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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Donald Trump's Sarah Palin moment


Patti Davis Reagan has called Donald out on it

So has Gabby Giffords

The New York Daily News even compared it to Sarah Palin

Donald Trump’s apparent suggestion Tuesday night that Second Amendment supporters shoot Hillary Clinton has brought back into focus an eerily similar incident years ago involving Sarah Palin that ended in tragedy.

In 2010, SarahPAC, the political action committee created by the former Alaska governor to help elect conservative candidates across the U.S., ran an ominous graphic online that depicted crosshairs over the districts of House Democrats who had supported President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and listed the names of the lawmakers.

The ad — which was heavily criticized for its violent imagery — included a crosshairs over the district of then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

And on Jan. 8, 2011, Giffords, as well as 18 others, was shot by a mentally ill Arizona man outside a Tucson grocery store, where she was holding a small constituent meeting.

Six people died in the tragic shooting, and Giffords, who was critically injured after being shot in the head, only survived after hours of emergency surgery, months of intensive medical care and years of excruciating of rehabilitation.

Palin, whose PAC had maintained the graphic was figurative in the months after the shooting, did not respond to multiple requests for comment by the Daily News Wednesday, amid the renewed interest in such violently provocative — and potentially inciting — political rhetoric.

But Trump, who was endorsed by Palin in January, maintained in an interview Tuesday night that he was only referring to the “political movement” that defends the Second Amendment when he appeared to suggest that angry gun-rights advocates take matters into their own hands to prevent Hillary Clinton from nominating judges they don’t like.

Palin, of course, is far from the only prominent political figure to make light of assassinations. In May 2008, Hillary Clinton, on the verge of conceding the Democratic nomination to then-Sen. Barack Obama, cited the assassination of Robert Kennedy as a reason she was staying in the race.

She later apologized for the comment.

Also the Secret Service had a chat with Donald, of which he denies

If something happens to Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine I will hold Donald personally responsible.  Just like I hold Sarah Palin responsible for the deaths of Christina Taylor Green, Gabe Zimmerman, Dorothy Morris, John Roll, Phyllis Schenk,  and Darwin Stoddard.

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