The same night former Alaska governor Sarah Palin made headlines with her somewhat bizarre endorsement of Donald Trump, her 26-year old son was arrested on domestic violence charges. Track Palin, an Iraq veteran, was handcuffed and arrested on Monday night at the Wasilla home he shares with his parents, after an altercation with his girlfriend. According to police reports, after he discovered that his girlfriend had been in touch with an ex, a drunken Track Palin punched her in the eye. He allegedly pointed a gun to his own head and threatened suicide and kicked his girlfriend while she was on the floor. As police were unable to locate the victim when they arrived, and Track became increasingly hostile, they decided to handcuff him. They later found the girlfriend hiding under a bed. On Tuesday, Palin was charged with domestic violence assault, interfering with a report of domestic violence crime, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
The 2008 Republican pick for vice-president saw herself obliged to respond to the incident at a Trump rally in Oklahoma on Wednesday, where she seemed to suggest that Barack Obama was somehow personally responsible for her son’s actions. “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 … 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, accusing President Obama of not providing adequate care for returning veterans. “My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened. 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 PTSD.”
She then pivoted her comments back to her endorsement of Donald Trump, saying: “It makes me realize more than ever, it is now or never for the sake of America’s finest that we’ll have that commander-in-chief who will respect them and honor them.”