Sarah Palin has weighed in over a planned mosque near New York's Ground Zero - an idea she took to her Twitter page to encourage Muslims to refudiate.
Yes, you read that right. Refudiate.
“Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate,” she Tweeted.
No word if she refudiates the engagement of Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, but last week, she coined the term regarding NAACP allegations of racist elements within the Tea Party movement, saying “[The Obamas] could refudiate" them.
After much mockery, she then Tweeted this:
“‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”
Yes. However jokingly, Sarah Palin has compared herself to Shakespeare.
Perhaps more amazing than her non-word choice was the message of the Tweet, seen by some as a cynical effort to stoke ugly anti-Muslim sentiment.
The building's planners, the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative, say it's modeled on religious and community centers.
The 13-story, $100 million building will include an arts center, gym and a swimming pool, as well as a mosque, two blocks away from Ground Zero.
CBS and NBC nixed an ad opposing it from the National Republican Trust PAC that melded footage of the 9/11 attacks with sounds of Muslim prayer.
A recent poll showed a majority of New Yorkers oppose the plan. However, an aide in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's City Hall hit back at Sarah, Tweeting:
"@SarahPalinUSA mind your business."
"@SarahPalinUSA whose hearts? Racist hearts?"
Zing! The aide, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, deleted both tweets after posting them, with Bloomberg's staff stating she was expressing her opinion alone.
She later explained: "Deleted post bc I regretted curt response. But fact is, I believe this city belongs to everyone - and no one more than another"
"Unlike @SarahPalinUSA, I was born here grew up here. Was showing off to a visitor today. Look at how beautiful and diverse my city is. I felt pain of 9/11, the trauma."
"I got through it by believing in my city. Not through fear and hate."
Bloomberg has defended the plan, arguing that blocking it would impinge on religious freedom, and has denounced calls to look into its funding.