In an unfortunate moment of limelight that is almost too ironically timed, just as Sarah Palin was endorsing Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, her son was being arrested for domestic violence.
The former Alaska governor’s oldest son, Track, was charged with assault, interfering with a report of domestic violence and possessing a weapon while intoxicated.
On Monday night, authorities responded to a disturbance at Sarah Palin’s home. According to a police affidavit, Track’s girlfriend of one year, Jordan Loewe, had called 911 to say the 26-year-old Iraq combat veteran had punched her in the face and had a gun. Track also called 911 to say Loewe was drunk.
When an officer arrived, Track was talking on his phone. The officer noted he was belligerent and smelled strongly of alcohol. Track was placed in handcuffs given his “escalating hostility” and inability to state where Loewe was. The officers found Loewe “hiding and crying underneath a bed.”
Loewe had bruising and swelling around her left eye and her right knee hurt after Track kicked her leg. Track’s right eye was injured as well.
The couple had been arguing on their way home from a different house and continued their argument in the home where Track hit and kicked her. He then grabbed a gun and reportedly yelled, “Do you think I won’t do it?” He then “cocked the gun” and held it “with the barrel just away from his face pointed to the side.”
“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,” Officer Andrew Kappler wrote.
Palin spoke out about her son’s actions in what she perfectly deemed “the elephant in the room” on Wednesday during a Trump campaign event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In her comment, she pinned the brunt of Track’s problems on post-traumatic stress disorder and (of course) President Obama.
“My son like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened, they come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country. And that starts from the top,” she said. “It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question, if they’re respected anymore. 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?”
“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 continued. “And it makes me realize more than ever it is now or never for the sake of Americas finest that we have that commander in chief that will respect them and honor them.”
While yes, PTSD affects a large number of veterans, with 49 percent of Afghanistan and Iraq War combat veterans diagnosed with the mental disorder, this in no way excuses Track’s behavior or even warrants sympathy for him.
Track has had previous run-ins with the law. In 2014, Track, along with his father and sister Bristol, were involved in a brawl. While Track was presented as an upstanding citizen in her 2008 Republican National Convention speech in which she mentioned her son would soon be deployed to Iraq on September 11, he’s been more of a publicity nuisance than a benefit. Tabloids reported he abused drugs. He married in 2011 only to divorce the following year, and now he has a case of domestic violence on his record just as Palin makes her political comeback. Palin’s rhetoric and ludicrous commentary have already branded her a laughingstock in the media. Her kids’ actions are only adding to the insanity of this family.
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