Palin calls Bashir’s comments ‘evil,’ doubles down on slavery-debt comparison

November 24, 2013
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin listens to guests at a clambake in Seabrook, N.H., Thursday, June 2, 2011. Palin has been visiting East coast cities this past week. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
File: Former Alaska governor  Sarah Palin (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Sarah Palin on Sunday reiterated her recent comments that the national debt is tantamount to slavery and shrugged off remarks made by MSNBC host Martin Bashir, who suggested she undergo a particularly disturbing brand of punishment used on slaves.

"The definition of slavery is to be beholden to a master, and we will be beholden when that note is due, when we have taken from our children and our grandchildren and borrowed from foreign countries in order to pay for our wants today," Palin said on "Fox News Sunday." "We will be beholden to a master at some point when that note's due."

Palin was also asked about  Bashir's recent comments suggesting she be subjected to a punishment used by one slave-owner who had a slave defecate into the mouth of another slave.

Palin said it was hypocritical for MSNBC not to have punished Bashir but said she's not too worried about it because she has a platform to defend herself. She called the comments "evil" and "vile."

Bashir has apologized. Palin accepted the apology, saying  "who am I to not accept an apology."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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