Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Tucson, Arizona, has become the spokesman for blaming right-wing “vitriol” for the shooting by deranged gunman Jared Lee Loughner. 

Dupnik made national fame last spring when he announced that he would refuse to enforce the new Arizona immigration law and for his flamboyant statements accusing immigration enforcement supporters of being racist.

As part of this media feeding frenzy, Sarah Palin has been accused of having “blood on her hands” by a New York Daily News columnist and numerous left-wing bloggers even though there is no evidence whatsoever that Loughner ever even saw the map which appeared on Palin’s website of targeted congressional districts.

These clips from Dupnik’s press conference have been cited across the internet and media to support Dupnik’s view and the right-wing vitriol meme:

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But Meghyn Kelly has forced Dupnik to admit that as of this afternoon, Dupnik had absolutely no evidence as to any connection between such allegedly vitriolic political rhetoric and the shooting.

Dupnik admitted “it’s just my opinion period” and that “I don’t have that information yet” when pressed as to whether he had evidence to make the connection:

If Sheriff Dupnik had any shame, he would stop politicizing these deaths and this shooting, now that he has been forced to admit that he is engaging in rank speculation.

Update:  The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel.

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