The “Today” show’s co-anchors made Sarah Palin squirm by asking her to explain why she appeared to blame President Barack Obama for her son’s domestic violence arrest.
Palin appeared Monday morning on the NBC News program to discuss the Iowa caucuses, where she batted down questions about Donald Trump’s religious sincerity and political flip-flopping by comparing the Republican frontrunner to Ronald Reagan.
“Who are we to judge one another’s level of faith — our Christian quotient, if you will?” Palin said. “Hopefully people are looking for he who has that record of success that proves he will be able to get the job done for us, finally.”
Then co-anchor Savannah Guthrie appeared to blindside the former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate by asking about her suggestion that Obama caused her son to allegedly punch his girlfriend in the head.
“I never said that,” Palin said, pursing her lips in anger. “No, I never said that.”
Guthrie pressed on, and Palin argued the anchors had tricked her.
But after discussing the Iowa caucus for a few minutes, Guthrie asked Palin whether she regretted her comments from earlier this month, when she seemingly blamed her son Track’sdomestic violence arrest on President Obama’s treatment of veterans who return home with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“I don’t regret any comment that I made because I didn’t lay PTSD on the foot of the president,” Palin said angrily.
You guys brought me here to talk about Iowa politics and the caucus tonight, not to talk about my kids — and that was a promise,” Palin continued, clearly agitated about how the interview had turned. “But as things go in the world of media, you don’t keep your promises.”
Lauer denied there was any agreement on the line of the questioning for the interview, and shortly after, the five-minute interview ended awkwardly and abruptly.
On the day of the Iowa Caucus, Sarah Palin visited the Today Show to stump for her new best friend, Donald Trump. Unfortunately, Palin seemed under the impression that she was allowed to dictate what the hosts asked her about. Hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie weren’t having it.
Palin, who often claims the media is against her by asking her questions she doesn’t know the answers to, got off to a rocky start almost immediately, when the hosts challenged her on several issues that made both Trump and Palin look like raging hypocrites. At one point, a frustrated Palin asked the hosts “Who are we to judge one another’s level of Christian faith?” – the scalding steam of irony coming from a person who once spent a great deal of time trying to suggest President Obama was a secret Muslim was hot enough to melt steel.
But things took a dramatic turn when Guthrie asked about her son Track, who was recently just arrested for beating his girlfriend and threatening to shoot himself in the head with an AR-15. Palin, ever the spindoctor, blamed the ugly incident on…wait for it…Obama. At a Trump rally, the one time vice presidential candidate claimed Track came back from Iraq messed up because Obama didn’t respect the troops enough.