Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin told Fox News Thursday that “unprovoked attacks” like the one MSNBC host Martin Bashir made on her could make people hesitate to “serve the public or start a business.”
Bashir announced his resignation Wednesday after stating on his Nov. 15 show that someone should defecate in Palin’s mouth because she equated slavery and the national debt to China in a recent speech.
He previously apologized for the remarks on his show, but it is unclear whether he reached out to Palin to personally make an apology.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Palin Thursday morning if its “enough” that Bashir was allowed to keep his job for three weeks and then resigned.
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“My role is to accept his apology and be humble enough to accept it and move on," Palin responded. “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 there and serve the public or start a business or really 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,” she said.
“One of the things about his attack is it was scripted,” said co-host Steve Doocy. “The people at NBC had a chance to review it and said – they obviously, or apparently, all agreed. And rather than fire him, they let him resign.”
“After weeks,” co-host Brian Kilmeade added.
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“Well, it was refreshing to see, though, that many in the media did come out and say, ‘Look, our standards have to be higher than this,” Palin said.
“At this point I’m used to it,” she added. “That’s kind of a sad state of affairs, too, to have to admit that I am used to it. After five years of this kind of stuff … six years ago I probably would have been personally hurt by such an attack.”
“I deeply regret what was said,” Bashir said in a statement, “will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers — who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences.”
MSNBC President Phil Griffin thanked Bashir after his decision, calling him a “good man and respected colleague.”
“I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with MSNBC,” Griffin said in a statement.