Sarah Palin snapped on the Today show on Monday in her first live interview since endorsing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, after the anchors asked her about her previous remarks involving her son’s PTSD and President Barrack Obama.
They were discussing Trump’s chances of winning the Iowa caucuses when one of the hosts, Savannah Guthrie, asked her about a statement that she made that seemed to suggest that she was blaming Obama for her son’s post traumatic stress disorder.
The former governor of Alaska shot back at Guthrie and Matt Lauer, obviously irritated: “You guys brought me here to talk about Iowa politics and the caucus tonight, not to talk about my kids!”
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“That was a promise!” Sarah Palin said. “But, as things go in the world of media, you guys don’t always keep your promises, evidently.”
Palin previously mentioned at a campaign rally that soldiers and other member of the military, like her son Track Palin, “come back a bit different” and criticized the administration’s treatment of veterans. Track was arrested for domestic violence in January, and she revealed it was because of post-traumatic stress disorder. Some people quickly assumed Palin was suggesting that President Obama’s “lack of respect” for soldiers may have played a role in Track’s sudden change in behavior.
She denied blaming the President for what happened to her son, although she hinted the disrespect for the U.S. military may be to blame.
“I never blamed President Obama. What I have blamed President Obama in doing, though, is this level of disrespect for the United States military that is made manifest in gutting budgets, in not trying to beef it up and let our military do the job that they are trained to do.”
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When asked if she regrets letting the remark slip out of her lips: “What did I say that’s offensive? I don’t regret any comment I made because I didn’t lay PTSD at the foot of the president.”
“I did say, though, and suggested very adamantly, that there is much more that our Commander-in-Chief could do to prove that he respects our troops and let them do their job,” Palin explained.
During the interview, Sarah Palin, who ran for vice president alongside John McCain in 2008, said she believes Trump will win Iowa as voters are ready for “restoration to constitutional government again” and Trump is the only person who can do the job.
Although Sarah Palin had previously backed up Trump’s rival, Senator Ted Cruz, during his election into Congress, she revealed the decision to endorse Trump for the Republican elections “wasn’t tough.” She said she wants to keep Cruz in the Senate and she wants Trump to be the next U.S. president.
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Guthrie, mentioning Palin’s credibility with evangelical voters, asked the former Governor if she thinks Trump is the “godly” candidate people are looking for.
Palin is hoping that people are not looking for the “most Christian-y, godliest” candidate. She said voters should choose their president based on that person’s record of success and ability to get the job done for the good of all.
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When asked if she thinks Trump is a real “conservative,” despite the fact that he had previously supported Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Palin defended the GOP frontrunner and even compared him to former president Ronald Reagan.
“You compare him to someone like Ronald Reagan, who… at one point, he was a registered Democrat even, and then he saw the light,” said Sarah Palin.
“I am so glad that Donald Trump is on our side when it comes to the political spectrum. We should celebrate that he has come over on the right side.”
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