Sarah Palin had nothing but venom for President Barack Obama in the wake of the shootings at an Orlando gay nightclub last week.
The former governor of Alaska started her Friday afternoon Facebook statement in all caps, saying
“OBAMA IS A SPECIAL KIND OF STUPID.”
Palin’s angry posting was a critique of President Obama and his push for gun control after the mass shootings in Orlando.
“Enough is enough,” Palin wrote of Obama’s support of gun control; she continued to describe the president’s gun control measures as “sick,” “evil,” and “disgusting.”
Sarah Palin’s angry posting — which has been ridiculed by the press with Raw Story describing it as an “unhinged rant” — is apparently coming as a response to Obama’s pro-gun control speech in Orlando.
“Four days ago this community was shaken by an evil and hateful act.” Watch the rest of Obama’s speech in Orlando https://t.co/2OJUeMdoio
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 16, 2016
President Obama had urged gun-owners and critics of gun control policies in his speech on Friday to reconsider gun control laws, citing the loses incurred by the families of the victims of the recent massacre in Orlando. As released by the White House, he said the following.
“Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense. They should meet with the Newtown families — some of whom Joe saw yesterday — whose children would now be finishing fifth grade — on why it is that we think our liberty requires these repeated tragedies.”
Here, Obama has stated that gun supporters should meet and come face-to-face with the victims of gun violence, and explain their reasons for supporting the free accessibility of weapons.
Sarah Palin responded to Obama’s demand for an explanation from gun supporters, stating that acts of the one gun-owning criminal in Orlando is not representative of all “law-abiding gun owners.”
“Today you’re demanding an ‘explanation’ from law abiding gun owners, but not demanding the same from followers of Islam, the religion behind this terror?”
The former governor is following the rhetoric that if the shooter’s Islamic faith did not sully all of his religion, his gun-owning behavior should not sully all gun owners.
That is, she was saying that if Obama wouldn’t hold “all Muslims accountable for terrorists, he shouldn’t hold all gun owners responsible for mass murderers,” according to AoL.
Sarah Palin’s posting also included a gray scale picture of a woman holding a gun in one hand and a baby in another. The caption on the picture read as follows.
“15 million plus women have decided to own a firearm. You might call it a woman’s right to choose.”
Palin’s remarks on Obama’s gun control policies come among of wave of other critiques of the president during this time after the shootings in Orlando last week that shocked the nation.
— POLITICO (@politico) June 18, 2016
John McCain, who chose Sarah Palin as his running-mate in the 2008 election, also criticized Obama “over his stance on terrorism after the shooting, blaming the president’s foreign policy for the rise of the terrorist group that inspired the attack,” according to AoL.
Palin’s former running-mate McCain stated that President Obama was “directly responsible” for the Orlando shootings, as reported by Politico.
According to Politco, McCain retracted that statement, saying that his criticism was not on President Obama himself, but his “national security decisions.“
“I misspoke. I did not mean to imply that the President was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the President himself.”
Unlike McCain, however, Sarah Palin was unwilling to back down from her anti-Obama comments. The ex-vice presidential candidate even refused Obama any “due respect” in her post after his gun control statements,
“There’s no ‘due respect’ due you after pulling this stunt,” she wrote.
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