Will Giffords Blame Sarah Palin’s Rhetoric for Shooting?

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U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords spoke with MSNBC last March after her office was vandalized shortly after her vote for health care reform.

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Gifford’s office was one of several Democratic offices that were targeted with harassment, death threats, and vandalism in the period following the vote to pass health care reform.

The Arizona Congresswoman specifically cited Sarah Palin’s inflammatory right-wing rhetoric as a potential inducement to violence.

I think it’s important for all leaders … to say look, we can’t stand for this … They really need to realize that the rhetoric, and firing people up … for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s ‘Targeted’ list, but the thing is that the way she has it depicted, we’re in the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize that there are consequences to that action.


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