03/11/2011 08:59 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sarah Palin: Union Bosses Have Acted 'Like Thugs' In Wisconsin (VIDEO)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin weighed in on the latest developments in Wisconsin Thursday night, claiming that union bosses in the state had acted "like thugs" and used perilously inflammatory rhetoric to fire up their members.

"These union bosses that are acting like thugs as they are leading some of their good union members down a road that will ultimately result in, unfortunately, somebody getting hurt, if you believe the death threats that are being received by those that just happen to support amending some collective bargaining privileges of state unions," Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity. "Well it is these union bosses responsibility to to turn down the rhetoric and get truth out there so nobody gets hurt."

The Wisconsin Assembly passed Gov. Scott Walker's controversial anti-union bill Thursday, sending it through to his desk, where his spokespeople have announced that he plans to sign it as soon as possible.

Last year, Palin defended some earlier harsh words towards unions by reaching out to members, while simultaneously bashing some of their high-profile leaders.

"I called some union leaders 'thugs.' And I refuse to apologize for that because they have acted like thugs - at least in this day and age,' Palin said. "To my hardworking, patriotic brothers and sisters in the labor movement: you don't have to put up with the scare tactics and the big government agenda of the union bosses. There is a different home for you: the commonsense conservative movement."

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