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— Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, defending herself against criticism
following the Tucson, Arizona, shootings, said Monday that she used the
term "blood libel" to describe comments made by those who falsely tried
to link conservatives to the assassination attempt against US Rep.
said her political action committee's use of crosshairs to identify
targeted congressional districts for Republican pickups was not original
and has been used by Democrats. As she spoke, a Democratic map was
shown on the screen with circular targets of districts Democrats wanted
Speaking out for the first time since she
used the term in a video, Palin said on Fox's Sean Hannity show that the
term referred to those "falsely accused of having blood on their
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Some Jewish groups strongly protested her use of the
term, which historically was used to accuse Jews of using the blood of
Christians in religious rituals.
Palin, a potential Republican
presidential candidate in 2012, said the criticism won't stop her from
speaking out and accusing Democrats of taking the country in the wrong
"They can't make us sit down and shut up," she said.
The former governor said the crosshairs graphic was taken down by the
PAC's hired graphic artist after the criticism began. "I don't think
that was inappropriate," she said.
The shooting on Jan. 8 killed six and wounded 13, including Giffords.
Her district was among those in the Palin site's crosshairs.
Palin insisted that she has "repeated over and over my condemnation of
violence." She said she was frustrated that conservatives who responded
to false accusations —blaming them for the shootings — have become part
of the story.
Asked why she was singled out for criticism, Palin, speaking from her
hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, said, "I know that a lot of those on the
left hate my message and they will do all they can to stop me because
they don't like the message."
Palin added, "I receive a lot of death threats. My children do."
The former governor said she supported calls for civility in politics
but added, "we should not use an event like that in Arizona to stifle
Asked what she thought of President Barack Obama's speech at a Tucson
memorial for the victims, Palin said, "I thought there were parts of it
that really hit home that all of us can hold onto and live out."