October 24, 2008
I just watched some highlights of Brian Williams's interview with Sarah Palin and John McCain.
This exchange was shocking: (I transcribed this section myself -- sorry about any errors.)
She could have just said yes. Instead Sarah Palin decided to talk about Bill Ayers. Brian Williams's even gave her a second chance to answer the question.
Brian Williams: Back to the notion of terrorists and terrorism, this word has come up in relation to Mr. Ayers -- hanging out with terrorist Ã¢â‚¬â€œ domestic terrorists. It is said that it gives it a vaguely post uh 9-11 hint, using that word, that we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t normally associate with domestic crimes. Are we changing the definition? Are the people who set fire to American cities during the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ60Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s terrorists, under this definition? Is an abortion clinic bomber a terrorist under the definition?
Sarah Palin: There is no question that Bill Ayers via his own admittance was um one who sought to destroy our US Capitol and our Pentagon -- that is a domestic terrorist. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no question there. Now others who would want to engage in harming innocent Americans or um facilities, that uh, it would be unacceptable -- I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if you could use the word terrorist, but its unacceptable and it would not be condoned of course on our watch. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if what you are asking is if I regret referring to Bill Ayers as an unrepentant domestic terrorist. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t regret characterizing him as that.
Brian Williams: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just asking what other categories you would put in there. Abortion clinic bombers? Protesters in cities where fires were started, Molotov cocktails, were thrown? People died.
Sarah Palin: I would put in that category of Bill Ayers anyone else who would seek to destroy our United States Capitol and our Pentagon and would seek to destroy innocent Americans.
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