While introducing Sen. John McCain today, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin referred to the "ginned up controversy" in "news reports" about conservatives "inciting violence because we happen to oppose some of the things in the Obama administration." Palin added: "We know violence isn't the answer. When we take up our arms, we're talking about our vote."
On Tuesday, Palin posted a list of House Democrats who voted for health care reform with crosshairs aimed at their locations. In a March 23 tweet about her map, Palin wrote: "'Don't Retreat, Instead -- RELOAD!'"
It's not just "news reports" which have questioned conservatives such as Palin -- it's some of her own supporters. Yesterday, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who introduced and endorsed Palin during the 2008 campaign, strongly condemned her for contributing to a climate of violent rhetoric. During a segment about threats against politicians, Hasselbeck called Palin's list "purely despicable" and "insane." Hasselbeck added: "The names that are next to and being highlighted by those crosshairs -- I think it's an abuse of the Second Amendment in advertising. I also feel as though every single person on here is a mother, a father, a friend, a brother, a sister, and to take it to this level -- it's disappointing." Rep. Pete Olson also called Palin's map "inappropriate."