Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox show yesterday responding to criticism over her use of a crosshairs map targeting different democratic districts including that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The former Alaskan governor said she was baffled that commentators made a connection between her and the shooting because of her political action committee’s graphic.
“I was puzzled at first as to why before facts were even gathered why it would be that the mainstream media would start accusing and using such a tragedy what appeared to be right off the bat some political game,” Palin said.
When asked specifically about the use of the crosshairs icon, Palin said that it was not an original graphic, and that it has been used by both parties for years.
“The graphic that was used was cross hairs targeting the different districts and again that’s not original. In fact, Democrats have been using them for years,” she said.
Monday night’s appearance was the first time she has gone on television since last Saturday’s shooting, and the only time she previously addressed the issue was in a video statement she made on Wednesday. Her statement caused its own uproar after she condemned the mainstream media for committing ‘blood libel,’ a term associated with anti-Semitism that was used in the Middle Ages to accuse Jews of using the blood of Christians for religious ceremonies.
“I don’t know how the heck they would or wouldn’t know if I knew the term ‘blood libel,'” she said. “No one’s ever asked me. ‘Blood libel’ obviously means being falsely accused of having blood on your hands. In this case, that’s exactly what was going on.”
After the shooting, many commentators and politicians have called for a ‘return to civility’ in political discourse, and while Palin said she has no problem with being civil, she does not agree with the politization of the shooting.
“We should not use and event like that in Arizona to stifle to debate and that time honored and cherished tradition that we have in America being able to respectfully petition our government and protest peacefully and respectfully in order affect the change we would like to see in our government,” she said.