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.


Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin • Tea Party
soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Tam

    Lord help us!

    September 3, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Indy

    I have had a career working with people of varying abilities (formerly know as special needs) and I can tell you the Republicans are the ones that cry out "I need, I want,I desreve, I am entitled. Democrats are the ones that want to help and balance and share ideas and soloutions. Of all the families I have ever met with children that have varying abilities I have never seen a parent that uses their child like Sarah Palin has in the past with her numerous photo ops while she was on tour.For Golub to use Trig as a political pawn is downright ignorant.

    September 3, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Eiolgj

    If that is a joke, I don't get it. It says that "the leftist haters are an entire political ideology of special needs children.” Doesn't that mean that those who hate the leftists are equated to special needs children? Or maybe it means that those who lean left and are haters are special needs children. That makes no sense either, because the people who supposedly lean left are usually seen as more caring of people with needs, while those who lean right are sometimes portrayed as caring more for the rich and the businesses. GOOD COMMUNICATION??? NOT!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Social Security is not an entitlement: People pay into it their whole working lives.

    Medicare and Medicaid help children, the elderly, and yes, people with special needs. Why is it so horrible to want to take care of the most vulnerable among us? In Matthew 25:40 Jesus said, "What you do to the least among you, you do to me." Aren't Palin and all the teabaggers tight with Jesus?

    September 3, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Regarding Liberals, the Kennedy family started the Special Olympics, which has helped millions of special needs persons and their families. John, Bobby and Teddy had a sister, Rosemary., was a special needs person. Being Liberals and truly compassionate, they started this organization.

    What has Palin done about special needs, except abandon her son?

    September 3, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    “Because the leftist haters are an entire political ideology of special needs children.”

    If you are referring to those who hate the left (teabaggers, Palin, et al), then you are absolutely correct.

    September 3, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Rob

    Restoring America... What a joke, this woman is just plain nuts.

    September 3, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. northy

    Family Guy did not mock Trig. Did you ever watch that episode? It was giving strength to a young Down's Syndrome woman, and if anyone was made fun of, it was Palin herself. The actress herself said Palin was off base. Do you think it's funny when Palin continually makes fun of "lame" people? Was it funny when she called reporters limp and impotent, or when she called Alaskan radio producers "bas tards"? Or when she said the president did not have any testicles? Point being that I'm pretty sure that Palin's selective standards weren't at all offended when a republican comic made fun of the word "special needs". It's already in her blood to make fun of people by using offensive language.

    September 3, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Since 1982, Palin has received approximately $33,400 total from the State of Alaska, as a dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund. Her husband, Todd, has also received that amount, for a total of $66,800.

    Add in all the money her 5 children have received from the state (average of $1,100 per year each); that's about another $78,100 more.

    So Palin's family has received about $145,000 from the State of Alaska since the Permanent Fund started paying dividends in 1982.

    So much for Palin's anti-socialism stance and how she's such a "rugged individual."

    September 3, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. In Texas

    Teapublicans and their comedians are a mighty strange lot. Makes me thankful to be an Independent (actually registered as "non-affliated") voter!

    September 3, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. star

    I noticed that Palin referenced reforming entitlements, however I didn't hear her weigh in on her family's convenient entitlement from the Indian Health Service, free health care for life for her husband, children, children's children, etc. Paid for through federal funds, not through payroll deductions like the rest of us pay for medicare. IE a real entitlement. Maybe one of you reporters could ask her if she is in favor of scaling back the major entitlement that her family qualifies for?

    September 3, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    there are thousands of Americans that have special needs children but not as many have the means to take care of them as Sarah Palin does. If Palin is so much in the corner to help these children, why doesn't she start a foundation to help families with special needs children? She could even name the foundation after her son. Or is it the GOP ideology that the conservatives DON'T help other people or give hanouts? I would have a tad bit more respect for her if she were to do such a thing. Most parents don't have the means or time to run around the country giving speeches and selling books or making movies.

    September 3, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. star

    As far as I can tell, Palin has never held a job that wasn't paid for through the public trough. Mayor, briefly Oil and Gas Board commissioner, and briefly governor. Sounds pretty much like "political class" to me. And as far as rewarding supporters with money or political positions....http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html "Once elected Palin hired friends......"

