Sarah Palin inappropriately accuses critics of ‘blood libel’

WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin lashed out Wednesday at her critics, saying it was a “blood libel” when some in the media and on the left said she’d contributed to an atmosphere of violence that may have pushed an Arizona gunman into shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

“If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. . . . 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,” she said in a video posted on the internet.

In using the term “blood libel,” though, Palin inadvertently created more controversy. The term refers to the false accusation that Jews murdered Christian children for their blood — one historically used to justify the persecution of Jews — and Palin’s use of it drew instant criticism from Jewish groups.

“While the term ‘blood-libel’ has become part of the English parlance to refer to someone being falsely accused, we wish that Palin had used another phrase, instead of one so fraught with pain in Jewish history,” said Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Palin, who last March included Giffords’ district on a map of Democrats she’d targeted for defeat — and marked by a rifle’s crosshairs — noted that she’d decried violence while visiting the state the same month.

“As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, ‘We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms,’ we’re talking about our vote,”’ Palin said.

“Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box — as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next,” she added.

Palin’s video statement — made in front of a fireplace with an American flag beside it — came as Republicans are starting to jockey for position for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, and as some prominent Republicans are questioning her star status in the party.

“What man or mouse with a fully functioning human brain and a resume as thin as Palin’s would flirt with a presidential run?” former Florida Rep. Joe Scarborough wrote in November.

One potential rival, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, this week lauded her as a “force of nature” and stressed that there’s no evidence that the Arizona gunman was influenced by Palin or any political talk. But Pawlenty went on to say that he’d never use the kind of gun imagery or rhetoric that Palin’s invoked to oppose Democrats.

“It wouldn’t have been my style to put the crosshairs on there, but there’s no reason to believe it had anything to do with this mentally unstable person’s rage,” Pawlenty told ABC News Tuesday. “There’s a line there as it relates to basic civility, decency and respect.”

A December McClatchy-Marist poll showed her the weakest of three potential rivals against Democratic President Barack Obama — Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee both fared better.

Steven Schier, a political scientist at Carleton College in Minnesota, said the recent brouhaha over her political rhetoric in the aftermath of the shooting could hurt her further with independent and moderate voters, particularly the replay of an interview from last March in which Giffords herself said she feared that Palin’s imagery could lead to violence.

“Palin’s taken a big hit,” Schier said. “I think she’s sinking like a stone.”

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 13:37:01

    Most don’t get it! This piece of work thrives on being inappropriate, pitting one group against another, controversy and free airtime from every media outlet in the world waiting to hear what the hell is gonna spew out of her mouth. What does she do? She causes even more strife and controversy because media has been waiting…Headlines ‘Palin breaks her silence’ . Doesn’t answer reporters at the time, this idiot makes a video 3 days later of her response…Remember, she sent a underling out to LIE directly about her imagery.. Sarah Palin doesn’t have to live in this world with the rest of us evidently, because the world is conforming to her inept world, very nicely! My GOD why doesn’t the flippin media know by now she will never admit defeat, so the fight will continue FOREVER! Why can’t we just IGNORE HER? According to Pawlenty, Palin is a force of nature.. Let me clarify, Tim…the devastating, damaging and destructive part of nature!

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  2. Syrin
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 13:47:53

    Anyway, I got nothing more on her or this incident. I’m not only a Christian, Conservative Republican, but I was first and always will be Jewish! Using a phrase that I believe she’s NEVER ever heard of before like “Blood Libel” that is totally inappropriate and has incited the Jewish population is the final insult!
    And that’s really what we’re talking about here.. How everything about Palin is insulting to just about everyone, but, she manages to stagger her critics, so she always has those who will support her! She’s A FORCE? More like a FARCE! I see where it’s going, I just can’t explain what I’m feeling right now!! My prayers for the victims and a proper look at accountability of public personalities and the lesson that words mean something will continue..

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  3. Anon
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 14:18:16

    “While the term ‘blood-libel’ has become part of the English parlance to refer to someone being falsely accused”
    Remember the Dutch right-wing freelance journalist, $arah’s “researcher”? He has mailing addresses in the Netherlands, Montana (or North Dakota?) and ENGLAND. I think we can guess who ghost-wrote $arah’s speech for this video.

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    • Syrin
      Jan 12, 2011 @ 14:34:08

      Oh yes, thanks for bring that up, you’re so correct about who’s vocab that term was from.. You know she’s gonna keep finding those who will give their own life for her. She’s going to continue to reference more devisive and hateful ways to stir the pot. The problem is.. She has not been held accountable for the REAL crap she’s done, in that it’s becoming easy for her to marginalize her critics by throwing out a tweet or Facebook comment written by someone else. It works because it becomes ‘headlines’. Why is she able to do that?

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  4. californiacruisin
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 14:36:16

    So Syrin, first look at the ethnicity of her ghostwriter RAM. That alone speaks volumes in the use of the term “blood libel.” Then look at the timing of releasing this video. All eyes and ears are on Obama. She is trying to remind everyone, “This is about me, me, me, me….”

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  5. CO
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 14:44:03

    Syrin, we all understand, some, of your frustration and anger.
    Not being Jewish I cant speak to that feeling, but being
    human I can speak to that frustration.
    It amazes me also that *anyone* can believe a bit
    of her one trick whore-athon.

    Peace on.

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  6. Syrin
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 15:11:20

    I mentioned she was fixin to make a martyr out of herself!
    Using “blood libel”, she set herself in a place of someone who is falsely accused of something, namely with blood on their hands.

    Voila!! Instant Martyr!

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  7. Ann
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 07:41:25

    I believe that’s it, her conscious or unconscious choice to use, or dumb acceptance to read, the word “blood” in her response/statement. I wonder how the victims might feel seeing her say that. It seemed that her jaw was very tight and she had trouble getting the big vocabulary out, “purported” almost didn’t make it. {Never forget who owns what airways when you watch.} I’m still holding out with the universe and watching what may be a pattern: look at what happened with “Drill, baby, drill”, now it’s “Don’t retreat, instead reload”… just wait.

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