Friday, January 14, 2011
By Matt Cover
(CNSNews.com) – The Jan. 8 attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and the subsequent media focus on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s (R) opposition to Giffords’s reelection in 2010 sparked death wishes aginst the prominent Republican on the social networking site Twitter.
Approximately 50 anti-Palin tweets were compiled in a YouTube video published Jan. 10. Most were made on Jan. 8, the day of the shooting.
The compilation leads off with one user asking on Jan. 9, “When will the crosshairs fall over a Palin? Don’t any liberals own guns and forget to take their meds? C’mon already.” The “crosshairs” was a reference to Palin’s electoral map that featured crosshair bullseyes over districts the former governor thought conservatives could win.
Another user wrote on Jan. 8, “I hope Sarah Palin dies an ugly death and takes her moronic hate with her.”
Another wrote, “My hatred for Sarah Palin continues to grow. I think this woman should be assassinated.”
Many of the tweets, as twitter messages are called, included so-called hashtags, phrases proceeded by the pound sign, calling Palin offensive epithets.
Some tweets also included death wishes again other prominent conservative or Republican figures, including Fox News commentator Glenn Beck and what appeared to be a reference to former President George W. Bush.
“People like Palin and Beck should be the ones getting shot at,” one tweet from Jan. 8 read. “Sadly it’s never warmongers like Palin and Bush that get shot,” another stated the same day.
One tweet complained that mass murders do not ever happen at Palin’s public events: “Ugh. All the wrong people get shot. Why doesn’t this kind of thing happen at a Sarah Palin event?”
Other tweets called for Palin to kill herself:
“All we’re asking is for Palin to say she shouldn’t have used crosshairs and violent rhetoric and [that] she won’t do it again and to shoot herself,” one user said Jan. 10.
“Listen. I don’t want much from Sarah Palin. I just want her to admit partial fault, then shoot herself in the face. Is that wrong,” another said on Jan. 8
CNSNews.com verified each tweet using Twitter’s advanced search function.