TRIGGER WARNING: this post talks about domestic violence.
Sarah Palin is really doing a bang-up job of defining her personal brand as ‘the utter defiance of logic’, isn’t she?
Addressing “the elephant in the room” at a political rally in Tulsa on Wednesday – y’know, her son’s DV charges – she explained that Track suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the armed forces, and that Obama had made his situation worse by ‘not respecting’ 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 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. It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to question, have to wonder if they’re respected anymore. It starts from the top. The question, though, it comes 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 and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?’
“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 realise 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 honour them.”
tl;dr Sarah Palin just made the biggest THANKS, OBAMA in history.
There is absolutely no doubt that PTSD in men and women returning from serving in the armed forces is a serious issue that needs more attention, but there is only one person responsible for commitment domestic violence, and it is not the bloody President of the United States.
Watch her speech (uploaded to Right Wing Watch) below:
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