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And tonight on -- my exclusive interview with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin now this is the governor is very first television appearance since the horrific shooting in Tucson.
But took the lives of six Americans and wounded more than a dozen others she's here respond -- the political finger pointing.
That took place in the aftermath of that tragedy -- much much more and joining me tonight from Wasilla Alaska is Fox News contributor Governor Sarah Palin governor welcome back.
Thanks John thank you for the opportunity I let let's go back.
-- to the very beginning nine days ago when the shooting occurred where what are you wouldn't and what we -- -- at the time.
I was in my home here in -- and I'm.
Of course my first thoughts when I heard of the shooting was -- and knowing that there were deaths was somehow absolutely atrocious this was and how.
I'm evil a person would have to be to kill an innocent and then as things unfolded and heard shot about -- the death of an innocent child a nine year old.
Child my thoughts nothing could be.
As horrendous as that and you know that is the main thing that we need to remember here even as we proceed in our discussion shot is that there are families mourning and we mourn with those who -- we agree with those who grieve and they are prayers.
Cover these families and made the somehow as we read the book of Jeremiah god touch these families and envelop that -- and the peace -- only he can provide may he turn their morning somehow supernatural lead to joint.
Governor I -- -- your name.
And I put in the words.
Governor Sarah Palin Tucson shooting.
And it came up nearly 101000.
In 101000 instances.
We you connected to this when did you first realize you were being connected to this tragedy.
Well right away unfortunately.
And not just me and this isn't about me and my response four days after.
Does this horrendous event -- in my response I talked about defending those who were innocent had nothing to do with the shooting and it.
My defense wasn't self defense it was defending those who -- Falsely accused.
I might sound not right away because when that I started to go to leniency here well who did this and names were not -- -- but.
I read my name in the reports and then I read to Rush Limbaugh and then soon.
Your name's -- and -- abandoned some Tea Party patriots and -- the entire state of Arizona was being.
-- of accused of somehow being accessories.
-- this horrendous horrendous crime.
That is why I was puzzled at first as to why before facts were even gathered why would be that the mainstream media would start.
Accusing and using such a tragedy for what appeared to be right off the bat some political gain.
Yeah I didn't particularly like my profession what I do for a living.
I'm being called the merchant of hate by Robert F Kennedy junior.
I didn't like it at all and I responded and I'm gonna get -- you and you know your choice and responding in all that in just a second.
A lot of these initial stories governor had to do with with this map that you're -- -- put up during the last campaign and the fact that.
Was one of the people on quote the target list in the cross hairs that were there.
What what could you tell us about this map and an -- -- -- in a more questions after that.
Well that map wasn't an original graphic in fact for many many years maps in political races have been used to target certain districts that.
Magnet to people would feel that they can now get into those districts and find someone whom they believe -- down represented their constituents' will better than an incumbent and that is what this map represented that we used on my pack.
And the graphic that was used was cross terrorists targeting the different districts and again that's not original affect Democrats have been using it for years in fact Bob Beckel I believe that he.
Had bragged on your show shot that he is the one who invented these cross hairs are these targets -- It it and that came up Brenda wade that oh it must to be cause of this.
Horrendous evil act of this shooter that perhaps he saw that -- and that incited him towards violence which of course is.
Ridiculous and again it's not an original use of but I -- graphic.
Begin June did you or your -- have this taken off the web -- immediately after the shooting -- that's been bantered about.
You know I believe that I'm someone in the -- in fact the contract graphic artist didn't take it down.
And I don't think that that was inappropriate if it was -- cars are much heart burn and even more controversy -- have a problem with that being taken down but at the screen shots of course have been taking -- that and I don't know if the Democrats.
They've taken down -- airs.
In these ensuing days but again I you know knowing that that had absolutely nothing to do with an apolitical or perhaps even left leading.
Crib and all who -- -- these innocents and an injured so many.
I didn't have a problem with that being taken down if in fact it actually has been taken down.
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