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Palin on Sandusky: ‘Hang him from the highest tree and I will bring the rope’

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Jeff Poor
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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday evening that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky should be hanged, and even offered to supply the necessary material for the execution.

Sandusky is accused of raping a young boy in the team’s locker room, according to a grand jury report, and sexually molesting several others.

Asked by “On the Record” host Greta van Susteren about comments made by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum about the controversy, Palin said, “It’s not the players’ fault that they have a perverted former assistant coach.”

“As for the perp and perps that allowed the sinfulness to go on as they had allowed in the past, you know, I say about this assistant coach Sandusky: Hang him from the highest tree. I’ll bring the rope,” she said.

Palin described Sandusky’s alleged behavior as “pathetic, it’s horrible, it’s atrocious.”

Van Susteren asked Palin to confirm that she believed Sandusky should be tried in a court of law, to which Palin indicated her agreement.

“Hang him from the highest tree and I will bring the rope if he is guilty of what has been alleged,” Palin responded. “If he abused these young children and ruined their lives, unless they get a lot of help, Greta, in order to deal with the victimization that they are now suffering from, he needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law if he is truly guilty.”

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