June 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Palin calls Emanuel a liar

 Emanuel is under fire from Sarah Palin.

Emanuel is under fire from Sarah Palin.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is taking aim at White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, characterizing the top Obama aide as an irresponsible liar.

"Rahm, u lie," Palin wrote on Twitter Sunday after Emanuel said on ABC's This Week that Republican Rep. Joe Barton's controversial apology to BP last week exposed the political philosophy of the Republican Party.

"That's not a political gaffe, those are prepared remarks," said Emanuel. "That is a philosophy."

"RahmEmanuel= as shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible as they come,to falsely claim Barton's BP comment is "GOP philosophy," Palin also tweeted in reply to Emanuel's comments.

The White House has not responded to Palin's comments.

At a House committee hearing Thursday intended to grill BP CEO Tony Hayward, Barton instead drew the headlines for an opening statement that apologized to BP over the $20 billion account to pay damage claims that the company created at the request of President Barack Obama.

Barton's statement – which was quickly retracted under pressure from House GOP leadership – provided Democrats an opportunity to deflect growing public disenchantment with how the government was responding to the oil disaster.

Acknowledging the political gift handed to his party by Barton, Emanuel also said on ABC that Barton's comment and other pro-BP statements by Republicans including Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul would be a factor in the November congressional elections.

"In case you forgot what Republican governance is like, Joe Barton reminded you," Emanuel said, adding the GOP considers BP the "aggrieved party" instead of the oil giant responsible for the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

However, a statement later Sunday from the House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans said Barton spoke off the cuff. The statement included what it said were his prepared remarks, which made no mention of an apology to BP or criticism of the fund the company created to pay for damages from the oil

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of oil-rich Alaska also challenged Emanuel's comments, telling the CNN program "State of the Union" that the White House chief of staff was wrong.

UPDATE: White House spokesman Bill Burton responded to Palin's tweet Monday in the daily briefing with reporters.

"As a leader of the Republican Party, people would be interested in knowing whether or not she thinks that, as Congressman Barton said, that $20 billion set aside in a fund to pay the claims of people who have been harmed by the BP oil spill was a shakedown. I don't think that the American people think that," Burton said.

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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. John

    Palin is an idiot. What is she? 12? 13?
    Says alot about her supporters

    June 21, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Susan

    No, Mr.Emmanuel is not wrong. This is what 8 years of Republican deregulation has done to this country and it's citizens. Mining disasters by companies that couldn't care less about safety and an oil industry with its regulating agency in its pocket, creating the worst environmental disaster in this country's history!

    We know that Republicans favor big business over the citizens of this country, but to apologize to BP for making them pay for what they've done? Unconscionable! I hope the voters remember this in NOvember!

    June 21, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. tim

    palin accusing anyone of lying? LOL– that certainly is the pot calling the kettle black....YES the GOP lies– that's a shock...

    June 21, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Ferret out the BS

    Those were prepared opening remarks, designed to establish a completely different course the GOP planned to take with handling BP from the White House. Rahm Emmanual is completey correct in his assessment. Everybody knows the Republicans are just pandering to Big Oil, it's disgusting. They would sell out America, its people, everything in a heartbeat if they thought they could make a buck or two and undermine the current administration.

    Wonderful people, doin' what they can to destroy America!

    June 21, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Bill NY

    Hey Sarah,
    the truth hurts, doesn’t it?

    June 21, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. TampaFSU

    "Rahm, u lie" – this is output of someone who almost became our Vice President !! If the guns and bible-thumping speech didn't scare you enough, then tweeting as if you were a teenager should do the trick.

    June 21, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. Popduds.com

    Nobody cares what Sarah Palin thinks. Nobody with a brain at least. She couldn't even finish ONE term as Gov! She is poorly-informed on almost all issues and appears to have little interest in policy, just making herself more money. I hope she runs in 2012, go Obama!

    June 21, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. concerned citizen

    Yes it is true we have some many freedoms in this country, incl;iding the freedon to express our opinions, but it is time someone stop that oportunistic woman and make her SHUT UP!. Saint Sarah has nothing to offer to our country other than her foul mouth, but the fault does not fall on her but in the so called "conservative republicans" that are her followers, Sarah and Rush are verbal terrorists and the media and the country would benefit by not playing to their game and just ignore them.

    June 21, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. Alan Jones

    Why do news outlets and all the media keep wasting space with what this wack job of a woman says? No one is listening to her with a real mind. She speaks from a place she knows not of. Keeps trying to be intellectual and fails miserably everytime. Thanks McCain!

