Palin: Sterling's Racial Remarks 'Atrocious' and 'Un-American'

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 04:30 PM

By John A. Oswald

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racial comments about black people were "un-American" and "atrocious."

Palin was quizzed about Sterling in a wide-ranging interview with "Extra's" Mario Lopez ahead of the launch of her new show, "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," on Thursdays on the Sportsman Channel.

"What he said is atrocious and so passé, so un-American!" Palin declared.

Sterling's views went global April 25 when celebrity news site TMZ.com published a 10-minute recording of the billionaire Sterling berating his girlfriend for associating with blacks.

The recording was sharply criticized by civil rights leaders, fans and players. On April 29, the National Basketball Association banned Sterling from the game for life.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Sterling will not be allowed any role in the operations of his team or be able to serve as one of the league's governors.

Sterling is the longest-tenured owner of any of the 30 NBA teams.

On a different note, Palin was asked by Lopez about Hillary Rodham Clinton's impending elevation to a a whole new role on the national stage: grandmother. Her daughter, Chelsea, recently announced she is pregnant.

Will it make Clinton more electable in 2016?

"I think it will kind of broaden her world view. I think anyone who is a grandparent really starts looking further down the road. We start thinking about things like $17 trillion debt that our nation is under and what we're going to hand that to our grandkids for them to pay off . . . that's not fair to our grandkids. Hopefully, she'll start thinking along those terms, too."

And on her own possible White House ambitions for 2016?

"Oh, my goodness," she said of when her decision would come.

"It would be sometime down the road because a lot can happen, especially in the world of politics in the matter of days, weeks, months, much less two years."

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