Sarah Palin thought she had an understanding with The Today Show that her Monday interview would only be about the Iowa caucus, but she was wrong. The misunderstanding led to some awkward moments between the former Alaska governor and the anchors, including Palin calling them dishonest.
Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie interviewed Palin in the Today Show’s Iowa studio on Monday, hoping to get her insights on the Republican Caucus. The former governor recently endorsed Donald Trump for president, although she had supported Ted Cruz in his first bid for a Senate. She explained there was no conflict, and she still wanted to see Donald Trump in the White House and Cruz continue his career in the Senate.
Then the interview veered into hostile territory, when Guthrie brought up claims that she blamed President Obama for her son’s PTSD, something she insists she never said.
“You guys brought me here to talk about Iowa politics and the caucus tonight, not to talk about my kids. And that was a promise. But as things go in the world of media, you guys don’t always keep your promises evidently. I never blamed President Obama. What I have blamed President Obama in doing though is this level of disrespect for the U.S. military that is made manifest in gutting budgets in not trying to beef it up and let our military do the job they are trained to do.”
Just a quick refresher, Sarah Palin’s son, Track Palin, served in Iraq in 2008. He currently suffers from PTSD as a result.
The day before the governor announced her support for Donald Trump, Track was arrested on three counts: assault, interfering with reporting of a domestic violence crime, and a weapons charge, according to the New York Times.
According to an affidavit, he punched his girlfriend, who then fell to the ground. Track then kicked her, threw her phone and got a gun, threatening to kill himself. He had a blood alcohol level of.189; the driving limit in Alaska is.08.
Sarah Palin mentioned Track’s incident in her endorsement speech for Donald Trump, calling it the “elephant in the room” and linking it to the Presidency, which the governor thinks Obama has failed.
“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 have that commander in chief who will respect them and honor them.”
That quote starting circulating in the media, with some commentators, like on Today, saying that Sarah Palin was blaming the President for her son’s PTSD. Sarah Palin insisted that she never blamed the President, she only accused him of disrespecting the military by gutting their budget and not letting them do “the job they are trained to do.”
She also insisted it was a promise that the Today anchors would not involve her kids or other topics in the interview, which Matt Lauer refuted.
“There were no specific promises made about content of the interview only that this would be your first interview since you endorsed Donald Trump.”
Sarah Palin also on Today said she still believed Donald Trump would win the Iowa caucus, but her prediction did not come true. Instead, Ted Cruz walked away victorious picking up 27.7 percent of the vote according to the AP. Donald Trump secured second place with 24.3 percent.
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