Gov. Sarah Palin stood up for Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday after it was revealed the shooter volunteered for Sanders during the 2016 primary.
Palin was wrongfully blamed by the media for inspiring the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in 2014.
Check it out (via Breitbart):
Palin, in an exclusive statement to Breitbart News, called for the media industry to be more careful than they were back when Giffords was shot—specifically asking for “media integrity” when it comes to learning the motives of the shooter of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the GOP congressional baseball practice on Wednesday morning.
“Prayers for healing are raised for all victims of today’s horrific violence, while we lift up thankfulness that lives were not lost,” Palin told Breitbart News.
She went on:
“While justice is now sought upon the capture of the deranged attacker, an additional prayer must be for no acceptance of a rush to destroy anyone else in this horrible incident. Those seeking political advantage reacted so recklessly and irresponsibly the last time a member of Congress was brutally attacked, as media inexplicably played a knee-jerk blame game assuming that attacker’s motives.
Today’s shooter appears to be a Bernie Sanders supporter and campaign volunteer. But Bernie Sanders is not to blame. Maybe the media have matured enough to allow coverage of this most recent violence to focus on facts, because media integrity will be crucial as America witnesses today’s events unfolding and, on behalf of our Congressional Representatives, we all seek justice.”
Sanders responded to the news in a statement:
I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society. pic.twitter.com/ib2reH3ghQ
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 14, 2017
Palin has been the target of “vitriolic” rhetoric by the media over the years.
The incident involving Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting was no exception.
Both sides of the aisle have called for unity during this time and have additionally spoken out against the politically-motivated violence that seems to be increasingly prevalent.