Trump backer Sarah Palin charged Wednesday that President Obama didn’t do enough for troubled U.S. war veterans and more specifically, her recently arrested son.
The former Alaska governor lobbed her verbal grenade at the White House after Track Palin was busted on domestic abuse charges for allegedly holding an assault rifle near his head during a booze-fueled fight with his 22-year-old girlfriend. More after the cut….
“My son, a combat veteran … was fighting for you all, America, in the war zone. My son, like so many others, came back a bit different, they come back hardened,” she said at a Tulsa, Okla. Trump rally Wednesday, of her 26-year-old son Track, who spent a year deployed in Iraq with the Army. “They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airman and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country,” she added. “And that starts from the top.” “That comes from our own President,” Palin said. “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?'”
Track Palin enlisted in 2007, then spent a year deployed in Iraq with the Army’s Alaska-based 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, known as the “Arctic Wolves.” The war in Iraq began under Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, who was President when Track served in Iraq. And in 2014, the Senate rejected a $24 billion bill to expand health care for veterans; only two Republicans voted for the legislation. A second bill, with aid slashed to $16 billion, was passed months later despite the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate for the cost of veterans care at $35 billion through 2017.
“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,” Sarah Palin said on Wednesday.”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,” she said. “You deserve someone who will treat veterans better than illegal immigrants in America,” she added.
The one-time GOP vice presidential nominee’s eldest son was arrested Monday for battering his girlfriend, according to court documents. Track, who according to court documents lives with his mother, allegedly punched his girlfriend in the eye, kicked her in the knee and then held an AR-15 assault rifle near his head, the 22-year-old woman told police who responded to the incident. At one point, Track was “holding onto a gun, yelling ‘do you think I’m a p—y?’ and ‘do you think I won’t do it,” according to the police report. The woman, whom the Daily News is not identifying, said he “cocked the gun” and was holding it near his face.
Track was charged with fourth-degree assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. All the charges are Class A misdemeanors. News of the arrest came just hours before Sarah Palin endorsed Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump during a rally in Iowa — an event during which the gaffe-prone Alaskan promised Trump would “kick ISIS’ ass” and called the businessman a master of negotiation.