Palin Bemoans Bashir’s ‘Vile, Evil Comments’

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Sunday responded to recent comments by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, which she described as “vile” and “evil.”

Palin told Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace that MSNBC is guilty of “hypocrisy” by failing to punish Bashir, but said she’s ready to move on.

“You have a decision to make when you take a shot,” Palin said. “Are you going to become bitter or better? In a case like this, you know, I don’t have to accept his words, his vile, evil comments, so they don’t have to affect me. I move on. And I charge forth.”

During a broadcast earlier this month, Bashir criticized Palin for comparing the national debt to slavery and said the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee and suggested that she deserved to have someone defecate in her mouth, a harsh disciplinary action carried out by a notorious 18th century slave owner named Thomas Thistlewood. Bashir has since apologized for the comments.

“As for the apologies, well, obviously, you know, who am I to not accept an apology?” Palin said. “Everyone must humble themselves and accept that offer to, you know, of apology.”

Following Bashir’s comments, Palin cancelled an interview scheduled last week with NBC’s Matt Lauer. Her political action committee sent a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NBC News President Deborah Turness calling for Bashir to be disciplined. 

 

 

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