Sarah Palin flipped out and accused NBC’s Today of lying to her after they asked Palin about her son Track’s arrest for domestic violence.
After being asked some questions about Trump and Iowa, a claim that she made Ted Cruz, a discussion of “Christiany” candidates, Palin wigged out when Savannah Guthrie asked about Track Palin’s arrest.
Palin said, “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.”
After dodging the question, Palin tried to walk back her blaming of President Obama for her son’s arrest, “I never blamed President Obama. What I have blamed President Obama in doing though is this level of disrespect for the United States military that has made manifest in gutting budgets, not trying to beef it up and letting our military do the job that they are trained to do, and in specific issues that we are talking about that are so so hot today. Specifically, let’s get in there, and let’s utterly destroy ISIS as we know our United States military can do if we have a Commander In Chief who kind of seems to want to kowtow and allow the enemy to be poking at us, and that’s unacceptable to most Americans, certainly to me.”
Palin said that she didn’t regret her comments because she did not lay PTSD at the feet of the president. She then demanded a specific quote.
Matt Lauer knocked down Palin’s claim that she was promised no questioned about her son, “In terms of credibility, I just want to make sure: There were no specific promises made about the content of the interview. Only that this would be your first interview since you endorsed Donald Trump.”
Palin replied, “Well, I was told that this interview is about the caucus tonight in Iowa. And right on, who will it be to put America back on the right track and restore constitutional government that we are lacking today and that we so need? And I said, ‘Right on, let me go talk about that. Sure.’
It was interesting to see someone in the media, surprisingly Matt Lauer, push back against Sarah Palin’s default claim of media bias. The question was fair, and it was not a question about her kids. Accusing the media of attacking her children is Palin 101. Sarah Palin doesn’t want reality mixing in with her fantasy of All American Christiany conservative who is fighting for the Constitution and family values.
Palin did blame Obama for her son’s arrest, and for PTSD. Here is what Sarah Palin said while endorsing Trump, “It starts from the top, the question though it comes from our own president when 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 feel these ramifications of some PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with.”
What happened on NBC’s Today was a classic Sarah Palin train wreck. Instead of touting her candidate on caucus day, the interview was all about Palin. Judging from Lauer’s reaction to Palin’s accusation of bias, the Alaska quitter might have torched her bridge with the Today show.
Caucus day is not off to a good start for Donald Trump as his highest profile surrogate went nutter on national television.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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