Since the House passed health care reform on Sunday, Democratic lawmakers who voted for the bill have received death threats and been victims of vandalism. While some Republicans have condemned these incidents, Sarah Palin seemed to fan the flames of discontent by labeling a map of vulnerable lawmakers’ districts with crosshairs on her Facebook page and tweeting, “Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: ‘Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!’” This morning, NBC’s Ann Curry asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) if he believed his former running mate should use less “incendiary” language. McCain condemned any violence but excused Palin’s “reload” rhetoric and use of crosshairs. Today on Capitol Hill, ThinkProgress caught up with Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), who said that Palin’s reload map is “inappropriate”:
TP: Speaking of gun shots, would you consider Palin telling her supporters they need to “reload,” and posting a picture of crosshairs on Democratic members — is that inappropriate?
OLSON: There’s things, both parties are inappropriate.
TP: Is that inappropriate, yes or no?
OLSON: No I’m not going to answer the question.
TP: So it is appropriate.
OLSON: It is inappropriate.
While Olson continually claimed that both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have incited violence, he could not point to a single example of Democrats doing so.