Palin: Controversy Over Dem Hit List Map ‘Ginned-Up’ by ‘Lamestream Media’
March 27, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-During Sarah Palin’s appearance at an Arizona McCain campaign rally on Friday, she dismissed the recent controversy regarding her use of violent gun imagery, targeting Democratic lawmakers with crosshairs, blaming the “lamestream media” for publicizing it. It’s a “ginned-up controversy” the former half-term governor of Alaska and Republican Vice Presidential candidate declared.
In the midst of a toxic and overheated political climate, after healthcare reform was passed, in which Democratic lawmakers were threatened and acts of violence were committed, Palin irresponsibly tweeted: “Don’t Retreat, instead – RELOAD!” Her inflammatory tweet directed her followers to her Facebook page showing a hit list map with bullseye crosshair targets on the states of 20 targeted Democratic lawmakers in conservative districts who voted in favor of healthcare reform. She peppered her message with additional gun language, such as “salvo” and “aim.”
But during her stump speech for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), she blamed the controversy over her use of gun imagery on the media. “We know violence isn’t the answer,” Palin said before a group of about two thousand people. “When we take up our arms, we’re talking about our vote. This B.S. coming from the lamestream media lately about us inciting violence, don’t let the conversation be subverted, don’t let a conversation like that get you off track.”
When an attendee shouted out that voting was the answer, not violence, Palin responded: “Amen, brother, that’s what you do it with,” she said. “With your vote.”
Palin, like other conservatives of late, tried to walk a fine line, by defending her use of violent imagery reminiscent of the anti-government violent militia movement in the 90s, which ended with the Oklahoma City bombing, while at the same time condemning violence.
McCain defended Palin’s gun language during an appearance on NBC, saying the language of targeting opponentshas been around “as long as I’ve been in politics.”
Palin, dressed in a biker black leather jacket and black pencil skirt, wearing her hair swept up in her signature beehive, walked on stage to the sounds of AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock, We Salute You.” The contrast between the folksy and much younger Palin, and the tired old maverick John McCain, was even more striking than during the presidential campaign. Now the tables were dramatically turned. McCain is in the political battle of his life, as he fights to be seated to a fifth term in the senate. And Palin, who McCain plucked from obscurity in Alaska to be his running mate in 2008, returns as the conservative rock star. She even quipped about his advanced age, suggesting he may have been alive during the original tea party in Boston harbor. “Some may claim that John was there!”
But the overheated rhetoric has not changed. Both Palin and McCain embraced House Minority Leader John Boehner’s (R-OH) inflammatory speech given on the House floor before the historic vote on the healthcare bill, in which he used the phrase “Hell no!” as an angry rhetorical device. We are not the party of no said Palin, we are the party of “Hell no!”
Despite her defense of her use of violent gun imagery, Palin drew criticism from even some of her staunch conservative supporters, such as Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of “The View.” She condemned Palin’s crossshairs gun targets as “despicable.”