When asked by Brian Williams of MSNBC whether an abortion clinic bomber was a terrorist, Sarah Palin wasn't quite sure:
I don't know if you can use the word 'terrorist' there. It's unacceptable and it would not be condoned, of course, on our watch.
Following this evasion, Matthews gave a few concrete examples:
...protesters in cities where fires were started, Molotov cocktails were thrown, people died.
I would put in that category of Bill Ayers anyone else who would seek to campaign to destroy our United States capitol and our Pentagon and would seek to destroy innocent Americans.
Matthews was clearly not talking about Bill Ayers, the capitol or the Pentagon. He was talking about those who bomb abortion clinics.
Palin's definition of terror clearly has nothing to do with the means they use, only the ends. Palin does not agree with a woman's right to choose, so she will not directly state that abortion clinic bombers are terrorists. Their use of fire, bombs and murder are merely "unacceptable."