January 12, 2011 by staff
Blood Libel, (AFP) – Sarah Palin fiercely defended herself and her “Tea Party faithful Wednesday of the” blood libel “that their angry rhetoric has encouraged a political assassination attempt on a bloody American legislator.
“The crime is monstrous acts on their own. They begin and end with criminals who commit them,” she said of the shooting rampage that left six dead and Democrat Gabrielle Giffords is fighting for his life.
On a day of national mourning for the victims, Palin fueled speculation she will run for the White House in 2012 and threw himself as a champion of ultra-conservative movement with a video cleverly done, about eight minutes.
“Especially in times of tragedy that unfolds, journalists and experts should not make a blood libel, which only serves to incite hatred and violence they are very condemned. It’s reprehensible, “she said.
No evidence backing surface charges liberal Jared Loughner alleged gunman, who had a history of mental illness, could have drawn inspiration from anger or violent rhetoric of the 2010 campaign.
And the Conservatives have reacted with outrage to speculation in the media and comments from Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik suggesting conservatives like Palin had whipped a frenzied atmosphere of hatred that could cause the disruption or hate on the edge of violence.
“We shall not cease to celebrate the greatness of our country and our fundamental freedoms by people who mock his greatness by being intolerant of dissent and who seek to silence dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults,” said Palin.
Former Republican vice presidential candidate, now a bestselling author and star of reality TV, offered a brief message of condolence and prayers, hours after the shooting.
But his new comments were intended to raise eyebrows, as “blood libel” refers historically to the libel that Jews use the blood of Christian babies to make matzoh for Passover, a myth used to justify pogroms and repression of others.
The former governor of Alaska, who was a fixture on the American media landscape since he left public service, has been the focus of recent media firestorm over incendiary impact of language policy.
It drew sharp criticism for it sent a tweet during the debate last year urging health care ardent opponents of the legislation “do not flinch, instead -! RELOAD
She was also convicted of setting up a website called “Take Back the 20″, which includes a map of the United States with crosshairs on the congressional districts of the Democratic candidates, she had chosen for the defeat.
One of these seats belongs to Giffords, a Democrat who squeaked to a narrow victory over his Republican challenger.
Gifford was among those who criticized Palin to time.
“The way it was represented at the sight of a sighting on our neighborhood,” said Giffords MSNBC on television last year.
“When people do that, they realize there are consequences to this action.”
Video message from Sarah Palin – with a U.S. flag in the bottom axis and flag in his lapel – came as the U.S. House of Representatives honored darkly Giffords and other victims of the shooting, and its heroes.
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the first Jewish Republican in this position, declined to comment specifically on the “blood libel” claim.
But Cantor spokesman Laena Fallon asked about the comments, urging “all Americans” to “keep their heart, prayers and hopes with Congress Giffords, victims of this horrible tragedy, and their families who are probably in mourning today and in need of our collective support. ”
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