NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 3:36 PM
Sarah Palin is blaming the dysfunction within her own house on dysfunction in the White House.
In her first speech since her endorsement of GOP 2016 front-runner Donald Trump, the outspoken former Alaska governor accused President Obama of neglecting active military members and returning veterans, suggesting that he was responsible for the litany of legal problems her son Track Palin, who was arrested Monday for domestic assault, currently faces.
“My son, a combat veteran … was fighting for you all, America, in the war zone. My son, like so many others, came back a bit different, they come back hardened,” she said at a Tulsa, Okla. Trump rally Wednesday, of her 26-year-old son Track, who spent a year deployed in Iraq with the Army.
“They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airman and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country,” she added. “And that starts from the top.”
“That comes from our own President,” Palin said. “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?'”
“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 some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with,” Palin said.
In a Tulsa, Okla., speech on Wednesday, Sarah Palin, appeared to blame President Obama for her son Track’s arrest.
“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,” she said.
“You deserve someone who will treats veterans better than illegal immigrants in America,” she added.
The one-time GOP vice presidential nominee’s eldest son was arrested Monday for battering his girlfriend, according to court documents.
Track, who according to court documents lives with his mother, allegedly punched his girlfriend in the eye, kicked her in the knee and then held an AR-15 assault rifle near his head, the 22-year-old woman told police who responded to the incident.
At one point, Track was “holding onto a gun, yelling ‘do you think I’m a p—y?’ and ‘do you think I won’t do it,” according to the police report.
Track Palin, shown in 2008, was arrested Monday in Wasilla, Alaska, court records show.
The woman, whom the Daily News is not identifying, said he “cocked the gun” and was holding it near his face.
Track was charged with fourth-degree assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. All the charges are Class A misdemeanors.
News of the arrest came just hours before Sarah Palin endorsed Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump during a rally in Iowa — an event during which the gaffe-prone Alaskan promised Trump would “kick ISIS’ ass” and called the businessman a master of negotiation.
On Wednesday, Palin revisited most of those themes during her Oklahoma speech, before launching into her bizarre connection between Obama and her son.
Trump has lauded the endorsement and took to the airwaves Wednesday morning to explain how it came to pass that he received Palin’s highly sought-after support.
“When she came to see me and she talked to me, I could see that she really liked what we were saying,” he said on NBC’s “TODAY.” “I mean, she just said, ‘I really like what’s going on, it’s an amazing thing, I’ve never seen anything like it in politics.'”
Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump’s 2016 bid on Tuesday night in speech that was nearly as outrageous as the candidate himself.
He also wouldn’t rule out adding Palin to his 2016 ticket, if he wins the nomination — although he suggested Palin might not want the job.
“I don’t think that it would be something that she’d want to do,” Trump said after he was asked whether he would consider the big-mouthed Alaskan as his 2016 running mate. “She’s been through that.”
“I don’t even think about VP right now. I just want to win,” Trump said. “I’ve always been a closer. I get the deal done.”
But Trump wouldn’t rule out placing Palin in another job in a prospective administration.
“She’s somebody I really like and respect, and certainly she could play a position if she wanted to,” he said.
Trump is running neck-and-neck in the state with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and the support of Palin, who remains popular with rural, Evangelical voters and Tea Partiers, is widely seen as critical in helping to sway those voters toward the billionaire candidate.
It could also open the floodgates for a slew of other conservative endorsements that could help put the Hawkeye State squarely in the Trump column.
At another Iowa rally Wednesday morning, Trump continued to applaud the Mama Grizzly — and himself.
“Sarah came in yesterday, and she was so popular and so great, and told me she just saw what was happening and she said, ‘you’ve got a movement going on, this is not a normal situation,'” Trump said at the rally.
Palin had been slated to attend but was not present.
With Meg Wagner