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mikey

    Look the dems have done some of what the repubs have done but the repubs are the nastiest party even worse the when regan was in office they lie cheat and steal and take bribes oh i am sure that the dems have or are doing it on some level but they have not been caught except a few but there are more repubs that have been caught so if both parties dont start doing things right then maybe it will be time to do a clean sweep and put all fresh faces in and not t hose who have been in your state for many years but those who might do the right thing and go back to basics

    January 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Guy

    Do I think Sarah Palin had anything to do with the shooting? No. But if someone gets shot and your first response is to pull things off the internet that make you look bad... then you're part of a problem.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kaye

    both partys are nuts,power hungry,and really could care less about, we the people....stop being sheep america....get a grip, and a backbone....amazing what this great country has become....laughable!

    January 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. worc

    Why is her kill not in the background? Asked by Vaprodigy.
    From what I hear she couldn't hit a wall 3 feet away.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |

    What else can you expect shes a politican and worse than that a republican. If this tragedy dont open our political leaders eyes and start working together for the american people nothing will. Who am i kidding that will never happen. They are to worried about thier own self intrest and greed. And both sides are so d... affraid they will do something to help the other they just cant stand it. All of them are just a bunch of sorry ba--ds.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    Sarah is better off running for chair of the Tea Party than president. Let her run though, it will be good entertainment.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sam

    Senator McCain is partly to blame as well. After all, he put her in the national spotlight and did nothing to address Sarah on her rhetoric this year.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jersey Boy

      Sam.....great thought buddy, but using your vaporous logic, why don't you take this all the way back to the killer's parents. If they had never gotten together, this loser would necver have been spawned.

      January 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
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