Palin the Tone Deaf Victim: Rips Media for ‘Blood Libel’
January 12, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—In the wake of the Tucson rampage that left six dead, 14 wounded and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) fighting for her life after being shot in the head, Sarah Palin has finally emerged from her Alaskan bunker to respond to charges that her incendiary rhetoric, and use of irresponsible gun metaphors has contributed towards our poisonous political climate. Did she apologize? No. Did she exhibit the type of self-reflection expected from a national leader? No. Instead, she cast herself once again as a victim. But this time she went one step further, with the use of the highly-charged term “blood libel,” to compare herself to an oppressed Jewish martyr from the Middle Ages. Last year, in now shockingly prescient remarks, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) took Palin to task for targeting her on a map using rifle crosshairs. “We’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, the way she has it depicted, it has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” said Giffords during an appearance on MSNBC.
Months later, her worst fears came true, and the deranged Jared Lee Loughner armed with a semi-automatic weapon gunned Giffords down. But in Palin’s warped narcissistic mind it’s all about her. She is the true victim, not the six dead people and their grieving families or Congresswoman Giffords and the other wounded. To say that Palin is tone deaf is an understatement. During a national tragedy when Americans are looking for leadership, introspection and accountability from Palin, she instead went on a paranoid attack against her perceived enemies–the media and liberals. And she delivered a petty, small and defiantly unapologetic canned response via a bizarre recorded video flanked by an American flag, because she is incapable of answering direct questions from reporters.
Evan after being criticized for her crosshairs map by Congresswoman Giffords, Palin refused to back down. She issued a violent rallying cry to accompany her gun map, “Don’t retreat, instead RELOAD!” Worse, Palin’s crosshairs map was posted during a highly-charged political environment leading up to the health care vote when Democratic lawmakers were already being threatened.
The half-term governor mocked the criticism by blaming the “lamestream media” for a ginned-up” controversy. And Palin later referred to the crosshairs targeting Democratic lawmakers, as “bullseyes.”
In her nearly eight-minutes long video posted on Facebook, she ripped the media for making “irresponsible statements” in the wake of the attempted assassination of Rep. Giffords, questioning Palin’s gun rhetoric. In Palin’s mind, the media manufactured “blood libel” to take away her First Amendment freedoms. And she rejected the idea that her vitriolic rhetoric coarsened the political discourse, because she reasoned political opponents once settled scores with duels.
“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,” said Palin as the image of a teleprompter was reflected in her eyeglasses.
Palin then compared her victimhood to 2,000 years of Jewish oppression.
“Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”
Palin’s speech writer apparently doesn’t know the anti-Semitic history behind the term “blood libel.” The term was used for centuries to smear Jews to justify violent pogroms. Blood libel referred to the falsehood that Jews murdered Christian children and used their blood to make matzos for passover.
Not only is Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” highly offensive to the Jewish community, but Congresswoman Giffords happens to be Jewish. And on the day of a memorial service for the victims of the Tucson massacre, Palin decides to cast herself as a Jewish martyr, because she is being asked to account for her dangerous rhetoric.
And then came the weird reference to dueling pistols–more gun imagery.
“There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?”
Congresswoman Giffords pointed out months ago, that political leaders need to step up to tone down overheated rhetoric. “Community leaders, not just political leaders, need to stand back when things get too fired up,” said Giffords back in March.
“Our democracy is a light, a beacon really around the world. Change is affected change at the ballot box…and not because of these outbursts of violence in certain cases and the yelling,” Giffords added.
Palin failed spectacularly today, instead of showing leadership she reinforced her role as the leader of a pitchfork wielding mob.
Worse, she also managed to anger the entire Jewish community over her ignorant and despicable appropriation of the violent history behind the anti-Semitic “blood libel,” to cast herself as a victim.