During a campaign stop supporting Donald Trump on Wednesday, Sarah Palin addressed the ‘elephant in the room’ that is her son Track’s recent arrest for domestic assault.
Palin’s endorsement of the Republican front-runner was overshadowed on Tuesday, when her son was arrested the night before for reportedly beating his girlfriend and then threatening to kill himself.
In addressing her son’s arrest during a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Palin appeared to excuse his behavior as a consequence of post-traumatic stress disorder before shifting the blame to President Obama and his ‘disrespectful’ treatment of veterans.
‘I guess it’s kind of 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 Stryker 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,’ Palin said.
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Sarah blamed her son Track’s recent arrest for domestic violence on PTSD during a speech supporting Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Wednesday
Trouble: Track Palin (above with mom Sarah in February 2014) was arrested on Monday night in Wasilla, Alaska for domestic assault against a woman
‘They come back wondering if there is that respect for what their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military have given so sacrificially to this country, and that starts at the top,’ Palin said.
She continued to say it’s a ‘shame’ that military personnel come home and ‘have to wonder if they’re respected anymore’.
‘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 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’ll have that commander in chief who will respect them and honor them,’ she said.
Palin said Trump (who continues to raise questions about his evasion of the Vietnam draft) was just the kind of pro-military president America needs.
‘When you love your freedom you thank a vet,’ Palin said. ‘And then you realize that our vets deserve a Commander in Chief that will let them do their job and go kick ISIS’ a**.’
Track Palin, 26, enlisted in the Army on September 11, 2007, and was deployed to Iraq the following year, as his mother was campaigning as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 election against then-Senator Barack Obama.
Palin implied that President Obama does not ‘respect’ or ‘honor’ America’s troops in her speech. Pictured above in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday
Track was taken into custody by police in Wasilla, Alaska at 10pm Monday after officers arrived at the Palin family home and found his girlfriend cowering under a bed.
According to the unidentified woman, an intoxicated Track attacked her and pointed an AR-15 rifle at his own head as they argued over her ex-boyfriend and screamed he was going to shoot himself, shouting, ‘do you think I’m a p—y? and ‘do you think I won’t do it?’
Palin allegedly told officers he had become furious because Loewe was ‘maintaining contact with an ex-boyfriend.’
This latest chapter in the Palin family saga was all the more embarrassing for the former Alaskan governor as it overshadowed her endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Allegations: An investigation found he ‘committed a domestic violence assault on a female and interfered with her ability to report a crime of domestic violence’
Showtime: Despite Track’s arrest, Palin endorsed Donald Trump Tuesday night in Iowa (above)
The police report from Wasilla, Alaska describes a shambolic scene when police arrived and found the female victim with ‘bruising and swelling around her left eye’ claiming that Track had thrown her phone away when she tried to call 911.
This all happened at Sarah’s Wasilla home according to court documents, and Track had a 0.189 blood alcohol level according to police.
‘I observed that the male had a visible injury to his right eye and the area around his eye,’ Officer Andrew Kappler wrote
‘His eyes were bloodshot and I detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and person. Upon contacting Palin, he was uncooperative, belligerent, and evasive with my initial line of questions.’
Officers tried to ask the veteran why 911 was dialled by the woman and where she was.
‘Palin stated that he didn’t know where she was and denied that there was a firearm involved, but did state that there were several spread throughout the residence,’ Kappler wrote in his report.
‘Due to Palin’s escalating hostility, the unknown whereabouts of the female 911 caller, and Officer safety, Palin was placed into handcuffs.’
Timing: This arrest came the night before his mother very publicly endorsed Donald Trump for president (above with Bristol Palin, her the boyfriend Levi Johnston, Willow, Piper, Todd, Trig and Sarah Palin)
It was then that officers went into Sarah Palin’s family home and discovered the girl under the bed, crying and hiding.
‘She and her boyfriend of one year, Track Palin, left a different residence together and were arguing the whole way home,’ Kappler wrote. ‘Once they got to his home they argued in the car, then in the driveway. They were screaming and he was calling her names.’
The woman told police that while she had not yet called 911, she had lied to Track and said she had to scare him off.
Apparently this did not work.
‘Palin approached Loewe and struck her on the left side of her head near her eye with a closed fist,’ wrote Kappler in the report. ‘Loewe got on the ground in a fetal position because she didn’t know what else he would do. Palin then kicked Loewe on the right knee
The argument got out of control and Track allegedly reached for his AR-15 rifle and began threatening suicide.
Track’s girlfriend ran out of the house after the young man started ‘holding onto a gun, yelling ‘do you think I’m a p—y?’ and ‘do you think I won’t do it?’
‘Loewe stated Palin ‘cocked the gun’ and was holding the rifle out next to him with his right hand near the trigger and his left hand near the barrel, with the barrel just away from his face pointed to the side,’ states the detailed police report.
‘Loewe was concerned that he would shoot himself and ran outside and around the house. She didn’t see where Palin went, so she went inside and up the stairs, where she hid under a bed.’
Police reported that Loewe had bruising around her left eye and appeared to have an injury on her knee.
Track told police the argument began after he learned she had been speaking with an ex-boyfriend.
The two had been to dinner and then visited his sister Bristol’s home earlier in the night before the argument began at his mother Sarah’s home.
He also claims that the woman elbowed him during the fight, but she was not arrested or charged with any crime.
Gawker was the first to report the news of Track’s arrest, which came the night before his mother very publicly endorsed Donald Trump for president.
She did not mention her son’s legal troubles during her speech.
The Wasilla Police Department said in a statement; ‘Palin was arrested and charges of assault in the fourth degree (domestic violence), interfering with a domestic violence report, and misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree were forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.’
Palin family attorney John Tiemessen declined to comment Tuesday on the matter but did say that respect for the family’s privacy is appreciated ‘as Track receives the help that he and many of our returning veterans need.’
Track posted $1,500 bail and is due in court on February 19.
Track, 26, was married in May 2011 but divorced a little over a year later.
He and his ex-wife Britta Hanson have a daughter Kyla who was born three months after their wedding.
Hanson told Radar Online she was not involved in Monday night’s incident or even aware of what happened between Track and the unknown woman.
She also said of her ex; ‘We are on speaking terms. We have a cordial relationship about our daughter. That is as far as it goes.’
Track and the rest of his family had a run in with police a little over a year ago in September 2014 when a fight broke out at a party in Wasilla.
Track also reportedly broke a rib in the incident, and during his interview with cops spelled his last name wrong at one point.
Using the military alphabet he told officers it was spelled, ‘Papa, Alfa, Lima, India, Mike, Oscar.’
‘Palimo?’ asked the officer.