Sarah Palin is notably absent from the Republican National Convention this week, and she’s only one of the many high-profile Republicans who have opted to steer clear of the event. There have been many reports as to the reason why Sarah Palin has chosen to stay away from the 2016 RNC, but there has been no official consensus.
As Mediate reports, the most plausible reason that Sarah Palin decided to stay close to Alaska as the Republican National Convention kicked off seems to be a family matter. Her oldest son, Track Palin, has pleaded guilty to a weapons charge connected to his domestic violence arrest in January. The guilty plea was part of a plea agreement that will, most likely, allow Sarah Palin’s son to avoid jail time in the case.
According to court records in the Track Palin case, the plea deal Sarah Palin’s son was able to score will involve the State of Alaska dropping two of the three charges against Track Palin, including the misdemeanor domestic violence assault charge and the charge of interfering with the report of domestic violence.
“As a condition of his entry into that court the state dismissed the first two counts. Track pled to misconduct involving weapons (in the fourth degree), concerning being under the influence and having a firearm.”
Here’s Why Sarah Palin Is Skipping The RNC, And It Isn’t Because Alaska’s ‘Far Away’ https://t.co/bUoqmzgIJ0— Al Gdad1 Criswell (@Gdad1) July 16, 2016
As part of his plea agreement, the oldest son of Sarah Palin will have to undergo alcohol treatment. If he does rehab as ordered and agreed upon, Track Palin’s record will be expunged of the weapons misconduct misdemeanor. If he fails to complete his alcohol treatment program, Sarah Palin’s kid will face jail time and two years of probation.
Following Track’s arrest in January, Sarah Palin drew widespread criticism when she blamed her son’s domestic violence on President Obama, reports Mediate. At a Tulsa Donald Trump event, she said that her veteran son was suffering from PTSD and that fewer soldiers would suffer such a fate if their commander-in-chief had enough respect for the job that they do.
Trump's choice of 'Chachi' speaking at the GOP Convention over Sarah Palin is testament to how bat-sh*t-crazy the 'Wasilla whack-job' is.— Bill Madden (@activist360) July 18, 2016
According to Donald Trump, Sarah Palin’s decision to skip the Republican National Convention was not because of Track Palin’s court date, but rather because of the distance between Alaska and Ohio, reports Politico.
Indeed, Donald Trump admits that he invited Sarah Palin to attend the RNC and even to speak at the event, but she declined.
“She was asked. It’s a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it’s a long ways away.”
Keep in mind that Sarah Palin was John McCain’s running mate, and she hit the campaign trail with him as he traveled across the continental U.S for the 2008 campaign.
Sarah Palin is far from the only notable Republican to skip out on this campaign season’s Republican National Convention. WSCH 6 reports that in addition to Sarah Palin, three additional prominent conservative politicians have decided to take a rain check on the convention.
John McCain, the 2008 presidential candidate and Sarah Palin’s former running mate, has opted to skip the RNC this time around. Reportedly, McCain is facing some political challenges of his own and is staying in Arizona to work on his own sixth-term re-election bid for the U.S. Senate.
George W. Bush is also joining Sarah Palin in skipping the convention. Not only is the former president not going to Cleveland, he has utterly refused to have anything to do with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. A spokesman for Bush has previously stated that the ex-president does “not plan to participate in or comment on” the 2016 presidential election.
Well, this is beginning well: Trump Campaign Denounces John Kasich in Ohio, Where Convention Begins https://t.co/OJ9E0NTJZm— Danielle Pletka (@dpletka) July 18, 2016
Another notable face that will be missing from the RNC has raised more than a few eyebrows, particularly since he’s the Governor of Ohio, where the event is taking place. John Kasich, the Ohio Governor and a former Trump opponent, is having nothing to do with the GOP convention, a move that has drawn the ire from the Trump campaign.
What do you think about Sarah Palin missing the Republican National Convention? Do you think it had to do with Track Palin’s plea deal? Was it more likely related to the distance between Alaska and Ohio as Donald Trump contends? Could it be that Sarah Palin has decided to distance herself from a sinking ship?
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