This is an image from Sarah Palin’s Facebook page from March 23, 2010. It illustrates a “target” list–cross hairs above 20 congressional districts including that of the Arizona Congresswoman from the 8th district Gabrielle Giffords who has been shot this morning along with six others at a public meeting in Tuscon, AZ.
From Sarah Palin’s facebook page entitled “Don’t Get Demoralized! Get Organized! Take Back The 20!”:
Signed “Sarah Palin”.
This link takes you to a chilling video of Giffords on MSNBC last March reacting to the vandalism at her office and threats to her safety after her vote in favor of health care reform.
At the Donkey Edge, our thoughts and prayers are with the Giffords family and all of those who were killed and wounded today at the Safeway in Tuscon.
Update: Here’s Palin’s original Facebook post from March 23, 2010.
Update: I have revised this post changing “who has allegedly been fatally shot” to “who has been shot” as Giffords’ and the others who have been shot are at the hospital in critical condition. At this point MSNBC reports one fatality–a 9 year old. Our prayers are with their family.
Update: A prescient video from the March 25, 2010 edition of–wait for it–“The View” reacting to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page posting of March 23, 2010. I can’t believe I’m writing this–but I agree with Elizabeth Hasselbeck and find her reaction both well-spoken and spot-on. Whoopi Goldberg’s words are chilling and pointed: “to the talking heads who are still inciting this — Whatever comes down from this, it’s on your hands.”
Update: No matter one’s political views, there is no place in our free society for violence of any kind. The cowardly shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen innocent bystanders (as of this writing), including the deaths of Federal Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old child, is despicable, made even worse by the constant drumbeat of violent rhetoric that stems from the paranoid, anti-government forces on the far right. It is one thing to criticize someone politically: it is quite another to use violent language and gun-related metaphors to incite supporters.