Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday accepted MSNBC host Martin Bashir's apology after he suggested earlier this month that someone should urinate and defecate on her face.
"[W]ell obviously. Who am I not to accept an apology?" Palin asked "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "Everyone must humble themselves and accept that offer."
Palin, who earlier in the program branded Bashir's remarks as "vile" and "evil," however, added that she would like individuals apologizing in the future to first go through her husband.
"As for apologies, next time they want to say such a thing and get the attention they were seeking and after they've said it and then they want to call and apologize to me in private, I'd like them to go through say Todd first, or one of my children first," Palin said. "Leave the message with them, hear what they have to say about it and then they can come to me."
Watch Palin's response to Bashir (around 7:00 mark):
The former vice presidential candidate also said she can handle attacks, but added she would not hesitate to defend other individuals who may come under fire that lack a platform to do so.
“However, if Mr. Bashir, or anybody else in this media elite bubble that they put themselves in were to attack someone who is defenseless, like a vulnerable child, who does not have that podium, that microphone that god has blessed me to be able to express my opinion, if they don’t have that type of platform to defend themselves...well, if you want to see a Mama Grizzly get riled up and slap that person down, then you come after that vulnerable child,” she said.
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“In this case, he didn’t come after a vulnerable child. I can defend myself.”
Bashir, who apologized Monday for his remarks, has not been disciplined by the cable news network for the comments that he even acknowledged were “deeply offensive” and “wholly unacceptable.”
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