Sarah Palin: ‘I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere’

By David Edwards
Sunday, June 5, 2011 11:40 EDT
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Failed former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin insists that she didn’t flub the history of Paul Revere.

The former Alaska governor was widely mocked last week when she offered a skewed version of the Revere story.

“He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed,” she explained to reporters in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday.

“You realized you messed up about Paul Revere?” Fox News host Chris Wallace noted in an interview with Palin Sunday.

“You know what, I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere,” Palin replied. “Here is what Paul Revere did. He warned the Americans that the British were coming, the British were coming and they were going to try to take our arms and we have to make sure we were protecting ourselves and shoring up all of our ammunitions and our firearms so they couldn’t take it.”

She continued: “Remember, the British had been there, many soldiers for seven years in that area. Part of Paul Revere’s ride — it wasn’t just one ride — he was a courier, a messenger. Part of the ride was to warn British that we’re already there. You are not going to succeed. You are not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual private militia we have. He did warn the British.”

“In a shout out, gotcha question that was asked of me, I answered candidly. I know my American history,” she added.

“Well, I got to tell you, I wasn’t sure entirely before I asked you the question,” Wallace admitted, “so I went to Google to make sure I knew as much. We both know now.”

The detailed account of what happened on April 18, 1775 offered by the Paul Revere House in Boston differs from Palin’s.

“Paul Revere was sent for by Dr. Joseph Warren and instructed to ride to Lexington, Massachusetts, to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them.”

Watch this video from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast June 5, 2011.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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