Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been arrested in Florida for Incitement. Palin was arrested after a Clearwater Florida rally in which she had whipped the crowed into such a fury one man called for the crowd to “kill him”, referring to Democratic candidate Barack Obama.
“I’m not surprised at her arrest.” Says Kent Trustworth, of the Free Speech Federation. “The statements she has been making and the cheers that she has been leading are absolutely incitement and not covered by the First Amendment. In this day and age, and in this country if you lead a cheer where you encourage the crowd to chant that your opponent is a ‘terrorist’ then you have clearly stepped over the line.”
The McCain campaign is calling the arrest of Palin a politically motivated prosecution and the vilest of tactics. They have vowed to win the freedom of their candidate and are promising to get ‘rough’ in the remaining days of the campaign.
If convicted of the charge of ‘incitement to violence’ Palin could face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $100,000, more if the incitement is classified as a hate crime.