Sarah Palin lashes out at ‘Today’ hosts over question about son’s arrest
Sarah Palin is no fan of the mainstream media and that was made abundantly clear Monday during an appearance on the NBC’s Today show when she was asked about her son’s recent arrest.
The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate sat down with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie in Iowa, to stump for Donald Trump ahead of the Iowa caucuses.
But Palin didn’t take lightly to questions about her son Track’s recent arrest, on charges related to an alleged domestic violence incident, and about comments the former Alaska governor made about post-traumatic stress disorder during a Jan. 20 Trump campaign appearance.
“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,” she said. “But as things go in the world of media, you guys don’t always keep your promises, evidently.” Lauer later said there were “no specific promises made about content of the interview.”
Co-anchor Guthrie questioned Palin about a reference she made during a Trump campaign stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Palin referenced her son, who served in Iraq while she was on the 2008 campaign trail, suffering from PTSD and appeared to suggest President Barack Obama was somewhat responsible by not doing enough to respect and support veterans.
“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,” she said in Tulsa. “It’s a shame that our military personnel even if to have to wonder, if they have to question if they’re respected anymore. It starts from the top. The question, though, 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.'”
She said she can relate to the struggle other families go through when a solider comes home haunted by war.
“It makes me realize, more than ever, that it is now or never, for the sake of America’s finest that we have that commander-in-chief who will respect them and honour them.”
Flustered and frustrated after Guthrie’s question, Palin went on to explain her comments in Oklahoma and said she “didn’t lay PTSD at the foot of the president.”
Palin endorsed Trump in Iowa Jan. 19, in a somewhat rambling speech that was lampooned on late night TV — the same day news broke about her 26-year-old son’s arrest.
She described the outspoken billionaire as someone who “will never leave our men behind” and who “would never lie to the families of the fallen.”
As running mate to Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Palin was criticized for her lack of foreign policy experience and general knowledge of federal politics.
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