Sarah Palin says Curt Schilling punishment shows ESPN ‘buys into the propaganda of ISIS’
Curt Schilling may have outraged many people by tweeting a meme that compared extremist Muslims to Nazis earlier this week, but he has at least one supporter in former Alaska Gov. and one-time Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The former MLB pitcher and current baseball analyst was removed from ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series soon after he sent out the controversial tweet on Tuesday.
But Palin jumped to his defense Thursday night in a lengthy Facebook post, accusing ESPN of buying “into the propaganda of ISIS,” an acronym for the so-called Islamic State militant group.
“Schilling’s tweet - was he wrong? No! In fact his stats were too generous in estimating Muslims’ attitudes. Reports show it’s 88% of Egyptian Muslims favoring DEATH for anyone who leaves Islam. The majority of Muslims in many other places share the sentiment. In America, these views could be correctly described as ‘extreme.’
“The difference between Hitler’s army and the genocidal maniacs of ISIS is that the jihadists don’t have as much power… yet.
“By denying the accuracy of Schilling’s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism. It shows once again that ESPN would rather concentrate on liberal global politics instead of report well on our beloved sports.”
Schilling’s tweet included a meme that featured a likeness of Adolf Hitler and the message: “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
He also added his own commentary: “The math is staggering when you get to the true #s.”
Schilling quickly deleted the tweet and later apologized, saying he accepted his punishment from ESPN.
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