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Watch: Sarah Palin Attacks the Left in Unrepentant Hannity Interview


In her first interview since the Tucson shooting, Sarah Palin tells Sean Hannity that her 'target' map had nothing to do with it. She also scolds those who tied her and other Tea Party pundits and politicians to the shooting. 

Palin refuses to condemn the use of targets and other symbols of violence in campaign propaganda, calling such censorship "futile".

"I think it's going to be very tough, even futile really to start censoring everyone's speech and everyone's icons that they have used traditionally for decades... We hear now of this demand for civility in discussion when it comes to political debate and certainly I agree with the idea of being civil. By definition, civil means being well mannered. We should be respectful, be civil. We should not use an event like that in Arizona to stifle debate and that time-honored and cherished  tradition that we have in America being able to respectfully petition our government and protest peacefully and respectfully in order to affect the change we see in our government."

Quoting Martin Luther King, Jr, Palin says she cannot let the lie that she and her language are an accessory to murder, to live.

Palin calls Obama's speech in Tucson a campaign stop and accuses the left of hypocrisy because of the attacks against her: "I think the hypocrisy there is so glaring and the double standards I mean, reminds me that those on the left, if it weren't for their double standards, they'd have no standards."

It's apparent she hasn't learned a thing from this whole tragedy, and Hannity does his very best to paint her as the victim.

Palin won't say she's running for President, but she does say: "I'm not gonna sit down. I'm not gonna shut up."


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  1. surprise! she uses this as an opportunity to attack the left.

    dear sarah palin, you are a half term governor turned fox news pundit and reality tv star. in my eyes this qualifies you for gop nomination. please run for president so i can watch the slow motion train wreck of your candidacy. and please select michele bachmann for your vp, it would be a privilege and an honor to have my children, and children's children watch your debate tapes for a good laugh.

    best regards,
    citizens who support the draft palin campaign

    Posted by: mld | Jan 18, 2011 7:16:36 AM

  2. Clueless. Party of one.

    Posted by: ichabod | Jan 18, 2011 7:44:46 AM

  3. Thank you, Andy, for giving her traction. She needs all the publicity she can get because a day without her in the news cycle is like a day without dog crap.

    Posted by: Rad | Jan 18, 2011 7:51:58 AM

  4. This Tucson event was her Waterloo. We finally saw the tipping point of President Palin's candidacy; she blew it.

    Posted by: freddy | Jan 18, 2011 8:29:34 AM

  5. How dare she quote MLK.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Jan 18, 2011 8:33:40 AM

  6. She's completely tone deaf when it comes to her overall PR campaign. She simply always targets her key supporters: middle-aged, middle-class white males in non-urban areas. Otherwise, her negatives are through the roof. It makes most sense to think that she's just in it for the money.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 18, 2011 8:35:25 AM

  7. She won't run for the presidency (though I wish she would) because she's now addicted to her own fame and money without real scrutiny. An interview with that feather-lite Hannity? Please, why bother. She didn't say anything new (she said a lot of stuff that again wasn't true, but no one watches Hannity -- or Palin for that matter -- that hasn't already drank their kool-aide.) Palin is a FOX contributor, she might as well interviewed herself.

    But just for clarification, it is not true that any words you say can be misinterpreted or bent for some nefarious purpose and used against you. But when it happens over and over and over maybe the speaker (Palin) should take a look at what she is saying and how she is saying it.

    Run Sarah, like everyone else who is left or independant, we would love to see you get the nomination and bury the Republican party of hate under piles of idiocy while you self-implode. Deservedly so.

    Posted by: Bart | Jan 18, 2011 8:38:52 AM

  8. did anyone really expect her to take a step back, reflect and perhaps learn something from recent events and be inspired to make a more positive change in her rhetoric and behavior?

    nah, i didn't either.

    Posted by: EO | Jan 18, 2011 8:53:48 AM

  9. Who would have ever suspected that she would continue to say something thoughtless, inconsiderate, and fantastical? Can she go now? Far, far away?

    Posted by: rayrayJ | Jan 18, 2011 9:10:01 AM

  10. Remember this?

    Palin is 100% correct about the left's double standards.

    Posted by: Max | Jan 18, 2011 9:17:36 AM

  11. Palin is the absolute PERFECT spokesperson for the Tea Baggist wing of the GOP. She's always "right on target" with this group no matter what she says (while the majority of us simply shake our heads in total disbelief at her pronouncements).

    I don't know what her eventual political intent is regarding the 2012 presidential election cycle (run, Sarah, run) but, no matter, she'll continue to rake in the BIG BUCKS from her speaking engagements to like-minded groups who feed on her every word like manna from heaven.

    In the meantime, no matter how much he now tries to turn the other cheek by controlling his negative rhetoric (will it last?), I'll never forget what McCain foisted on this nation by selecting Palin as his VP running mate and putting her in the 24/7 news cycle. (On the other hand, her candidacy MAY have helped him lose to Obama.)

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 18, 2011 9:21:13 AM

  12. @max, are you clueless to the difference between the behavior of citizens and elected politicians or public figures?

    actions from protesters are in no way comparable to the rhetoric of pundits.

