Sarah Palin: 'Those on the Left Hate My Message'


Palin faced a supportive questioner in Hannity, who noted that several threats have been made against Palin and her family, and that plenty of people have attacked the former governor verbally over the years.

"I don't think a lot of people on the left have been very civil toward you," he said.

Palin agreed, saying that "people on left, if they didn't have double standards, they would have no standards."

Palin again dodged questions about whether she would run for president, but said, "I am going to continue to speak out. They are not going to shut me up. … I'll take the darts and the arrows because I know others have my back, and I have their back."

Sean Hannity Defends Sarah Palin

Palin turned to a friendly face tonight, as she tried to counter widespread disapproval of her response to the Arizona shootings.

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Hannity, a conservative commentator, has been a vocal defender of Palin in the past, as well as in the days after the deadly rampage. He said on "Fox & Friends" this morning that the notion that Palin's rhetoric and much-discussed crosshairs on Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's district were in any way responsible for the shootings was "absurd on the face of it."

Indeed, law enforcement has found no connection between Palin, or her politics, and the shootings.

Hannity suggested that Palin has been flat-out treated unfairly. "I don't think there has been any one public official that has been as brutally criticized as Gov. Palin," he said.

And he noted that Palin herself has suffered a great deal since the shootings. "A lot of people want to hear about what she is feeling, what she has been through," he said, adding that a number of death threats have been made against her.

Palin's first response to the Tucson events was a message on Facebook on the day of the shootings, offering her "sincere condolences." But it was her second Facebook posting that raised eyebrows.

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