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    Sarah Palin Defends Duck Dynasty Star Phil Robertson: "Free Speech Is an Endangered Species"

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    Sarah Palin has Phil Robertson's back. The politician has come out in defense of the Duck Dynasty star, who was "indefinitely suspended" from the A&E reality show in light of anti-gay remarks he made in a GQ interview.

    The author shared her sentiments via Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday, Dec. 18. "Free speech is an endangered species," Palin, 49, wrote. "Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."

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    Palin most recently bonded with the Duck Dynasty cast when her Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas book tour came to West Monroe, La., on Saturday, Dec. 7. "Thanks to the Robertson family and the Duck Commander team for welcoming us," the former vice presidential candidate captioned.

    It's not the first time Palin has bonded with the famous family; she took a photo with Willie Robertson, CEO of the family business, at the National Rifle Association convention over the summer. She praised the family for promoting conservative values, specifically 67-year-old Phil's view against abortion.

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    "Phil Robertson offered some of their refreshing trademark plainspoken talk that so many crave from our leaders in Washington," Palin wrote in a Facebook photo caption on Aug. 21. "Speaking on the issue of the sanctity of life, Phil reminds us that all life is God-given, no matter how small or how special."

    Palin also argued that Washington, D.C., should be more like the Duck Dynasty family. "To our GOP leaders in Washington, especially—this is what Americans desire and deserve; we're not rooting for your social truces. As Phil so rightly asks, 'What in the world has happened to us?,'" the former Governor of Alaska continued. "Kudos to these Duck dudes for speaking their minds, and for their boldness in living the American dream of LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—reminding us all that it's only with freedom that anything is possible."

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