Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin shared her thoughts on the Newtown school shooting Monday night, saying people should ignore politicians and the media who "really have nothing meaningful to offer" and instead focus on God.
"First, all truly is hopeless if your faith and hope are put in any politician or media elite," Palin wrote on Facebook. "That is because the average person is more truthful and responsible than the average politician or media elite."
The former vice presidential candidate continued, ripping the media for its "irrelevant distractions" in the aftermath of the shooting:
"Those who let themselves be terribly disappointed in political leaders as they ignore real problems, aided along with a complicit media bombarding us with irrelevant distractions in order to avoid facing the reality of a fallen culture, should know those distractions are to hide from a finger pointing to the main contributors to much of our problem. To stop distracting would result in acknowledging the political and media machine's starring roles in our failing society. So, as they too often tear down those who try to do good, while elevating and celebrating corrupt selfishness, they dumbly assume we don't know it is they who significantly contribute to our upside down world today. We've learned our lesson. Don't put your hope in Hollywood or Washington. Instead, build resolve and seek truth more aggressively than ever at such a time as this."
Palin goes on to emphasize God as the "one source of truth and real hope."
Palin wasn't the only politician to bring religion into the discussion after the Newtown school shooting. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) said he thought the massacre was no surprise because we have "systematically removed God" from public schools.
"We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools," Huckabee said on Fox News. "Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?"
Huckabee has since backed down from that explanation, clarifying that he didn't believe an increased religious presence at Sandy Hook could actually have directly prevented that particular shooting from taking place.