Sarah Palin Blames Obama For Her Son Punching His Girlfriend In The Face

This week, Track Palin was arrested for domestic violence and charged with assault (for punching his girlfriend in the face), interfering with reporting of a domestic violence crime, and a weapons charge. According to police reports, both the woman and Palin called 911 after the incident, and police found her hiding under the bed. She told police he had struck her with a closed fist against the left side of her head, and had been waving a gun around. She said she was worried he might use the gun to commit suicide.

All of this is completely horrific.

At a campaign stop today, while stumping for Trump, Sarah Palin appeared to blame the incident on PTSD, as well as on Obama for not being a President who takes care of our veterans.

Via Talking Points Memo:

“I guess it’s kind of an 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,” Palin said at the rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“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 the woundedness that our soldiers do return with,” Palin said. “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.”

You know what? I agree! Bernie Sanders–as the former leader of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee–would do a great job at that.

But here’s the thing, Palin. It is certainly not President Obama’s fault that programs that help our veterans do not get enough funding! The blame for that sits squarely on the shoulders of Republicans who have consistently voted against funding these programs!

In September of 2012, Republicans killed the Veterans Job Corps Act. That same month,they blocked a bill that would have allowed for a cost of living increase to benefits received by disabled veterans. As I have previously written, here are just a few of the pieces of legislation Republicans have voted against in recent history.

Wounded Veterans Job Security Act- preventing veterans from being discrimnated against by employers for injuries sustained in combat, or from being fired for seeking treatment from said injuries.

The Veterans Retraining Act  – providing veterans with a stipend while they work to re-enter the job force

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization- Assisting homeless veterans with job training and placement services.

Requiring a List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans- Which would have cost about zero dollars.

Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009- A teensy $20 million increase in funding for disabled veterans who need things like wheelchair ramps in their homes. Last time this payment was increased was 1992.

Veterans Business  Center Act- Would have set up a veteran’s center in the Small Business Administration that would have assisted them with starting their own small businesses.

Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act- another effort to help veteran’s succeed through starting their own small businesses.

WHOOPS. I think it’s fair to say that if things were run by the Democrats, veterans would be a lot better off. The Right really only cares about “the troops” when they want to trumpet a war, and are usually not too interested in what becomes of them afterwards if they survive. I

And you know who is probably not going to do a ton for veterans? Donald Trump! A guy who puts veterans–specifically Palin’s old running mate, John McCain–down for having been prisoners of war. In case you forgot about that, Trump explained in that instance that he only “liked” veterans who “weren’t captured.” So I’m not so sure he’s the guy you want if you care about veterans. Trump probably also only likes the veterans who didn’t get PTSD.

Did Track Palin punch his girlfriend in the face because he has PTSD? I don’t know. I can’t answer that. But maybe if you want fewer people to suffer from PTSD, you’d want to vote for people who aren’t going to start stupid wars for oil (which Trump has explicitly said he would do), and who are going to support funding for social programs for veterans.

[Talking Points Memo]