Just a week after blaming President Obama for her son’s domestic violence arrest, Sarah Palin went on the Today Show to deny ever blaming President Obama for her son’s domestic violence arrest.
Palin was bragging (?) to Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer about being personally responsible for getting Ted Cruz elected to the Senate when Guthrie gently changed the subject.
“I want to ask you about something you mentioned on the campaign trail, which is the arrest of your son, Track,” Guthrie said. “You talked about it and then you mentioned PTSD, and you said that President Obama may be to blame for some of the PTSD.”
“I never said that,” Palin said, briefly dropping her folksy shtick. “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.”
Which, in a sense, is true—she only implied it. Here are Palin’s exact words, which were aired live on multiple television networks on Jan. 20:
Our wounded warriors, sometimes in body and in mind, coming back different than when they left for the war zone. I can talk personally about this, 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 striker brigade fighting for you all, America, in the war zone. 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 it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country. And that starts from the top. It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question if they are respected anymore.
That comes from our own president. Where they have to look at him and wonder, “Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America?”
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 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.
“What did I say that is offensive? I don’t regret any comment that I made because I didn’t lay PTSD at the foot of the president,” Palin said. “But no, if you guys have a specific quote, it allows the media to be more credible if you guys will tell me exactly what you’re talking about and then I can address that specific sentence.”
“In terms of credibility, there were no promises made about content of the interview,” Lauer replied. “Only that this would be your first interview since you endorsed Donald Trump.”