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Sarah Palin: Hang Penn State's 'perverted former assistant coach'

November 16, 2011 |  9:09 am

Sarah Palin, shown in October, has recommended hanging for Jerry Sandusky

Sarah Palin didn't mince words about her feelings toward Jerry Sandusky, Penn State's "perverted former assistant coach."

Palin, frequently outspoken, didn't stray from that tendency when speaking emotionally on the Penn State child-sex-abuse scandal with Sandusky at its center. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate was interviewed by Greta van Susteren on Tuesday night on Fox News' "On the Record." 

“It’s not the players’ fault that they have a perverted former assistant coach ..." she said.

PHOTOS: Penn State sex-abuse scandal

Sandusky has been charged with abusing eight boys over a 15-year period. He denies the charges, but the scandal has forced the ouster of the university's president and legendary football coach Joe Paterno, among others.

Palin continued: “As for the perp and perps that allowed the sinfulness to go on as they had allowed in the past, you know, I say about this assistant coach Sandusky: Hang him from the highest tree. I’ll bring the rope.”

When Van Susteren reminded Palin about the need to be found guilty in a court of law before being punished, Palin toned it down to say she would "bring the rope if he is guilty of what has been alleged."

“If he abused these young children and ruined their lives, unless they get a lot of help, Greta, in order to deal with the victimization that they are now suffering from, he needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law if he is truly guilty.”

Palin's words caused a stir on Twitter on Wednesday morning with both sides represented  -- "HANGINGS 2 GOOD 4 HIM!" and "I agree" as well as "She's a lyncher" and "Must insert herself."

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-- Amy Hubbard

Photo: Sarah Palin speaks at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul in October. Credit: Lee Seung-Hwan / AFP/Getty Images

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