Sarah Palin Accuses Letterman of Promoting the Abuse of Women
After David Letterman apologized for remarks made on his show, Governor Sarah Palin kicked the apology back in his face on the "Today" show and actually accused the 62-year-old comedian of promoting abuse towards young women, contributing to the low self-esteem of women across America and being a possible sexual danger to her 14-year-old daughter Willow.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin intensified her war of words with comedian David Letterman on Friday, claiming his controversial joke about one of her daughters had contributed to the "acceptance of abuse of young women" and calling on people to "start really
Appearing on NBC's Today show, Palin also told host Matt Lauer that he was "extremely naive" if he believed the "Late Show" host's explanation of the joke.
When Lauer noted that Letterman had not mentioned Willow by name and later denied that he was referring to her, Palin responded, "Matt, I would say that you and anybody else are extremely naive to believe that very convenient excuse of David Letterman's the other day. He took a couple of days for him to think of that excuse that, oh, no, he
wasn't talking about my daughter who was there with me at the [Yankees] game, the
14-year-old. Well, I think it's a weak excuse."
She added, "I would hope that people really start -- really rising up and deciding it's not acceptable. No wonder young girls, especially, have such low self-esteem in America." Palin said that she could "connect the dots to a degrading statement made about young women, and that does contribute to some acceptance of abuse of young women."
Later, Lauer pressed Palin to explain a line in a statement from her spokesperson that "it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman." Lauer asked, "Are you
suggesting that David Letterman can't be trusted around a 14-year-old girl?"