Sarah Palin lashed out at President Barack Obama on Jan. 20 while campaigning for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma (video below).
Palin made reference to the "elephant in the room," which was her 26-year-old son Track's arrest on Jan. 18 on domestic violence and firearms charges, notes RightWingWatch.org.
Palin lectured the audience on how Track, a veteran, had fought for their freedoms and went on to blame Track's problems on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which she said was caused by Obama's supposed lack of respect for the military.
I can talk personally about this. I guess it's kinda the 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.
But my son, like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened, they come back 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.
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?"
So when my own son is going through what he goes through, coming back, I can certainly relate with other families who kinda feel these ramifications of some PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with.
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!
Track was arrested in Wasilla, Alaska, following a 911 call from a female who said “a male had punched her in the face and that a firearm was involved,” according to court papers obtained by KTVA.
Police reportedly went to Sarah's home where they described Track as being “uncooperative, belligerent and evasive” when questioned. Police placed Track in handcuffs for his alleged “escalating hostility."
The cops found a woman, who is believed to be in a relationship with Track, hiding under a bed inside Sarah's house and crying.
Police said in court papers that "[Track] approached [the woman] and struck her on the left side of her head near her eye with a closed fist” and that “[Track] then kicked [her] on the right knee.”
Track was allegedly armed with a gun and told the woman, “Do you think I won’t do it," in a possible reference to suicide. However, Track said he did not use a weapon “but stated that they were spread throughout both residences on the property,” according to police.
The woman attempted to call the authorities several times, but “her phone was likely broken when it was thrown,” police said.
Track was charged with fourth-degree assault, fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon and interfering with a report of domestic violence.
Sarah's accusations against Obama were pushed back by a veteran's group.
"It's not President Obama's fault that Sarah Palin's son has PTSD," Paul Rieckhff, head of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told NBC News. "PTSD is a very serious problem, a complicated mental health injury and I would be extremely reluctant to blame any one person in particular."