Palin re-tweet raises questions
January 4th, 2011
08:49 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin re-tweet raises questions

(CNN) – Normally, it’s what Sarah Palin tweets that makes news. This time it’s what she has re-tweeted.

The former Alaska governor Monday relayed a comment from gay conservative pundit Tammy Bruce, who was expressing her criticism over continued Republican opposition to the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell military policy that won congressional repeal late last month.

Now the political world is wondering just what Palin meant to express.

"But this hypocrisy is just truly too much. Enuf already–the more someone complains about the homos the more we should look under their bed,” Bruce’s original tweet read that was subsequently relayed by Palin.

Bruce was thrilled with Palin’s re-tweet, saying it constitutes a clear signal the former Republican vice presidential nominee is a friend of the gay community.

“I think @SarahPalinUSA RT my tweet is her first comment on DADT, treatment of gays & attempts to marginalize us–thank you Governor,” Bruce replied.

The Republican pro-gay rights group GOProud, of which Bruce holds a leadership role, also highlighted Palin's “Gay Friendly” tweet Tuesday in an e-mail to reporters.

Palin hasn't said anything more on the issue so it remains unclear exactly what she meant to convey, but the re-tweet is a rare comment from Palin when it comes to any issue involving gay rights – a likely hot-button issue in upcoming Republican primary presidential campaign given the recent repeal of the long- running military policy that forbade gay service members to serve openly.

It could also be a sign the former Alaska governor's stance on social issues beyond that of abortion is less understood by Republicans and Democrats alike than was previously believed.

A Palin spokesperson was not immediately available for comment but Rebecca Mansour, a Palin aide, subsequently expressed skepticism on Twitter that the media would take notice of Palin re-tweeting “something that stands [with] gays.”


Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Sarah Palin
soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Robert

    She probably didn't understand what she was retweeting.

    January 4, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. BlackPanther's2020

    Let's get one thing straight....................she is not a govenor , so please stop referring to her as such , America doesn't wanst or needs a quitter !

    January 4, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. deuce

    "It could also be a sign the former Alaska governor's stance on social issues beyond that of abortion is less understood by Republicans and Democrats alike than was previously believed."

    Or it could just be a political stunt, from the Queen of political stunts. The woman has a show on TLC for Christ's sake....

    January 4, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Madtown

    Ah yes, today's installment of whatever Sarah Palin is thinking, saying, tweeting, etc. I'm tempted to say "who cares", because of course nothing this woman has to say really carries an weight at all, and the collective intelligence of this country is insulted every single time she opens her mouth to get a headline. But.....she is entertaining!!! I've never laughed harder than I have at some of the beautifully ludicrous gems she's offered up. She's a comedy sideshow, nothing more. And, with that in mind, I say the more Palin the better. When she finally goes away, we're going be missing a lot of comedy, and we'll have to find someone new to laugh at.

    January 4, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Terry

    Why does anything this woman says rate mention in the national media??? She's had her 15 minutes already so can we move on please?

    January 4, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Carmen

    It probably just means she hit the wrong button again, like when she "accidentally" favorited that bigoted church sign last year.

    January 4, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Mark

    What is it with this never ending of the derailed choo choo train of Sarah Palin??? I cant help but think CNN would love to get her through the Primaries just to get coverage of Obama utterly deconstructing her in a debate. She is already 3rd or 4th in the Republican pack as it is. It is just a guess, but I see her more likely to rise as the next Rush or Beck.

    January 4, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Texas Palin Supporter

    If I understand this correctly, Mrs. Palin has not responded to the backlash...good. I do not believe that anything she would say would be accepted by the media sensationalist and other creative writers. Mrs. Palin is of good heart and I know that she is not flawless, but she also is strong enough to speak her mind...and smart enough to not offer herself as a living sacrifice to those that would surely roast her for anything negative in this manner. Many people want to identify some behaviors and choices as acceptable and such, even though we know they are not. We should not be the society which caters to those that will lend to a weaker society. Blessings.

    January 4, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. RH of WI

    Sarah Palin is a friend of the Palin's...and no one else. The more she and her family talk, the more I'm sure she unfit for any government position.

    January 4, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. DaisyinAZ

    Funny how Republicans are so big on government not interfering in our personal lives, but still feel it appropriate to "check under someones bed"

    January 4, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Paul1st

    Now it is news when Palin re-tweets something and nobody understands what she is trying to say.

    January 4, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Bev Brown

    Sarah Palin, artificial intelligence is not match for natural stupidity. She is two french fries short of a HAPPY MEAL.

    January 4, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. SirFlipp

    OK, folks, let's not get excited. It'll turn out that Sarah read something she didn't understand and agreed with something she didn't know what-the-hell they were really talking about. It looked good to her bc someone said the word homo, it pops her name out there again in the media for consumption. And will cause debate among the idiots that adore the DimTwit tweeter. You betcha'!

    January 4, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Rosslaw

    Gay Republicans! Lord knows the Republicans have more represessed, closeted, in denial, homophobic homosexuals than you can shake a stick at, but its hard not to compare gay Republicans to something like Jewish Nazis-just not real bright.

    January 4, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. BJ

    C'mon CNN you're letting me down. I was hoping for the proverbial "Bad News For Palin" headline. Or maybe that's for tomorrow.

    January 4, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Yanni

    "But this hypocrisy is just truly too much. Enuf already–the more someone complains about the homos the more we should look under their bed,” I am not in the political world neither in to tweet, however for the sec of understanding English language I am curious to know what does it means.

    January 4, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Carmelle

    haha...well, there goes her base. She's officially a RINO (I'm assuming, since they said the same for Brown, Collins, Snowe, etc). HAHAHAHAHA...and without the base, she is a dead fish. Float away Sarah.

    I love you! Run in 2012!! Please?

    January 4, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Bibico

    The woman re-tweets a comment and this is going to be analysed and dissected for its hidden meaning? I think she's on record as saying homosexuality is a "choice" and is "curable." Anything she says or does now on the topic is for political expediency.

    January 4, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. MikePost

    I think Palin just likes to use "homo" instead of gay or she doesn't understand what the original tweet was all about. Palin is Palin; still unclear in her thoughts and language. Maybe she will "misclarify" at some point how she really feels about "homos" in the military as well as gay marriage civil rights under the law in Mass and other states that have legal gay marriage.

    January 4, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Shane

    She probably just pressed the wrong buttons. Evil woman.

    January 4, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Hot Patata

    Okay, so now a "re-tweet" of someone's semi-literate "original tweet", which has unclear intent, is news. Seriously, if you people following Palin around and constantly writing this nonsensical garbage get paid even one penny more in salary than I do, I'm suing.

    January 4, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. runner305

    And we care about her opinion because...???

    January 4, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. bill

    She's an idiot no matter what she says.

    January 4, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. bppack

    "It could also be a sign the former Alaska governor's stance on social issues beyond that of abortion is less understood by Republicans and Democrats alike than was previously believed." most of what that dingbat believes is not understood since she can't put together a coherent statement. I am anxiously awaiting her blaming the media for distorting her position...whatever it is.

    January 4, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Colleen

    unfortunately, Sarah doesn't even know what she is for and against..her litmus test is "Will it get me any money?"

    January 4, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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