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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sarah Palin Plagued By Death Threats After Tucson Shooting

Death Threats Against Sarah Palin Spike After Tucson, Arizona Shooting

It's not just the criticism of Sarah Palin that's increasing in the wake of the Tucson shooting -- death threats against her are too. according to the former Alaska governor's aides.

"There has been an incredible increase in death threats against Gov. Palin since the tragedy in Arizona, since she's been accused of having the blood of those victims on her hands," Palin aide Rebecca Mansour told USA Today.

"When you start to accuse people of having the blood of innocent people on their hands, it incites violence," she added.

Shortly after the shootings, Palin's critics drew a correlation between the deadly massacre and a map Palin had posted in the fall showing crosshairs over opponents' districts including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during the rampage.

Dozens of Twitter users called for Palin's death, shortly after the bloodbath in Tucson, the Daily Caller reported.

Calling herself a victim of "blood libel," the former vice-presidential candidate blasted claims that she was to blame for the violence in

"After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event," she said in a video posted on her Facebook page on Wednesday insisting the bloodbath was the act of one "deranged" man.

Both sides of the political aisle have tried to blame the other for alleged gunman Jared Loughner's act of violence.

Fox News host Glenn Beck suggested on Monday that Palin increase her security in light of the anger fueled toward the 46-year-old, who is rumored to run for President in 2012.

"An attempt on you could bring the Republic down," he said.

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Sources: ABC News, CBS News, NY Daily News, Twitter, Youtube, Google Maps

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