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

    Ah well. Here is a thought. Cancel the insurance for her child...due to the "Pre-Existing" condition. Then let her go bankrupt like many in this country...and let's all see if she maintains the ideology of ignorance.

    September 3, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. Mary D

    Indy-
    "I have had a career working with people of varying abilities"

    Sure you have...Is that what they are calling them now? Trying to capitalize on the
    People of Color" moniker?

    You are a joke..get lost clown.

    September 3, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Barbara

    She needs to go back ta Alaska-and stay there!

    September 3, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. chuck

    She makes the mad-hatter look sane. Sadly she uses her children for financial gain and media attention. She has held up her retarded son too many tinmes for the camera–why isn;t she HOME TAKING CARE OF HIM,oh yes $arah doesn't make money pon that. She drags her young daughter around on the phony bus "tours"-kid looked misearble. SP "praised" her oldest daughter (forgot her name) for writing a book about getting knockld up while in a drunken blackout– gee a mom's gotta be proud... CHa Ching Cha CHing.

    September 3, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Trig is a Rhodes Scholar, compared to his mother.

    September 3, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. scratchee

    "...because the people who supposedly lean left are usually seen as more caring of people with needs..."

    You mean, that's how people on the left think about themselves. A great many people on the left cannot fathom that a conservative person can actually be compassionate. Most of my conservative friends are compassionate, caring, and NOT rich.

    September 3, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Lena

    The Palin camp hired a comedian to make fun of those with "special needs". So who are the obvious "special needs" people who can't figure out that this was a "special needs" idea to begin with?

    September 3, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Macmaven

    I wonder how much money Palin figures that she can make off of Trig? I'm sure that he's factored in somewhere amongst her circus freak show of a family/campaign.

    September 3, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  9. Geddy Lee

    The GOVERNMENT should pay for all needs and services for those on the autistic spectrum. IF we are a compassionate people, that is.

    September 3, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  10. israel

    sarah palin, you have continued to astound us with your ignorance and sheer stupidity, so don't act surprised or "hurt" that you and your family was made fun of on family guy, you deserved it.....and if you wanna compare "i wanna, i needa"'s try this one on.....liberals go "i wanna i needa" for stuff like welfare, food stamps etc, things to help others besides themselves for the most part....on the other hand conservatives go "i wanna, i needa" for things like money, abortion and destroying the planet....things that don't help other people

    does anyone see where im going with this

    September 3, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. oh please

    your DNA is problematic and your children are proof.....deal with your problems and STOP BLAMING OTHERS who DO NOT have PROBLEMATIC DNA for making fun of your PROBLEM......

    Deal with it or continue to act RETARDED

    September 3, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  12. Edward Ruiz

    The one who has more special needs is Sara Palin. Her son is now and will always be smarter than his mother.

    September 3, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. Jeff Spangler

    The legal Latin phrase "res ipsa loquitur" applies here– "the thing speaks for itself".

    September 3, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. philip

    Saw the headline and just assumed it was a joke about Palin herself. Anyway, I have the nihlistic fantasy that Palin/Bachman run on the same ticket.

    September 3, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. biff

    Sarah will NEVER run for president. She can't even run the state of Alaska which has what 25 people living in it?

    September 3, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  16. DaveX

    @ ThinkAgain
    - Actually, though I REALLY detest Palin – I totally agree with the profit distribution of oil revenues by the state of Alaska. I don't think its socialism – just the residents and landowners benefiting along with their state. when it comes down to it – it's not enough to live on...AND NOT WELFARE. And, heck, if your state makes a profit...first, that's AWESOME...and...DOUBLE AWESOME if they have the decency to give the money directly back to the residents.

    BUT....don't get me wrong. Palin is a moron. Twice on sunday. But, let's keep the focus on these racist, ignorant, lying scumbags who pretend they are interested in "America."

    September 3, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. RMoyes

    To say that Sara is "Mother of a special needs child" is more than a stretch... Sure, she clearly gave birth to a child with special needs, but she's been far too busy traveling around and running her clueless yapper with a constant slew of insipid druck to be a "Mother" to anyone. We should be praising the nanny (or team of nannies that actually are more likely to be caring for said child) We've already seen plenty of proof that the Palin's parenting skills are, sahl we say... Lacking. Her family is a wreck, she's a quitter. Why do people still insist on giving her credit for being anything other than a half-wit, mouthpiece of the Christian right.

    September 3, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. alkoholic

    On a positive note,at least Trig has a higher IQ than Sarah Palin.

    September 3, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. Alan Johnson

    I think for Palin, it depends on who is making the joke. Anyone who has been with a special needs child would find such "jokes" offensive, no matter who tells them.

    September 3, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Bob

    Palin uses her son for her own benefit. If she had any decency at all, she would leave him out of her political campaign. The woman has no shame.

    September 3, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. Jason T.

    This guy is the least funny comedian imaginable...

    September 3, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  22. Leatherhelmet

    Palin didn't abandon her child idiot.

    September 3, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. hopeismyname

    My autistic son has more class than she does doesn't pretend to use people to get ahead.....I'm sickened by the whole thing

    September 3, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Becca

    For Sure this Woman is plain nutzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! If she gets voted in for president then I know for sure this country has gone to H^ll. Besides she has a special needs child and he needs his mother and not others to take care of him how does she have time for all her nonsense! I think she should be reported for not taking care of her child with special needs. She is not a real mother! With all the garbage that keeps comming out of her mouth I think she had better run and hide before she really makes any more of a fool out of her self than she already has. GO AWAY SARAH!

    September 3, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  25. opus512

    This is why liberals have ALL the good comedians. Conservative dogma simply isn't funny. In fact, it's just plain mean.

    September 3, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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