After a sniper shooter killed five police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas last week, the issue of race in American vaulted into the headlines. While both sides of the political spectrum have spun the tragedy to fit their agenda, one high-profiled Republican might have gone too far.

Palin unloads on BLM

Never one to hold back her thoughts, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was quick to offer her opinion on the shooting in Dallas. The protest originally started peacefully, as demonstrators voiced their frustration with recent police shootings, in particular the deaths of African-American males Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Black Lives Matter has become controversial, with critics accusing the movement of creating further division when it comes to racial issues in the United States. Palin posted a long rant on Facebook following the shooting, and elaborated further during a Sunday night interview with Brietbart News, as reported by Mediaite on July 11.

"They're not protesters," Palin said, explaining, "These are thugs, they're rioters!" Palin went on to blame the media for legitimating the group by "perpetuating a message that really evil people are thriving on right now." "They try to intimidate and warp malleable young minds that one race matters more than another."

(Palin's comments start at 5:25 and 8:00 in the above video.)

Palin's comments double down on her previous Facebook post where she accused Black Lives Matter of being a "farce" that was filled with nothing but "thugs" who chant "death to cops" during their rallies.

While Palin has not backed down from her claims, she has reached partisan backlash, as most conservatives and members of the right-wing media appear to agree with her line of thinking.

Moving forward

The shooting suspect has since been identified as 25-year-old former former Marine, Micah Xavier Johnson. Police say Johnson was quoted as wanting to "kill white people" with a focus on "white officers." A search through Johnson's computer history and social media found that he was linked to several extreme Black Panther-style groups, with a controversial view on hatred towards white people.

President Obama described the shooting as "horrific," and along with Vice President Joe Biden and former President George W. Bush, will make his way to Dallas on Tuesday to mourn the loss of the victims.

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