Yesterday, we reported that Sarah Palin’s son Track had been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. Today, the former Alaska Governor dropped a bombshell when she blamed her son’s arrest on President Obama and the “disrespectful” way he treats veterans.
Palin reportedly made the controversial comments during a Donald Trump rally in Oklahoma.
“I guess it’s kind of the elephant in the room – because my own family, going through what we’re going through today with my son, a combat vet having served in a Stryker brigade, fighting for you all, America, in the war zone,” Palin said, according to Daily Mail. “But 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 their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military have given so sacrificially to this country, and that starts at the top,’ she continued, adding that it’s a “shame” veterans come home and “have to wonder if they’re respected anymore.”
“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 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,” she concluded.
During an interview with CNN, Trump revealed he urged Palin to address the arrest.
“I told her it would be absolutely fine. I thought it would be appropriate,” he said. “There was tremendous press and I think it’s something that’s very important to discuss, not even for her son, but for so many other sons and daughters that are coming back from the Middle East, where they have, you know, traumatic problems. They have tremendous problems.”
“And I told her — I actually suggested it. I think — I said I think it would be a great forum. And I know she started the dialogue,” Trump continued. “I think it’s a very important dialogue, because she told me that they’re coming back, so many are coming back and they’re, you know, they’re under tremendous pressure and tremendous strain. There’s no question about it.”
When Trump was asked if it’s fair to blame Obama for Track’s issues, he stood behind Palin once again.
“Look, you know, everything starts at the top. He’s the president. And I think you can certainly do that. From what I understand, they just — and all you have to do is look at the Veterans Administration. Look at the bad — the horrible care our vets get,” he said. “And you have to say, ultimately, it’s the president’s charge. It’s the president’s responsibility. He has to make sure that the Veterans Administration works. And it doesn’t. Our vets are being treated horribly.”
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