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Crowds at Palin Rallies Say "Sit Down, Boy!" and "Kill Him!"

Posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Tue Oct 7 14:46:13 2008

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Crowds at Palin Rallies Say "Sit Down, Boy!" and "Kill Him!"
In this morning's Washington Post, Dana Milbank reports on the typical scene at Sarah Palin rallies, and to put it mildly, it's not pretty.
Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."
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Coming on the heels of John McCain whipping up a crowd of supporters who called Obama a "terrorist," and Sarah Palin getting her audience to yell "Kill him!" (apparently about Obama), we now find out that Sarah Palin's mob of supporters yesterday turned on a black journalist and yelled "racial epithets" at him while telling him to "sit down, boy."

From the Washington Post:
Worse, Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."
Need any more proof of the divisiveness and elitism that John McCain and Sarah Palin are bringing to our country? Imagine, whipping up a crowd to hate "the other." Any surprise that Palin and McCain have so many ties to anti-Semites?
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Palin Supporter To Black Sound Man: "Sit Down, Boy"
By Greg Sargent - October 7, 2008, 9:27AM
Sarah Palin's frequent attacks on the media are now stoking so much outrage among her supporters that they've now taken to abusing reporters:

Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."
Palin's ugly attacks, her non-stop lying, and her glaring buffoonery and incompetence are all the media's fault! It is pretty outrageous, this liberal media conspiracy to report accurately on what Palin says and does as she asks us to put her a heartbeat away from being steward of our troubled economy and controlling the most powerful military in human history.
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McCain/Palin MUST be held accountable for supporters' terroristic threats
by Last Mechanic
Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 06:29:00 AM PDT
When will the people say ENOUGH?

Last night, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman both called attention to an alarming new trend in the McCain/Palin campaign. Supporters at two different rallies yesterday engaged in behavior bordering on violent towards Barack Obama and the press.

And McCain said nothing.

Palin said nothing.

Not during the rallies when their supporters behaved unacceptably, and to my knowledge not since.

By their silence, we must conclude that they approve of this dangerous surge of hatred among their supporters. Given their remarks about Barack Obama, I argue that they encourage it.

They must be held accountable.

Last Mechanic's diary :: ::
The first example of violent hate speech was during McCain's New Mexico rally, when McCain asks,

"Who is the real Barack Obama?"

And someone in the crowd, loudly howls, "A TERRORIST!"

And McCain grimaces, but says nothing.

That same day at Palin's rally in Clearwater, Florida, Palin tells the crowd that Obama is "friends" with Ayers. In response, an audience member shouts,

"KILL HIM!"

(Catch Rachel's coverage of these two events here.)

Then this morning, in Olds88's top recommended diary, I read Dana Milbank's account of these two rallies, and learn of yet another highly disturbing moment in Clearwater. Apparently, after Palin complains about mainstream media:

Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."




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