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Sarah Palin could’ve started a discussion about PTSD, instead plays politics with her son’s demons

This week, just after Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for the presidency, news broke that her 26 year-old son Track was arrested for domestic violence in Alaska. Track reportedly punched his girlfriend in the face, kicked her while she was down, and threatened to kill himself with an AR-15 rifle.

This week, just after Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for the presidency, news broke that her 26 year-old son Track was arrested for domestic violence in Alaska. Track reportedly punched his girlfriend in the face, kicked her while she was down, and threatened to kill himself with an AR-15 rifle.

On Wednesday, Palin addressed her son’s arrest, but linked it to Obama’s supposed neglect of veterans.

While speaking at an Oklahoma Donald Trump rally, Palin said that her son, an Iraq combat veteran, was “different” and “hardened” after returning from the war. Palin did not directly talk about her son’s arrest, but spun the incident to talk about how veterans were feeling disrespected and neglected, which, like most things wrong with America, is the fault of President Obama.

“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,” said Palin.

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?’

Palin said that she felt the struggle of families who dealt with a combat veteran who suffers from PTSD, and said that America needed a president that respected the troops, which of course is Donald Trump.

But the former Alaskan governor’s bonafides when it comes to standing up for troops with PTSD are questionable. As Gawker’s Jordan Sargent points out, Palin wasn’t so sympathetic when it came to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

In a March, 2015 Facebook post, Palin mocked Bergdahl’s (who was held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan) “health crisis.”

When President Obama traded one deserter for five evil terrorists hell-bent on destroying America, rational people did not believe the Obama administration’s claims about this traitor’s “health crisis,” or claims that he served “with honor and distinction,” and certainly not President Obama’s claim that this was a good deal for America.

After putting the country in danger, President Obama celebrated Bergdahl in our Rose Garden, arm in arm with his smiling father greeting Americans in Arabic and Pashtu, as our loyal troops cringed. In fact, in the days that followed, the Obama administration actually smeared the vets who came forward to tell the truth about Bergdahl’s traitorous desertion.

Now finally public disclosure tells the truth – that Bergdahl is a deserter. In my book, he is a traitor.

That’s not very supportive.

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