While discussing sexual harassment, former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin revealed the surprising reason she believes she has not been subjected to such behavior.
Palin discussed sexual harassment in the workplace in an interview with MSNBC. She said that she personally hasn't experienced any incidents of sexual harassment and attributed that to the fact that she is a gun owner, reports the Washington Examiner.
"I think a whole lot of people know I'm packing, so I don't think there's a whole lot people who would necessarily mess with me," Palin told MSNBC's Kasie Hunt.
The former vice presidential nominee continued, "I don't mean to be lighthearted about it; this is a serious issue. It really stinks for women in the workplace that for too long, men have thought they can get away with that old-school thinking that it's OK to belittle and harass women."
The discussion came just days after Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota was accused of sexually assaulting Los Angeles radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden in 2006, while the two were on the same USO Tour.
Tweeden accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent. She shared a photo of the now-senator appearing to grope her breasts while she was asleep.
Franken issued an apology responding to the accusation, reports the Independent.
"I don't know what was my head when I took that picture, and it doesn't matter," Franken wrote in his apology. "There's no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn't funny. It's inappropriate. It's obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture."
Mad World News readers shared their thoughts on Palin's comments on the site's Facebook page.
"Sure a good majority of women have been sexual harassed at some point in their lives," one Mad World News reader commented. "Decades ago, I worked for a very large Midwest employer. The one and only time a supervisor harassed me , I immediately put him in his place. Never was harassed by him again. People will only treat you the way you allow them to."
"She is an assertive woman so men don’t mess with her," another user wrote. "The firearm she carries is added protection if needed.sexual harassment is another form of bullying. she stands up to bullies."
"That's how you drain the swamp you send the women to Washington packing heat," another reader added. "We will then see who the men are left standing."