Palin Calls Obama ‘Taliban Muslim’ Smear ‘Tongue in Cheek’
November 5, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Sarah Palin, the divisive and conspicuously unintelligent half-term governor is apparently preparing for her presidential run, by reviving her shameful 2008 smear that then-presidential candidate Barak Obama “palled around with terrorists.” This time around, Palin is also embracing birtherism and the falsehood that President Obama is a secret Muslim–a perfect trifecta of viciousness. Palin “favorited” a tweet from right-wing hate pundit Ann Coulter that linked to an image of a sign outside a radical Christian church, calling Obama an illegal “Taliban Muslim.” When asked about the incendiary message on the sign by ABC News, Palin attributed the tweet to an “obvious accidental favoriting.” But the next words out of her mouth defended the Taliban Muslim smear from Coulter, as “tongue in cheek.” Since when is it “tongue in cheek” to attack the President of the United States as a criminal and an enemy of our country?
The favorite appeared on Palin’s twitter page last week, with a message from Coulter, saying “MY NEW CHURCH!”
The tweet links to a photo of the sign in front of “The Blood of Jesus ATLAH World Missionary Church.” The name alone, should give you a clue.
The sign declares, “The blood of Jesus against Obama history made 4 Nov 2008 a Taliban Muslim illegally elected president USA:Hussein.”
The main page of ATLAH’s website promotes a YouTube video, called “Hail Hitler, Hail Obama.”
Palin dismissed the tweet as a non-story from a “bored reporter.” But as ABC News points out, a number of news outlets reported on the story.
“Jake, I’ve never purposefully ‘favorited’ any Tweet. I had to go back to my BlackBerry to even see if such a function was possible. I was traveling to Alaska that day…it was an obvious accidental ‘favoriting,’ but no one can mistake that Ann Coulter was obviously being tongue in cheek with that Tweet. Shall I correct this with whichever wonderful media outlet ran with this (an obviously bored reporter…since there must be nothing going on in the world today, like, um, ramifications of a shake up of power in the U.S. House of Representatives?)”
The favorites were removed from Palin’s Twitter account late Thursday night.
When Palin does indeed decide to officially run for president, the country can expect one of the most dirtiest, hateful and vicious campaigns in modern history.
Interestingly, just today, former Bush speech writer Michael Gerson wrote an Op-Ed in the Washington Post blasting Palin for her dangerous extremism and anti-government rhetoric. He mentioned Palin’s endorsement of Tom Tancredo, as a bad sign of things to come for the Republican Party, if Palin secures the presidential nomination.
“Her endorsement raises the question of whether Palin has any standards for her support other than anti-government rhetoric. Either as a power broker or a candidate in the 2012 election, Palin’s increasingly erratic political judgment should raise Republican concerns,” wrote Gerson.
Gerson added that “The leading figure of the Tea Party movement seems increasingly indifferent to Republican fortunes and increasingly tolerant of disturbing extremism.”
Gerson is a little late to the game, in just realizing now, that Palin is one of the most dangerous and divisive figures to soil our political landscape in quite some time.