TRENDING: Comedian tells 'special needs' joke at Palin event
September 3rd, 2011
04:07 PM ET
3 years ago

TRENDING: Comedian tells 'special needs' joke at Palin event

Washington (CNN) - In comedy, timing is everything.

And minutes before Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and parent of a child with Down syndrome, made her much-anticipated speech in Iowa, Los Angeles-based comedian Eric Golub told a joke that compared liberal political ideology to “special needs children.”

After commending Palin on raising her son Trig while balancing other responsibilities, Golub made the analogy.

“For that reason alone, the left should worship Sarah Palin and adopt her as one of their own,” Golub said. “Because the leftist haters are an entire political ideology of special needs children.”

Golub continued by saying that liberals are needy and feel entitled.

“And unlike Trig, they aren't very lovable,” Golub said. “All you hear from them is give me, give me, I need, I need, I want, I deserve, I’m entitled – no you don’t.”

Since announcing she had a child with Down syndrome in 2008, Palin has defended the special needs community in a number of instances.

In February 2010, Palin called for Rahm Emanuel, then-White House chief of staff, to be fired after he called liberal groups thinking of running ads against Democratic lawmakers “retarded.”

When an episode of Fox’s “Family Guy” mocked Trig that same month, Palin wrote in a post to her Facebook followers that it felt like “a kick in the gut.”

She also included a response to the "Family Guy" episode from her daughter, Bristol Palin.

“As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate,” Bristol wrote. “Shouldn’t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny?”

Palin never mentioned the remark while speaking at the tea party-affiliated “Restoring America” rally in Indianola, Iowa.

Charlie Gruschow, co-founder of Tea Party of America, said he never heard the comment or met the comedian before the event.

"Some of the people on staff had heard him speak before and thought he would be a good person to break up and entertain the crowd," Gruschow said.

This isn't the first time Golub made the comment. He also used it while speaking at a 2010 convention for the conservative organization Young America's Foundation.

Palin's team could not be reached for comment.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Sounds like the Republicans are hating on the Poor again!!! They'll never get the votes of the Poor or the MIddle Class! The Middle Class is tired of the rich and Repuglicans ruining and running their lives. The Middle Class has to pay America's way because the poor can't help and the Rich get to skip their American responsibilities leaving the burden to be sholdered by the Middle Class! We the MIddle Class can't take that anymore!

    September 4, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. Tucker

    Sarah Palin is an idiot. She is riding high on her fifteen minutes of fame. Americans were all perceived as "retards" when Bush was president, how will the rest of the world see us with a president like Palin? We should be ashamed of ourselves that this country has come to the point where we take someone like her seriously. She has no experience and she knows nothing. She's an embarrassment to this country and frankly to women and mothers everywhere. I think she is honestly a bad person with questionable morals and integrity.

    September 4, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. cyg

    I thought the joke was Sarah spending other people's hard earned cash on a non-presidential look at me campaign. No?

    September 4, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Palin obviously doesn't mind special needs jokes with it pushes the facist agenda that her employers the billionaire Koch brothers have her pushing. What a horrible person she is.

    September 5, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. sara

    This is the reason that Americans, the majority that lives in this country is not going to tolerate hypocrisy. Never heard of the L.A. based comedian and obviously he is as worthless as Palin. He must be her "L.A. Hollywood" connect for her next T.V. project.

    September 5, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    "The Alaska Permanent Fund is not a redistribution of monies confiscated from citizens through taxation. Rather, it is money earned from the sale of natural resources that are owned by the people of Alaska."

    It's still money earned by corporations and distributed by the government to the citizens.

    Isn't it that kind of "socialism" that Palin is so against?

    September 5, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  7. Palinsthejoke

    I don't get it.
    Was the Special Needs joke referring to Sarah Palin, or her child??

    September 5, 2011 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  8. arizonamom

    Leslie – I think we both know the answer to the question you posed: "Palin's people do the right thing on this, or if they will let it rest". They will, of course, say they has absolutely NO indication he was going to do a "special needs" joke when in fact they knew damn well he would. Palin can dish it out but she sure as hell can't take it. She uses her son's disability to suit her purpose – parades him around like a piece of meat but god forbid someone use the word "retarded" and she takes it so damn personally all the while slamming anyone who disagrees with her. She's the joke and the punchline.

    September 5, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  9. Kevin

    Note that since it was a joke about Liberals that it was okay by her standards, never mind that it was an insult to her family. Politics over family, that's the Palin way.

    September 5, 2011 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  10. SB

    Donna, "This shows how the left can twist things completely out of shape!"

    Really? Why is Palin not up in arms about this? If she didn't know about it at the time of the speech she surely knows about it now. So why is she still ignoring it? It's because she's willing to play politics with her family. If it had been a liberal comedian making a joke about conservatives then her tweets would have started within minutes of the event. But no.. because it was a conservative joking about liberals it's all good. That's just how corrupt this woman is.

    September 5, 2011 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  11. everydaypeoples

    Because while we bust are butts at work every day, we are the ones paying for the huge tax breaks that are given to mega corporations who move their jobs oversees. Its not the liberal leftest that ask for special tak breaks and pay off our elected officials.

    September 5, 2011 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  12. everydaypeoples

    Reppublicans are all about giving, giving my hard earned money to the corporations who give them the biggest kickback. Its their humitiarian side at work.

    September 5, 2011 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  13. Tad Pole

    I think the real scandal is that a *typical* (although to some perhaps hurtful) comment was politicised by Palin when it served her needs, but when another somewhat thoughtless joke is made, it is somehow not an issue because the person making it is a political ally.

    September 5, 2011 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  14. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    They are unhinged. All 10% of them

    September 5, 2011 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  15. FedUp

    So how is this "Palin's controversial joke" as you have it in the teaser??? She didn't say a word of it. Seems to me that the Clinton News Network should change its initials to ONN – Obama News Network.

    September 5, 2011 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  16. JennyTX

    Ron Paul wants to get rid of FEMA, Michele Bachman wants to get rid of the EPA, and Rick Perry says Social Security is unconstitutional and calls it a Ponzi scheme (which it's not, because by definition Ponzi schemes are intended to defraud participants). If the Repubs go around closing big systems, think of how many people will be thrown out of work and onto unemployment. They don't care think about that.

    September 5, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  17. seneca

    The family guy episode was about thier teen age son falling in love with a teen age girl who had down syndrome, so I dont see how that was a kick in Palin's gut.

    September 5, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
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