“It’s not going to do anybody any good to ratchet up the rhetoric based on speculation,” Palin told Fox News. She shared her observations just hours after Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush was asked to leave the House floor after donning a hooded sweatshirt to protest Martin’s death…
“What concerns me – the facts still aren’t out there,” Palin said. “Obviously when we hear about a 17-year-old young man losing his life, it’s tragic. It’s horrible. I am so, so extremely sorry for the family.”
But she was upset at Rush’s display on the House floor calling it “atrocious.”
“Racial profiling has to stop,” said Rush as he removed his suit jacket. “Just because someone is wearing a hoodie, doesn’t make them a hoodlum.”
“It’s quite appalling that Rep. Rush chose to go this route,” she said. “There are other ways to get your message across. It’s really bad precedent that he’s trying to set – violating such tradition and such rules to make a political statement.”
She also called out President Obama – saying he should not have jumped into the growing outrage over the shooting.
“I think it was orchestrated,” Palin said. “I’m going to get clobbered for even suggesting this, but it is what I believe.”
Palin said she was “very, very surprised out of all the issues that are going on in our country today that the president” would have taken a question about the Martin case.
She said the politicization of the shooting is unfair to Martin’s parents.
“It’s unspeakable the hurt, the sorrow, the loss this family is feeling,” she said. “People who are jumping in there without having all the facts first are making the situation even worse when you consider we are talking about a young man’s life.”
Update by Doug: Now I’ve heard everything. At the urging of the cartoonish MSNBC Lefty Andrea Mitchell, Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager decries the “politicization” of the Trayvon Martin shooting by…you guessed it…Republicans. You can’t make this up:
“His Republican opponents have jumped all over him because they do want to play politics with this issue. The President spoke from his heart on this, it was trying to emphasize with some parents who had just lost a child. By any measure, this was a tragedy and we need to let the investigation take its course,” Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager, said on MSNBC today.
“People have to stop politicizing it,” she added. “It’s no surprise that some of our Republican opponents are trying to make an issue with this. But the President spoke from the heart and we need to let the investigation take its course.”