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Pat Buchanan: Sarah Palin “Is Not A Dispenser Of Hate, She’s A Victim Of Hate”

On MSNBC yesterday, host Andrea Mitchell wondered if Sarah Palin‘s controversial use of the term “blood libel” was just her being “ignorant” of the historical meaning of the term or as Democratic strategist Bob Shrum suggested, was it inappropriate for Palin to continue referring to her political opponents as evil? MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan refused to accept either proposal as true and strongly defended Palin’s video response saying “I think she’s done this exactly right.”

Buchanan was upset over all the vitriol directed at Palin in recent days, since there has been no evidence to directly connect Palin to the shooter. Referring to all such criticism of Palin as “insupportable slander,” Buchanan thought Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” was completely appropriate in the context of an unjustifiable claim. Buchanan concluded, “this woman is not a dispenser of hate, she’s a victim of hate,” to which Shrum excitedly responded, “she’s no victim, she’s been out there taunting people for two years.”

Many conservative voices have yet to defend Palin as passionately as Buchanan did here. Also of enjoyment is watching Shrum repeatedly tell Buchanan that just because he disagrees with Pat, it doesn’t mean he thinks Pat is evil. Shrum repeats this point so many times, as he tries to talk over Buchanan, that Pat eventually says “thank you very much” as he tries to make his point.

Watch the clip from MSNBC below:

(h/t Talking Points Memo)

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