Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, former Republican Vice Presidential candidate and current moron-du-jour released a statement today where she denounced efforts to blame her for the recent shooting rampage in Tucson.
In a lengthy statement posted on her Facebook page, Palin called efforts to blame her for the shooting “reprehensible,” adding that “especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn.”
That’s a bit of an unfortunate phrase – see, “Blood Libel” refers to a false accusation that Jews murder children in order to use their blood for ritual purposes – like baking Matzah. Such claims have historically served as the cornerstone of anti-Semitism and Jewish persecution. That Palin would use this phrase in the context of the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and her aide, both of whom are Jewish, and use it in a way that paints her as the victim, is, at best, grossly insensitive, if not absolutely ignorant.
Palin refers to the blood libel at 3:23 of the video, if you don’t have the patience to watch the whole thing. I promise I’m not taking her comments out of context. But I couldn’t make up stuff that is this stupid.
Calling bad press a “blood libel” is like calling a rough day at work, the “Holocaust.”
As a side note, the white power blogosphere is all atwitter about a Mother Jones interview with a close friend of Loughner’s that suggests that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is Jewish. Not only that but apparently Jared’s Mom is a member of the same 140 member synagogue that Giffords belongs to. The accusation is that the Jewish controlled media has prevented that information from getting out. I guess I didn’t get the memo:
Tierney believes that Loughner was very interested in pushing people’s buttonsâ€”and that may have been why he listed Hitler’s Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books on his YouTube page. (Loughner’s mom is Jewish, according to Tierney.)
UPDATE: Turns out that according to the JTA, while it is possible that Loughner had a great-grandfather that was Jewish, it is exceedingly unlikely that Loughner himself was Jewish. None of the Rabbis or employees at the synagogue in question have any idea who the Loughner family was, prior to the shooting.