By Stephen C. Webster for Raw Story
Saturday, January 8th, 2011 -- 3:40 pm
Telling voters to 'reload' and 'aim for' Democrats was perfectly fine, Sen. McCain argued in March
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot Saturday during a public event in Tucson, was among 20 other members of Congress who were on a so-called hit list published by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Palin, who has never publicly advocated violence against fellow US politicians, has often employed rhetorical attacks that leverage imagery and terminology familiar to gun owners and evocative of firearms. She said in March that her supporters should "reload" and "aim for" Democrats, ostensibly with their votes.
A map of the US, published on Palin's Facebook page, featured targeting crosshairs over individual congressional districts Palin had targeted for intense campaign efforts. While her note called for "pink slips," she added that supporters should fire a "salvo" at those lawmakers. Rep. Giffords was on the list.
Hours after Giffords was shot, that list was still available on Palin's Facebook page. (Screenshot.)
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