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Sarah Palin Reacts to Bashir Resignation: 'My Role Is to Accept His Apology


"Our standards have got to be higher than this."

Image source: AP/Carolyn Kaster

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Thursday reacted to the resignation of MSNBC's Martin Bashir by once again saying she accepted his apology for crude remarks he made about her on his program, but also saying she hoped such attacks waged on anyone in the future wouldn't make them "hesitant to jump in the arena anyway."

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Bashir quit his show at MSNBC Thursday, citing comments he previously made about Palin in which he suggested someone should urinate and defecate on her as punishment for a comparison she made between the national debt and slavery.

"My role is to accept his apology and be humble enough to accept it and move on," Palin said on Fox News. "But I just hope that unprovoked attacks like that don't result in people being hesitant to jump in the arena anyway. To get out and there and serve the public or start a business. Or, commit themselves to changing within their family, their community, their world; doing whatever they can despite the fact that in this world, you are going to be hurt. And attacks will come your way. I just hope that an attack like that doesn't make people hesitate."

Asked to respond to the scripted nature of Bashir's remarks, Palin said it was "refreshing" for others in the media to "come out and say, 'look our standards have got to be higher than this.'"

Palin added that since running as the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, she's "used to" being attacked.

"That's kind of a sad state of affairs, too, to have to admit that I am used to it," she said. "After five years of this kind of stuff, some of that oomph kind of gets knocked out of you a bit. So, six years ago I probably would have been personally hurt by such an attack. Now, no, I look at it as it's kind of par for the course."

Palin also said the National Organization of Women hasn't come to her defense. "I haven't heard from one feminist."


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