Maybe Sarah Palin isn't so big on personal responsibility after all.
The former vice presidential candidate and half-term Alaska governor, who has paid lip service to the oft-mentioned conservative value of taking responsibility for one's own actions, blamed President Barack Obama for her son Track's domestic violence arrest. Palin pointed the finger at the president on Jan. 20 while stumping for Republican front-runner Donald Trump at an Oklahoma rally.
Track Palin, 26, was arrested Jan. 19 after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face, kicked her in the knee, and pointed an AR-15 assault rifle at his head while threatening to kill himself, the Daily Mail notes. The resulting police report said Track, an Army veteran who served a tour of duty in Iraq, was drunk during the incident, which happened at his mother's home in Alaska.
The reason for Track's assault on his girlfriend? He was reportedly angry that she still talked to an ex-boyfriend.
"Do you think I'm a p*ssy?" Track allegedly yelled at his girlfriend as he pointed the assault rifle at his own head. "Do you think I won't do it?"
In Sarah Palin's mind, Obama's at fault. Nevermind the fact that Obama wasn't president when Track deployed to Iraq. Nevermind the fact that Obama was 3,800 miles away, preparing for a speech at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit when Track attacked his own girlfriend.
"It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question, if they’re respected anymore," Sarah Palin said at the Trump rally, according to the Daily Mail. "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?”
To hear Sarah Palin's version of events, you'd think Obama appeared on Track's shoulder in a tiny little devil costume, whispering in his ear like Wormtongue from Lord of the Rings: "Have another beer! Punch your girlfriend! Grab the assault rifle!"
Of course, this isn't the first time Sarah Palin has blamed others for the Palin clan's bad behavior.
Sarah's August 2014 speeding ticket? That was Sammy Hagar's fault. His "I Can't Drive 55" was on the radio at the time, Sarah explained, giving her lead foot, according to Fox News.
The Palin family's drunken brawl in December 2014? That was the fault of her daughter Willow's ex-boyfriend, and four anonymous men who "piled on" Track Palin, ABC News reported at the time.
Her daughter Bristol has learned well from her mother's example, famously telling Barbara Walters that she got pregnant, despite preaching abstinence, because boyfriend Levi Johnston "stole her virginity" and because of alcohol, the Daily Mail noted in a separate article.
"If I wasn't drunk, no, that night would have never happened," she said of the first time she had sex with Johnston.
Just to make it abundantly clear she wasn't at fault for her pregnancy, Bristol told Walters she was taking birth control pills, but they failed her. So for those keeping score, Bristol blames her boyfriend, alcohol, and faulty birth control for her unplanned first pregnancy, while absolving herself of any responsibility.
Paul Rieckhoff, who heads Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told NBC News he hopes Palin can "resist the urge to politicize" PTSD, which impacts 20 percent of veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I hope this doesn't become a political chew toy in a political campaign," Rieckhoff said.
Thanks to Sarah Palin, that ship has sailed.