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Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has the support of former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palinand current Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal. Shortly after the outspoken 67-year-old was "indefinitely suspended" from his family's A&E reality show on Wednesday, Dec. 18, both Republican politicians released statements in defense of the conservative Christian TV star.
"Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with.
I don't agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV," said Jindal, who began serving as governor in 2008. "In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views."
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Jindal continued, "In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."
Palin, meanwhile, took to Facebook and Twitter to express her concern. "Free speech is an endangered species," she wrote. "Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."
By contrast, Equality Lousiana praised the network's decision. "A huge thanks to A&E for standing up for LGBT people in Louisiana and across the country following Phil Robertson's outlandish and hateful remarks in his recent GQ interview," the group wrote on Facebook.