Sarah Palin took to the campaign trail in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday to endorse Donald Trump. On the same day, her son, Track Palin, a veteran of the war in Iraq, was arrested on weapons and assault charges after beating his girlfriend and threatening to commit suicide. The Huffington Post reports that the day after her son’s arrest, Sarah Palin used that arrest and the incident that led to it as fuel against President Obama. Her accusation was that the president showed a lack of support for war veterans with PTSD.
“My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened, they come back wondering if there’s that respect for what it is their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military have so sacrificially given to this country.”
Track Palin Didn’t See Any Combat At All Before PTSD And Obama Made Him Beat A Woman https://t.co/4YJ6zWvXoU pic.twitter.com/oLcZrIBIRF
— AddictingInfo.Org (@AddInfoOrg) January 25, 2016
Sarah Palin also spoke about how it seems the president is not able or willing to empathize with the soldiers that return from duty.
“It starts from the top, the question though, that comes from our own president, where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we have to go through?'”
Apparently, veterans across the country did not support what Sarah Palin said. Instead, they called her out for using her son’s arrest to make PTSD a political platform for Trump’s campaign. Many soldiers and others have taken to Twitter to express their outrage at Sarah Palin’s remarks.
The fact is PTS manifests itself in every person affected by it differently. There is no hard and fast rules.
— RTK (@CavRTK) January 21, 2016
So I did something about it. I got help 7 years ago. And I resolved to become a better person because of my experience, not worse despite it
— RTK (@CavRTK) January 21, 2016
— McSpocky (@mcspocky) January 23, 2016
— KHARY PENEBAKER (@kharyp) January 20, 2016
Brandon Friedman, the former director of digital media for the Department of Foreign Affairs, said Palin is using PTSD in an attempt to take the focus away from her son’s arrest.
“Palin is using PTSD as an excuse to shift blame away from her son’s domestic violence. She never mentioned the actual victim. She portrayed her son as the victim, but never talked about his girlfriend, apparently crying and hiding under a bed because he beat her. The fact is, veterans who have PTSD are far, far more likely to harm themselves than they are to harm others. It’s ironic that people like Sarah Palin are in the party of ‘personal responsibility’ but as soon as someone in her family is arrested for domestic violence, it’s Obama’s fault.”
I absolutely hate that PTSD is trending because Sarah Palin blamed it for her son's violent assault on his girlfriend.
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) January 20, 2016
— Albert Sandoval (@betosando) January 20, 2016
The chief policy officer for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Matt Miller, echoed Friedman’s statement, agreeing that Sarah Palin is using PTSD as a “crutch” for the domestic violence her son committed.
“Parents have the greatest opportunity to help veterans with mental issues. It’s estimated that 80 percent of veterans who sought mental health did so because a loved one asked them to.”
As for what the president had to say about Sarah Palin’s remarks, Inside Edition reports that Press Secretary Josh Earnest issued a response.
“I don’t know if the president saw the remarks. I can tell you that the reaction of some people is to make light of the rhetoric that we see on the campaign trail, particularly from governor Palin, but the fact is domestic violence is not a joke. The issues that she’s talking about are quite serious.”
Sarah Palin has been working hard on the Donald Trump campaign. The New Yorker reports that in Ames, Iowa, she promoted the extent that things would change under his leadership.
“Things are going to change under President Trump! The status quo has got to go! It can’t be salvaged. It must be savaged. And Donald Trump is the right one to do that!”
Sarah Palin has certainly stirred the pot with her most recent remarks in a very volatile election campaign. But where will her remarks and her support of Trump lead? Only time will tell. And in the meantime, here’s some food for thought.
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) January 25, 2016
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