Fresh off her endorsement for Donald Trump as president, Sarah Palin is back in the political arena once again. Only this time, the former vice presidential candidate is taking shots at President Obama for the domestic violence arrest of her son Track.
According to Us Weekly, Palin recently spoke to a large crowd of Trump’s supporters, where she blamed Obama’s lack of veteran programs as one reason her son was arrested. For those who are unaware, Palin’s son is facing charges after a fight with his girlfriend in Wasilla, Alaska.
This is not the first time Track has been involved with the law. In 2014, police were called after a large fight broke out in Anchorage involving Track and several members of his family.
During her speech, Palin told the crowd that she has first-hand experience when it comes to dealing with veterans coming home from war. The former Alaskan governor then described how her son fought overseas in a Stryker Brigade. While he came home without sustaining physical injuries, Palin admitted that her son was a very different person after his time in the military.
In fact, Palin revealed that her son has post-traumatic stress disorder directly related to his time in Iraq in 2008. In addressing the crowd, Palin questioned Obama’s ability to relate to veterans and their families.
“The question, though, that comes from our own president, where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?” Palin asked the crowd.
While it is certainly sad that Sarah Palin’s son suffers from the mental disorder, the mother of five took things a step further when she alluded that Obama is one reason why so many veterans have trouble adjusting to life after war.
“So when my own son is going through what he goes through coming back, I can certainly relate with other families who kind of feel these ramifications of PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with, and it makes me realize, more than ever, it is now or never for the sake of America’s finest that we have that commander in chief who will respect them and honor them,” Palin said in her speech.
Palin’s accusations against President Obama come after her official endorsement of Trump as the Republican candidate for 2016. For his part, Palin’s support proved to be another boost in his already popular campaign.
Meanwhile, not everyone agreed with Palin’s take on Obama’s handling of the Veteran’s Administration. According to NBC News, one of the leaders of a veteran’s organization in New York City, Paul Rieckhoff, strongly disagreed with Palin’s assertion.
“It’s not President Obama’s fault that Sarah Palin’s son has PTSD,” Rieckhoff shared. “PTSD is a very serious problem, a complicated mental health injury and I would be extremely reluctant to blame any one person in particular.”
Rieckhoff’s organization has worked with the government and fought hard to promote awareness of PTSD among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The organization is non-partisan, and Rieckhoff went on to acknowledge that Palin’s son does need help for his disorder.
However, Rieckhoff added that Palin is in a position to promote awareness of PSTD and has hopes that she won’t “politicize” the issue for her own ends. In fact, Rieckhoff urged Trump and Palin to address the issue in a more constructive way and set out a plan to help veterans who are currently suffering from PTSD.
“I hope this doesn’t become a political chew toy in a political campaign,” he added.
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