    June 21, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. mike

    lets face RUSH runs the republican party no one dares to challenge
    him because if they do they are history and that is a fact and everyone
    knows it so what Joe Barton said does represent how the party feels
    they can't think independent of each other if they do they are history
    do you think Barton is going to lose his job it is all smoke and mirrors
    wait and see

    June 21, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Jim

    Is there anyone who doesn't think that the Republicans want to let big business write its own rules? What does the phrase "small government" mean if it doesn't mean less regulation? The reason the MMS is in a shambles is because that is the way the Republicans run regulatory agencies.

    And once again, why does the news media report everything Sarah Palin says? She won't sit for real interviews, she just sits there behind her Twitter account tweeting out her absurd remarks.

    June 21, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Citizen K.

    Why would the White House respond to this? If she wants to behave like a 14-year old, let her.

    June 21, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. Doc

    Pot calling kettle black...news at 11:00

    June 21, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Dave

    I'm sorry, but Sarah Palin doesn't have the integrity to call anyone else a liar. All she does is lie and mislead. She is worth less than the dirt I scrape off my shoe.

    And as far as Barton's statements not reflecting the GOP's view... he's not the only one who's made such statements. Haley Barbour, Marsha Blackburn, and other Republican illuminaries have been falling all over themselves to cry that we're being too mean to BP. The GOP is in the pocket of big oil, they're addicted to the money that big oil pours into their campaign funding, and they have more loyalty to corporations than they do to the American people. Palin should know that, because when it comes to grabbing money, she's one of the worst offenders; she wouldn't even serve out her time in office because she was more interested in book and speaking fees.

    June 21, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Bob

    Rahm is a corrupt as they come. I don't believe anything out of his mouth. Obama promised to change things in Washington but he brought in corrupt Chicago politicians.

    June 21, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Will the madness about this imbecile woman and every brain fart she has ever stop?
    WHO CARES what this ex-everything she has ever done in her life does or says?
    She is NOT a politician. She is a has been who has a stupid twitter account, no less, and the media just can't let her go.
    If she thinks Emanuel is a liar she should look in the mirror. Maybe she doesn't recognize herself due to the Botox and those two perkynew girls.
    Shawloe/narrowminded/irresponsible? Is she talking about herself? I left out politician because she is a nobody!
    i sincerely hope that when her star finally fades she goes away just lke anna nicole smith did.

    June 21, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    Sarah my dear, do you realize that every time you open your your mouth there is nothing but lies that come out of your mouth. Do you really think the white house is going to comment on your statement. I am sure they have better and more important things to do besides responding to a quitter like you. Why dont you just stick and stay with fox news they are your kind of people.

    June 21, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. greg

    Palin, on the other hand is a bastion of truth. It's like backwards day!

    June 21, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    Question-Does anyone really believe after hearing her talk that Palin acutally writes her facebook or even twitter? And talking about calling the kettle black-YOU LIE FALLIN PALIN! all the time. You said that we did not accept help from those that offer-Wrong! How about Mexico, the Dutch and Norway to start with. President Obama also has financial help for those people that will be out of work while the oil rigs are shut down for 6 months. How can any of you older than 10 follow this woman?

    June 21, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. Brian

    Typical. Coming from someone who wouldn't know a lie when she told one.

    June 21, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. Jerry

    Darn I wish this women was the vice president of America , hope is not a plan folks

    June 21, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  22. John

    Hey Sarah ,You are one Pathological Liar!!!

    June 21, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. Bob from MD

    The "Great One" should have spent more time figuring out how to stop the leak first! The leak is still going strong and he spent his weekend attending baseball games and golfing.

    June 21, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. Ron

    What Barton said (and Palin reiterates) is that in the United States a party is innocent until proven guilty. Is BP guilty? Yes, it would appear. Should they cover costs of cleanup if found responsible? ABSOLUTELY!! No one (including Barton, Palin, or the GOP) is saying otherwise. What is incredibly scary is the president is acting like the judge, jury, and executioner without due process. THIS IS WHAT BARTON AND PALIN ARE SAYING!! We now have a president who not only thinks he is ABOVE the law but also believes he IS the law. The Democrat party cares nothing about the people (since their power is more important than the people) and those of you who can't see it will be the first to complain when you find out in 10 or 15 years that you have a country collapsing and any remnants of freedom are gone. Time for you to wake up and realize what the Democrat Party is trying to do. Only the unintelligent cannot see what is occurring by the Democrat Party.

    June 21, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  25. Arthur

    does any lucid, thinking individual in their right mind really care what that woman says or thinks?

    June 21, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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