Bashir's comments about her mouth and what he would like to see go in it. (Hey, it's what was done to slaves by some slave owners, Bashir was simply wondering how it would feel to Palin if she suffered the same way that the slaves did.)
Of course this couldn't have gone better for Palin if she had planned it in advance with the aforementioned Bashir. No one plays the victim role like Sarah Palin. No one! She thrives on being a "super troll" who says outrageous things, and when there is a response she acts shocked that her intended troll target would have such a response.
"I don't have to accept his words, his vile, evil comments, so they don't have to affect me. I move on and I charge forth," the 2008 vice presidential candidate said during an interview that aired on "Fox News Sunday."
Give me a break!
It is what she is doing to Bashir, now. He was rightfully outraged by her ignorant and misguided comments about slavery, and he just could not keep his anger in check. I understand. I wanted to say something much worse.
The irony is, of course, that Bashir is taking way more heat for his comments about Palin than she is about her shameful comments about slavery.
Bashir apologized to Palin, but she doubled down and did not apologize to the millions of African Americans in this country who are descendants of slaves.
But she gets a pass, because trivializing the suffering that came along with slavery is now accepted in "post-racial" America. The "federal debt" might be equal to slavery in her eyes, because her ancestors were not beaten and whipped and treated as chattel.
Of course conservatives have tried to spin her comments. They have actually read her mind and decided that she meant a different kind of slavery. Whatever.
Palin herself tried to lecture us black folks about slavery and what it really means. I mean Sarah does know black folks. Just ask Glen Rice.
"And that’s not a racist thing to do, by the way, which I know somebody is going to claim it is.
TAPPER: Don’t you ever fear that by using hyperbole like that — obviously, you don’t literally mean it’s like slavery, which cost millions of people their lives and there was rape and torture. You’re using it as a metaphor.
But don’t you ever worry that by using that kind of language, you — you risk obscuring the point you’re trying to make?
PALIN: There is another definition of slavery and that is being beholden to some kind of master that is not of your choosing. And, yes, the national debt will be like slavery when the note comes due.
TAPPER: So you’re not — you’re not work — I mean I’m — I’m taking it as a no, but you’re not — you’re not concerned about the language —
PALIN: I’m not one to be politically correct, evidently." [Source]
We understand, Sarah. You have reputation to protect and a fan base to excite.