Palin on Boehner’s crying: ‘One of those things where a double standard is applied’

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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Former GOP vice presidential nominee says if she had cried publicly as the incoming speaker of the House has, she would be mocked.

On Friday’s broadcast of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offered her opinion on incoming House Speaker John Boehner’s willingness to display his emotions openly. According to Palin, it is a good thing but she questions how she would be treated if she were as equally as open.

“I don’t know if a woman would be given a pass necessarily,” Palin said. “I respect John Boenher because he has worn his feelings on his sleeve on things that are so important to him. And the things he has cried over are the things that are important to most Americans, and I give him that pass too. But that’s one of those things where a double standard is applied. I’m sure if I got up there and did a speech and I started breaking down and cried about how important it is to me that our children and our grandchildren are provided great opportunities — I’m sure that I would be mocked a little bit for that.”

Her interviewer, “GMA” co-host Robin Roberts, observed she has faced scrutiny that her male counterparts haven’t faced.

“Shots taken, photos published and parts of stories covered that no man — but you know Robin, I think it makes us work that much harder and be that much tougher and be committed to the message and the mission at hand,” Palin added.