Sarah Palin Has an Interesting Theory About Paul Revere’s Ride

Even though she’s wrong, the former Alaska governor insists she’s right

Posted: 06/06/2011 01:01 PM EDT

There’s no question that former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has a way with words. It has enabled her to enrapture social conservatives around the nation since she first stepped onto the national stage and enrich her personal financial coffers with millions. So what if what she says is incorrect or doesn’t make sense? It’s her words and she’s sticking to it.


Last week during an appearance in Boston as part of her One Nation bus tour, Palin recalled Paul Revere’s historic midnight ride through Boston in 1775 this way:


“He who warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms, 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.”


What actually happened on that night is that as Revere rode through Boston, crying, “The British are coming,” his goal was to send a warning that British troops were planning to arrest American patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock. And he arranged for lanterns to be hung from the Old North Church to signal which direction they were coming from—one if by land, two if by sea. No bells.


When Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace challenged Palin, who is a paid contributor to the network, on her theory during an interview, the former Alaska governor held firm.


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


(Photo: AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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