Olbermann Connects Giffords Shooting To Palin, Beck

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Keith Olberman and Sarah PalinArizona– Last night Keith Olbermann gave a ‘special comment’ on yesterday’s shooting in Arizona, connecting the violence in Arizona to the “ever-escalating, borderline-ecstatic invocation of violence in fact or in fantasy in our political discourse.”

“It is essential tonight not to demand revenge, but to demand justice; to insist not upon payback against those politicians and commentators who have so irresponsibly brought us to this time of domestic terrorism, but to work to change the minds of them and their supporters,” he said, before linking the shootings to Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party movement, among others.

If Sarah Palin, whose website put and today scrubbed bullseye targets on 20 Representatives including Gabby Giffords, does not repudiate her own part in amplifying violence and violent imagery in politics, she must be dismissed from politics – she must be repudiated by the members of her own party, and if they fail to do so, each one of them must be judged to have silently defended this tactic that today proved so awfully foretelling, and they must in turn be dismissed by the responsible members of their own party…

If the Tea Party leaders who took out of context a Jefferson quote about blood and tyranny and the tree of liberty do not understand – do not understand tonight, now what that really means, and these leaders do not tell their followers to abhor violence and all threat of violence, then those Tea Party leaders must be repudiated by the Republican Party…

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