Sarah Palin suggested that her son Track, an Iraq War veteran who was arrested this week in a domestic violence case, was “hardened” in the war and that Barack Obama is to blame because he left “our wounded warriors behind.”
Speaking in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Wednesday, Palin, who has endorsed Donald Trump said veterans “deserve a commander in chief who will respect what it is that our forces go through and would never leave them behind.”
Palin called for a “commander in chief who would never lie to the families of the fallen. When I talk about a commander in chief who will never leave our men and women behind, let me get a little bit personal on this. I’m talking about not leaving our wounded warriors behind, also. Our wounded warriors who come home from the battlefield bringing new battles with them. Our wounded warriors, sometimes in body and in mind, coming back different than when they left for the war zone.”
“I can talk personally about this,” said Palin, referring her 26-year old son Track who was arraigned Tuesday on domestic violence assault, interfering with a report of a domestic violence crimes, and the possession of a firearm while intoxicated. “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 Stryker Brigade fighting for you all America in the war zone. But my son like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened.”
Veterans come back from war “wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military, so sacrificially, have given to this country. And that starts from the top. It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question if they’re respected anymore.”
“It starts from the top,” Palin said. Arguing that veterans look at Obama and “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 kind of feel these ramifications of some PTSD and the woundedness that our soldiers do return with,” Palin claimed. “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,” referring to Trump.