Sarah Palin responded on Facebook to controversy surrounding photos she posted earlier this week of her 6-year-old son Trig standing on Jill, the family dog, by firing back at critics: "At least Trig didn't eat the dog."
That reference is aimed at those who ignored President Barack Obama’s admission that, years ago, as a young boy in Indonesia, he once consumed dog meat.
Palin posted the photos as part of a New Year’s message to supporters about turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
“May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward,” the post read. “Trig just reminded me. He, determined to help wash dishes with an oblivious mama not acknowledging his signs for “up!”, found me and a lazy dog blocking his way. He made his stepping stone.”
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The post immediately began to garner criticism, with some calling it a form of animal cruelty. “Not cool. The dog and your kid could be harmed,” one comment read. “No, No, No! I love you Sarah but not THIS," a Palin supporter expressed.
Palin responded with a long Facebook post that called out everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to President Obama. The former Alaska governor included a post by DeGeneres from July 2014 that showed a toddler standing on top of a dog, and referenced comments made by President Obama about eating dog meat in Indonesia when he was a child.
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“Did you go as crazy when your heroic Man-of-Your-Lifetime, Barack Obama, revealed he actually enjoyed eating dead dog meat?” the response read.
Palin also lashed out at PETA, who issued a response after the original post went viral. “It’s odd that anyone — let alone a mother — would find it appropriate to post such a thing, with no apparent sympathy for the dog in the photo,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.
“Aren’t you the double-standard radicals always opposing Alaska’s Iditarod – the Last Great Race honoring dogs who are born to run in wide open spaces, while some of your pets “thrive” in a concrete jungle where they’re allowed outdoors to breathe and pee maybe once a day?” Palin asked of the animal rights organization.
Palin concluded her post by reminding critics and supporters that she loves her dog and her son.
“Jill is a precious part of our world,” she said. “So is Trig.”