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Sarah Palin Blasted By Veterans For Claim PTSD And Obama Responsible For Son’s Arrest

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Donald Trump Endorser Slammed For False And Harmful Comments On Very Real And Important Issue Of PTSD

Sarah Palin‘s return to the political landscape has enveloped the national conversation since rumors started Monday she would be endorsing Donald Trump. When she did on Tuesday the spotlight was on, and Palin delivered a rambling 20-minute speech described by many, including NCRM, as a “word salad.” Palin’s absence Wednesday morning at her first schedule campaign appearance magnified the focus on the Republican former and half-term governor, and her explanation Wednesday afternoon left many spinning – and many other furious.

Palin’s 26-year old son Track was arrested on domestic violence and gun charges less than 24 hours before she walked onto an Iowa stage to endorse Donald Trump.

WATCH: This 10 Second Clip Perfectly Sums Up Palin’s Gut-Punching Word Salad Speech Endorsing Trump

But Palin’s son’s arrest became news quickly, and so she addressed “the elephant in the room” Wednesday before a crowd of Trump supporters by blaming his arrest on PTSD, and his PTSD on President Barack Obama.

That drew anger from many veterans and veterans groups, furious that she would use a very real and serious issue to remove the blame of her son’s alleged actions, and to use PTSD as a political pawn, and, literally, a get-out-of-jail-free card.

On Twitter, posts by a self-described US Army Officer calling out Palin received a great deal of attention, and were included in numerous news stories as push back to the former Alaska governor’s claims:

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Phil Klay, whose website states he is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Iraq from 2007-2008, posted this tweet:

Brandon Friedman, whose bio says his “memoir, The War I Always Wanted, was recognized in 2010 by The Military Times as one of ‘The Best Military Books of the Decade,'” posted many tweets pushing back Palin’s assertions. A sampling:

Two veterans groups attacked Palin.

“It’s not President Obama’s fault that Sarah Palin’s son has PTSD,” Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) told NBC News. “PTSD is a very serious problem, a complicated mental health injury and I would be extremely reluctant to blame any one person in particular.”

Rieckhoff, NBC News reports, “urged Palin to ‘resist the urge to politicize’ PTSD,” saying, “I hope this doesn’t become a political chew toy in a political campaign.” 

And Vote Vets, a progressive veterans organization, issued this statement:

Other responses on Twitter reveal the depth of upset and anger Palin’s comments caused:

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Hat tip: Mashable 

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Watch: Fourth Grade Student Says Uvalde Police Told Children to Yell ‘Help’ – Shooter Shot One Child Who Did

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What appears to be an increasingly clear understanding of how police in Uvalde, Texas handled the Robb Elementary School mass shooting – by not going inside for at least one hour – is being made even more horrific by reported actions of police once they finally entered the school.

One fourth grade child spoke with local CBS affiliate KENS 5, describing what happened inside the school at one point.

The shooter “shot the next person’s door. We have a door in the middle. He opened it. He came in and he crouched a little bit and he said, he said, ‘It’s time to die,'” the boy told KENS 5.

“When I heard the shooting through the door, I told my friend to hide under something so he won’t find us,” the child, whose name is not being released, told KENS 5. “I was hiding hard. And I was telling my friend to not talk because he is going to hear us.”

“When the cops came, the cop said: ‘Yell if you need help!’ And one of the persons in my class said ‘help.’ The guy overheard and he came in and shot her,” the boy said. “The cop barged into that classroom. The guy shot at the cop. And the cops started shooting.”

(Transcript via KENS 5, video below appears slightly edited.)

Some have noted that since the 1999 Columbine, Colorado school shooting when 12 students and a teacher were slaughtered, police practice has been to storm the school to not give the shooter time to kill more children, and to allow those wounded to get medical attention to hopefully save more lives. That does not appear to have happened.

Presuming the child’s recollection is accurate, it appears one or more officers telling children to yell “help” may have led to at least one child being wounded or killed.


 

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CNN Reporter Refuses to Accept Texas Official’s Claims About Uvalde Shooting: ‘Why Don’t You Clear All of This Up Now?’

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There is an increasing concern among legal experts, security experts, and law enforcement experts about the way police in Uvalde, Texas handled the Robb Elementary School massacre where 21 people were shot and killed, and another 17 reportedly were wounded.

Two days after the mass shooting witness accounts, photos, and videos are circulating that appear to show police waited between 40 minutes and one hour before either entering the school or confronting the shooter, who was killed not by police but by federal agents on the scene. Some are suggesting that valuable time may have led to more death.

Law enforcement also appear to not have a grasp on exactly what happened, with numerous reports revealing some officers were focused on subduing not the gunman but parents desperate for police to take action.

There are also concerns that not only police inaction may have led to more death, but police action may have as well:

Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a well-known MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst rightly says “we’re clearly going to have to wait” for accurate information, but notes what the public is being told “Doesn’t make sense.”

One reporter apparently agreed that information being given to the public did not make sense.

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz, who attended Thursday afternoon’s Uvalde press conference and was not ready to accept what he apparently felt was police stonewalling.

“You guys have said that he was barricaded,” Prokupecz said, referring to the shooter. “Can you explain to us how he was barricaded and why you guys cannot breach that door?”

“So, I have taken all your questions into consideration. We will be doing updates,” replied Victor Escalon, from the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, according to a Mediaite transcript. “We will be doing updates to answer those questions.”

“You should be able to answer that question now, sir,” Prokupecz, clearly not satisfied, responded.

“What is your name?” Escalon asked.

“Shimon Prokupecz from CNN. We’ve been given a lot of bad information, so why don’t you clear all of this up now and explain to us how it is that your officers who were in there for an hour, yes, rescuing people, but yet no one was able to get inside that room,” Prokupecz continued.

“Shimon, we will circle back with you. We want to give you the why. That’s our job. Give us time. I’m taking your questions back to talk to the team,” Escalon replied.

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‘Demon Seed’ Doctor and Far Right Radio Host Call to ‘Lock Up’ Men Who Have Gay Sex to Prevent Monkeypox

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As a small handful of monkeypox cases have been documented in the United States the far right is using that disease to target LGBTQ people. In a segment on Stew Peters’ radio show, he and “Demon Seed” Dr. Stella Immanuel called for the imprisonment of men who have sex with men, presumably to slow the spread of monkeypox.

As with HIV/AIDS, monkeypox is not a “gay disease” but some recorded cases are believed to have been transmitted by men who have sex with men. The far right has been attacking the LGBTQ community all year, with the rise of the false “groomer” label made popular among extremists by Christina Pushaw, the press secretary for Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis.

“So one of the answers would be, don’t have gay sex, repent for your homosexual lifestyle, and go find Jesus,” Peters says as Immanuel, the hydroxychloroquine-pushing physician and pastor who believes demons having sex with women causes tumors and other illnesses, agrees.

“The real pandemic here is promiscuous sex among gay men – sex, orgies, and participating in satanic depravity,” Peters continued, as Immanuel again agreed. The chyron reads: “Gay Sex Detonates Monkeypox Bomb.”

“So, stop that, as a matter of fact we should make a law against homosexual sex. We should just say that that’s not allowed, it’s a criminal offense, and we should lock these people up.”

Again, Immanuel agreed.

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