Staffers working for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton used words associated with guns and violence thousands of times over email, despite calling former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s use of the word “crosshairs” “irresponsible.”
Palin published a map in 2011 showing Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords’ district in what some interpreted to be the crosshairs of a rifle on a map targeting areas for Palin’s PAC. Democrats quickly jumped on the chance to label potentially gun related talk as “irresponsible.” News outlets and pundits opined that Palin was in some way responsible for the 2011 shooting of Giffords during a campaign rally.
A recent analysis of leaked emails from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s Gmail account revealed that the Clinton camp is no stranger to “violent” language.
A search of the word “target” returned 1,731 emails. Staffers used the word to refer to “target” districts, or to a group of people the campaign wanted to reach out to, essentially with the same meaning as Palin’s map.
Interestingly enough, 36 emails contained the word “crosshairs,” and only one of them referred to the Palin ad. Other words included “Shoot,” which returned 380 emails, “fire,” which was featured in 1,019 emails, and the word “shot” came up in over 1,200 emails.
Only 210 emails used the word “Trigger,” and over 300 came back with the word “Bullet.” Another highly featured word was “gun” — 979 emails used that word.
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