    Posted by: mld | Jan 18, 2011 9:22:47 AM

  13. She just doesn't stay away. Fox News keeps calling her governor, which she is not.
    I am not suprised at all she attacks left because of this. She lives on denial and keeps doing so.
    I just wonder why people think she is so important to US politics.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 18, 2011 9:39:43 AM

  14. I wish someone would take a shot at her from a chopper. What's good for the goose is goood for .......

    Posted by: Maverick69 | Jan 18, 2011 9:51:07 AM

  15. Correctly a 'disgraced former governor'. Sarah 'Quitter' Palin.

    Posted by: van | Jan 18, 2011 10:03:48 AM

  16. The "mainstream" GOP, which is bad enough itself, is rushing to distance itself from the former governor. It will be fun to watch them try to do that without alienating her supporters.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 18, 2011 10:42:02 AM

  17. There are several democratic campaigns that used targets. In this interview with Hannity, they both point out that a huge Democratic pundit, Bob Beckel said he "invented" the crosshairs to be used on political maps. Keith Olbermann called for Bush's assassination several times. Obama said, "If they bring knives, we will bring guns." This interview also showed Palin at a campaign rally IN TUSCON in March of 2010 explaining that she does not call for violence but calls for people to "rise up" by using their voice and their votes.

    @MLD - I am much more afraid of what citizens will do compared to what politicians will do. A citizen shot those people in Tuscon, not a politician.

    And, why, when people who knew this man come out and say that he didn't pay attention to Palin or any mainstream media, why don't you all listen? If anything, he was more leftist than anything!

    Posted by: BC | Jan 18, 2011 11:03:37 AM

  18. A day without Palin is a day without sunshine. She's the finest political comedian of her generation. Let's hope for more, more, more. And let's all pray that God will tell her to run for the GOP nomination. She listens to him, you know?

    Posted by: Joe | Jan 18, 2011 11:04:35 AM

  19. Sarah Palin really is the second most wretched person in the world next to Fred Phelps.

    Posted by: Michael Cummings | Jan 18, 2011 11:11:15 AM

  20. MLD, the only difference is that when the left threatens to kill, it's called "free speech."

    I repeat: "Palin is 100% correct about the left's double standards."

    I can't understand why you are all so undeniably obsessed with this woman. It's very creepy.

    Posted by: Max | Jan 18, 2011 11:27:21 AM

  21. I could NEVER stand her politically... and although I enjoyed watching her to see what "train wreck" she was going to create... sort of a preview for what Tina Fey would brilliantly re-create on SNL that Saturday... I am officially OVER her! I can't stand to see her face... period... whether ifs for a joke or not! Her hatred toward people has become UGLY!

    Posted by: Jim | Jan 18, 2011 11:41:34 AM

  22. God, look at the right-wing trolls jump out to defend Saint Sarah, the Idiot Queen of the Teabaggers!

    @Max: You are indeed completely deluded. Her hateful rhetoric is indeed VERY different from the words of an angry private citizen. This is a former elected official who has quit every job she's ever had in pursuit of fortune and fame. She's a narcissictic fame whore, pure and simple. But she IS a public official with a toxic agenda and a public bully pulpit provided by FOXNews, which has essentially tipped its hand and revealed itself to be the propaganda arm of the Republican Party. Fascism in action, kids. Palin's every stream-of-mental-retardation utterance is dutifully broadcast by FOX, and every inbred knuckle-dragger who hates those damn n****rs and f****ts and b!tch women who won't ignore their standards and f!ck him loves hearing her moronic dog-whistles.

    @bc: Just about everything you type is a lie F!cking right-wing trolls! Olbermann has NEVER called for ANYONE'S assassination. And another thing: It's spelled TUCSON, you f!cking retard.

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Jan 18, 2011 11:52:23 AM

  23. You know what, no one blames Sarah Palin directly for the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords, what we are saying is that the Republicans and Tea Party need to tone down their rethoric. That is what she is not getting. Obama said even the Democrats need to be civil as well.

    Gabby denounced the crosshairs last spring and at that point Sarah Palin should have had the decency to take it down. (oh hell, who am I kidding?! She (Palin) has no decency!)

    Here's a chilling and prophetic link of Sarah and her language she used back in March of 2010

    Posted by: KMC | Jan 18, 2011 12:22:32 PM

  24. God forbid I mix up two letters. But then again, what would you expect from a right winger, right?

    I love how people on here name call and then in the same sentence call for civil and respectful dialogue.

    And Olbermann has called for the assassination of SEVERAL republicans. Google it. He also had several guests on his show that would say the same thing and he never once challenged them. See, I, unlike you, actually watch ENTIRE episodes and interviews as opposed to tiny snipets put together by bloggers and pseudo-journalists at MSNBC.

    Posted by: BC | Jan 18, 2011 12:27:53 PM

  25. @bc: Again, everything you're typing is a lie.

    I Googled. Not ONE reputable website with Keith Olbermann calling for anyone's assassination. What I *did* find are a bunch of right-wing websites claiming that. And, as anyone with two functioning brain cells to rub together knows, right-wingers lie. About everything. And when confronted with the truth, they start whining about "conspiracies from the Left, we're put-upon and downtrodden!".

    And I stand by my comment: Right-wingers are idiots, enraged that their sense of entitlement is illusory and that non-whites, LGBTQ folk and *gasp* women might attain more than they. Right-wingers are motivated by Fear of the Other, and some dim sense that what they *might* have-- if they win the Mega-Millions Lotto-- needs to be protected from n####rs, f####ts and those f!cking feminist-type womenfolk who won't submit to their 2.5" micropenis.

    Pathetic cowards.

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Jan 18, 2011 12:57:31 PM

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