Sarah Palin was launched back into the spotlight after announcing her endorsement for 2016 presidential front-runner Donald Trump. During the rally in Tulsa, Sarah Palin used the opportunity to speak on behalf of United States veterans. But she did so by essentially blaming President Obama for provoking her son to be arrested for domestic violence.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Sarah Palin’s son Track Palin was arrested for allegedly getting drunk, brandishing a gun, and punching his girlfriend in the face.
“An investigation revealed Track Palin had committed a domestic violence assault on a female, interfered with her ability to report a crime of domestic violence and possessed a firearm while intoxicated,” said a statement from the Wasilla police.
But according to Time, Sarah Palin believes Obama is partially (if not entirely) to blame for this mistake. After Track Palin spent a year deployed by the United States Army in Iraq, his mother claims the Obama administration’s policies turned their back on the veteran and failed to get him the help he needed.
“I can talk personally about this, I guess it’s kind of the elephant in the room,” Sarah Palin said. “My son like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened, they come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country. And that starts from the top.”
Many conservatives believe that the government does not do enough to rehabilitate veterans upon their return to American soil, but Sarah Palin seems to have suggested that President Obama’s administration doesn’t even respect the sacrifice veterans have made for their country.
“It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question, if they’re respected anymore. 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 go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?”
While Sarah Palin never explicitly discusses her son’s arrest or accuses President Obama of making it happen, she implies that her son’s actions are the result of his post-traumatic stress disorder being exacerbated by the government’s disrespect.
Raw Story also reported on Sarah Palin’s strange logical leap from PTSD to President Obama, acknowledging that Palin never explains how the administration actually drove him to physically assault his girlfriend — she only suggests Obama made his situation worse.
Some have suggested that Sarah Palin was simply in a position where she needed to address the “elephant in the room” of her son’s arrest and found a way to disaffiliate herself with the violence by passing the blame to her party’s political adversary.
“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 some 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’ll have that commander in chief who will respect them and honor them,” Sarah Palin added.
And, of course, the ideal commander in chief Sarah Palin is referring to in this case is Donald Trump, who happily accepted her endorsement to the cheers of hundreds of supporters.
You can watch Sarah Palin explain why Obama caused her son to get arrested in the video at the top of the page.
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