June 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
5 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
spill.

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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  1. JDO4

    Well, if anyone's the expert on lying....

    That said, Rahm made a stupid and unhelpful statement.

    June 21, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Kirk

    This loser needs to go back to shooting animals from helicopters. This comes from a person the quit being a Governor after two years to go on the speaking circuit.. The close minded people(most racist) that pay to see here are being pimped!!!!!!

    June 21, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. JH

    Um... it's his OPINION, Sarah. And of course, it's also politics. But how is that a "LIE"? It's not like he was covering something up... he was just calling it like he sees it. It's an evaluative comment that in no way purports to be communicating some kind of empirical fact. Oh dear. She won't understand "purports," will she?

    June 21, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. TangledThorns

    Rahm is a lying political thug and good for Sarah Palin for calling him out! Another reason why a President Palin is what America needs!

    June 21, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. wayne

    As if we believe what that woman would say. Please, CNN, you're supposed to be a news agency, not a tabloid.

    June 21, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. lawlzguy

    Funny this is coming from the idealouge that spouted, "drill, baby, drill." Of course off shore drilling is part of the Conservative philosophy. They have been preaching it for decades, but suddenly want to distance themselves during an election year and in liue of one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in history...

    June 21, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. RAG

    1. Who cares what Palin says? She is a miserable failure as a politician, parent, and in general – human.

    2. What Rahm Emmanuel said is as obvious to any informed, thinking and intellectually honest American that it does not really need to be said. If he committed any sin, it was belaboring the obvious, not lying.

    3. The Bush-Bush-Cheny-Palin-Barton- ... -BP-Chevron-Exxon- ... -Beezubub-Baal oil cabal are like roaches. When exposed they run for the cracks in the toilet tile. Palin is merely acting to type.

    June 21, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. elizabeth

    I have no doubt that Rohm stretches the truth from time to time. Name a politian who doesn't; in regard to the comment from Barton, Rohm might be on to something there! In addition, to have Palin call anybody a liar is a serious case of the pot calling the kettle; she is such a hipocrite!

    June 21, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. republicans hate america

    it is GOP philosophy. why does it take a stupid tweet from this pundit to make it always to CNN?

    June 21, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Rick

    The pot calling the kettle black.Get a life Sarah , go home and take care of your kids.

    June 21, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. gpenn

    Sarah who? Is she someone important?

    June 21, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Patsy, Texas

    The White House does not need to respond to this twitting twit.

    June 21, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. ER

    Pretty sad that Palin lies about the Republican culture not being exemplified by Barton. Between Palin and Rahm, I'd venture to guess most Americans are going to come down on Rahm's side. I doubt anyone with a measurable IQ would put any salt in her words. Only an "FR", as he would say, could fall for her propaganda.

    June 21, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. Nick

    Hi Sarah,
    Why don't go back home and take care of your kids? Your time of fame is past over. When you point your finger at someone, don't forget the rest of the fingers point towards you. i.e The following apply to you also and you are more in the lime light than e is:
    "shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible"

    N

    June 21, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. ETM

    Of course Emanuel was right. In today's Republican party, it is a rare Republican who does not side with Big Business and Big Oil against the the common good.
    As for Palin, why does anyone care what she "thinks" about anything?

    June 21, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. Colorado Voter

    Sarah Palin = American Taliban. This twit knows how to use twitter because it doesn't require her to spell. Keep it coming! The Progressives don't have to open their mouths; just let Sheikh Limbaugh, Imam Beck and Failin' Palin to open their pie holes!

    June 21, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. kd

    Please make that stupid bimbo shut up. (She STILL looks like a guy in drag).

    June 21, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. Dave

    Emanuel is trying to take the attention off of his weak-kneed boss Obama.

    June 21, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. Ben Lappin

    How does the incoherent ramblings posted on Sarah Palin's twiiter account merit a CNN article?

    June 21, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Hannah

    Palin calling someone else a liar. She is the biggest liar. I hope she runs for pres though, because it just shows how far out and desperate the Republican party is.

    June 21, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. Isla

    We are sending our soldiers to other countries to restore freedom of speech and the rule of law.
    We show outrage on an almost daily basis at the lack of democracy and tyrannic behaviors of political leaders.
    The hearings in congress were a kangaroo court and achieved nothing other than some self serving grand standing by inept politician.
    There is a due process to hold BP accountable and one should follow the laws in place.
    It appears the safety rules and regulations for deep sea drilling were insufficient therefore the MMS and the feds will have to take some responsibility as well.
    If they needed a hearing in Washington it should have been 60 days ago , HOW TO STOP THE OIL.!!!

    June 21, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. Amy

    Way to keep a politically damaging issue alive, Palin.

    Palin has no problem shaking down oil companies or the federal government, every Alaskan gets $2000.00 a year from them, plus Alaska is the third highest recepient of federal funds. Palin is fine with shaking down whomever she can!

    June 21, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. Dis-gusted

    Palin is blind in one eye and can't see out of the other. Actions speak louder than words, and we've seen the behavior/actions of the Republican Party. She and they are an insult to everyone's intelligence.

    June 21, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. Weezie

    Someone should tell Sarah Palin that she needs to go home and take care of her child. This is the time in his life that he needs her the most, and she's running around playing watchdog for the GOP. She's a lousy, Lousy, Lousy mother.

    June 21, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Rob

    It doesn't matter if Rahm was lying or not. Barton opened Pandora's box with his incredibly, politically inept statement. He did more to undo Tea Party and grassroots efforts to resurrect the Republican party than any Obama administration aide or action. He needs to resign for revealing himself to be nothing more than bought and paid for by BP and other oil companies.

    June 21, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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