MSNBC journalist Martin Bashir took the Sarah Palin hate one step too far during an on air broadcast in mid-November, and he’s since resigned to allow the network to “focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.” For the first time since his resignation, Palin has come forward to respond to the incident.
In an appearance on “Fox & Friends”, Palin discussed the offensive comments like one where he suggested someone defecate in her mouth.
“My role was to accept his apology and be humble enough to accept it and move on,” she says. “But I just hope that unprovoked attack like that don’t result in people being hesitant to jump in the arena anyway. … I just hope that an attack like that doesn’t make people hesitate.”
Palin adds, “At this point, I’m used to it.”
Bashir’s comments came after Palin compared the burden of national debt to slavery during a speech. Bashir responded by describing the life of an 18th century plantation owner named Thomas Thistlewood who was particularly merciless with his slaves. Among other cruelties, he would order slaves to defecate in the mouths of others who broke the rules.
“When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance,” Bashir said at the time. “She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate.”
He later released a statement that read, “Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. … I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers.”