    September 3, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Donaldbain

    For starters, the Family Guy episode was hilarious and the song (Down Syndrome Girl) was brilliant. On the flip side, Palin and co. are not funny or brilliant. The subliminal message of Sarah's speech was, "Get that black man out of the White House". Pandering to racists will surely get you some support but real people find you disgusting. Say goodbye now.

    September 3, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. thomas

    Sounds like the Tea Bag people are disorganized ! They rally around “Restoring America” , to what the 1950s ?

    Why don't they make America better , modernize , stop wasting 30 billion in tax payer money on corruption and bogus military contracts ?
    They want to live in the past as if thats sustainable , NOT !

    Palin – Victim or Volunteer ?

    September 3, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. skeeter

    I have huge respect for all of the special needs people in my in my community as well as the tireless efforts others devote to helping them with those needs. I have no respect for "Special needs more money" Palin

    September 3, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. T'sah from Virginia

    I listened to Sarah’s speech in its entirety and CNN gave her ALL of that!!! As a matter of fact, CNN gave Sarah MORE minutes in media time than the size of her audience. It’s no coincidence that the camera “did not” pan out to show the crowd but the most applause I heard was of classroom size!!

    Palin is a JOKE!! Her PLAN to “change” America sounded like she was running for a HS head cheerleading position! Now let’s see how she handles this “attack” on special needs children. Hmm, maybe it will be acceptable since it was in comparison with the LEFT!!

    @Eiolgj – I don't get it either – your explanation sounds better than the POINT they were trying to make!!

    September 3, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Dontbow

    Seem to be alot of hate throwing when she didn't even say these words, the comedian did. This also seems very small in comparison to what some of the dumocratic comedians said about bush, palin ans others in their bash parties. Comedians that use much more offensive language and jokes then this. LIberals have no clue though that much is certain.

    September 3, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. 1500 - what an amazingly tiny crowd for CNN to cover this grifter

    It's funny that right wing comedians are not so funny.

    September 3, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Mike

    so.. Sarah Palin needs an opening act now?

    September 3, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Joe Brown

    If the left wishes to disenfranchise AT LEAST HALF OF AMERICA, I'll give them a megaphone that EVERYONE can hear them.
    I'm not a special needs child, personally – and I know what the
    GREED
    OVER
    PATRIOTISM
    party really stands for.

    September 3, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. LOGI

    Yet one more reason these tea bagger right wing nut jobs are WAY WAY WAY wrong for the US and more so .. THE WORLD.

    These are the people who beg for attention and special needs and concessions... while the dems want to to help others not throw a fit for people to help them..

    Tea Baggers and Palin everyday they open their mouth throw there views and people under the bus. Thanks FOX News for breeding a party of utter morons.

    September 3, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. ronald

    She needs to listen to herself.she don't have a plan, she bias and prejudiced, Palin state Alaska is corrupt, so she took them on. She mock Christian by ststing Obama is christ. a man that can turn back the waters andheal the planet, She quotes: there polls there actually and usually i ill say polls net they are for strippers and cross country skiers-but polls is those parts actually shows that some people there believe that the econmy actually impove, Palin don't believe in polls polls are only for STRIPPERS. This statementis offensive. these women or man that are stripper have to make money too. If i can title this it would be bias and prejudiced.

    September 3, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Carol

    This lady is living evidence of the schlock that US politics has become. She is beyond parody, satire and surreality. Yet sooooooooo many citizens swarm around her every utterance like flies on a steaming cowpie. As the ancient Chinese curse goes, "May you live in interesting times."

    September 3, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. ronald

    She needs to listen to herself.she don't have a plan, she bias and prejudiced, Palin state Alaska is corrupt, so she took them on. She mock Christian by stating Obama is christ. a man that can turn back the waters and heal the planet, She quotes: there polls there actually and usually i ill say polls na they are for strippers and cross country skiers-but polls is those parts actually shows that some people there believe that the econmy actually impove, Palin don't believe in polls polls are only for STRIPPERS. This statementis isffensive. these women or man that are stripper have to make money too its there job. If i can title this it would be bias and prejudiced.

    September 3, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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