Stephen Hanks, the man who heckled Bristol Palin last week in a West Hollywood bar, has apologized.
E! News Online reports:
“Having had an opportunity to view the camera footage of the incident this past Thursday at the Saddle Ranch Bar & Chop House in West Hollywood, and having reflected on the incident over the weekend, I have come to the conclusion that no matter what my feelings are towards Sarah Palin, I should not have expressed them towards her daughter, Bristol Palin,” Stephen Hanks said in a statement released by his lawyer to E! News.
According to E!, Hanks attorney, Michael J. Gulden, alleges the 47-year-old consultant “received a number of threats directed at himself, his family—and even his dog! Hence Hanks’ decision to drop off the grid by shutting down his various social media accounts.”
Last week, Hanks called the former Alaska governor “a whore,” “the f****** devil,” and said the elder Palin is going to hell.
Hanks doubled down on his insults when TMZ caught up with him later. The Blaze reported:
In a brief interview, Hanks explained that he doesn’t like the Palin family, that “these people [referring to the Palins] are very dangerous” and that he was simply acting upon his convictions. Based on his comments, he doesn’t, in the least, regret his harsh remarks.
“I am very passionate about politics, and believe in equality for all Americans,” Hanks said in his apology. “I expressed my feelings in an improper manner in the heat of the moment, and allowed my emotions to get the better of me.
“My political views are solely mine, and not those of my friends, colleagues or the establishment for which I work. I apologize to them for my poor judgment that night, and to Bristol for any hurt my actions may have caused her. I wish Bristol success with her television show, and much happiness in the future,” he added.
On Tuesday, Bristol responded on her Facebook page, saying that while she normally walks away from such encounters, she’s “very tired of hateful people lying about” her mother, her family and herself.
Adding that she was not baiting Hanks or being derogatory of gays, Palin noted that “some members of the gay community have completely false notions” about her mother.
According to Palin, Hanks “was so far gone in his crazy hatred that rational conversation was impossible.”
She explains what many conservatives call “Palin Derangement Syndrome” that infects so many on the left:
“I think so much of the hatred directed at my Mom is based on lies and misconceptions about her and our family. It’s gotten so out of control that a 40-something guy in West Hollywood started shrieking obscenities at the top of his lungs and wishing death on my Mom, just at the thought of her. She hasn’t done anything to warrant his hatred, and I wanted to address that.”
Palin concludes by asking, “Isn’t it time for this crazy hatred to stop?”
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