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.


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

    "When an episode of Fox’s “Family Guy” mocked Trig that same month..." The Family Guy episode did NOT "mock" the character with special needs. In fact, it never mentioned her name and treated her as normal as far a Family Guy treats anything normal.

    September 4, 2011 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  2. Amy

    “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?”

    Nope. Americans are not entitled to compassion, empathy or support, regardless of disabilities or other barriers, permanent or temporary.

    September 4, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  3. Klaark

    Hilarious. What we liberals need is a way to make conservatives realize how bigoted, evil, and traitorous they are. I'm not sure they're smart enough to figure it out on their own.

    September 4, 2011 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  4. Brendan

    How many Sarah Palin stories is that today? Seven? You guys really are afraid of her, aren't you? How very sad...

    September 4, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Hey sarah,your 15 minutes are gone.

    September 4, 2011 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  6. here we go

    Clearly the Palins are very serious. No joking with them. Reminds me of the people I know that are too stupid to get jokes so they get offended. She dislikes SOO mmaannnyyy people. Her 15 seconds is draggingggggg

    September 4, 2011 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  7. McGuffin

    The obvious irony here is that Palin is herself a "special needs" person - if not due to her low intelligence level, then at least due to the fact that she's running around America in a bus trying to leech attention from the presidential race. Then there's the way she always has to play the media victim whenever she says anything stupid... there may not be a needier person in America.

    September 4, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  8. Keith

    Why is it the right wing insists upon being so anti-society.

    September 4, 2011 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  9. 66Biker

    You know what the difference between Republicons and everyone else is? The rest of the population has intelligence.

    September 4, 2011 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  10. Greg

    Wake up man! we all are different. Poor Eric Golub is ignorant. He needs to be educated in the beauty of diversity of life. Someday he may.

    September 4, 2011 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  11. Skegeeace

    So Palin is okay with people poking fun at special needs children as long as it's a Republican. No cry of outrage for anyone to be fired like she did with Rham Emmanuel? Shocker.

    September 4, 2011 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  12. coder

    the actual joke is Palin herself – her only objective is getting attention, that's it... She's has zero diplomatic skills, her plans reflect the box of rocks mentality of a typically politician. Like any other redneck who quit her job to live in an RV, she needs to apply for a job at waffle house and remember her roots. The mama grizzly is sitting pretty high on her own pedestal.

    September 4, 2011 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  13. Albert

    CNN and its readers never leave the opportunities to tear apart Sarah Palin. And now its gone to her differently abled child. Is it just the hatred that is so much or its just that you guys are bored and need entertainment?

    September 4, 2011 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  14. Dale

    Sarah Palin is just mad she didn't get the joke. She needs to lay off, I wouldn't want her as President or anywhere near the White House. She'd probably start a Nuclear war.

    September 4, 2011 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  15. Gunga Dean

    It's not the child who is special needs,,,,,, It's the mother!

    September 4, 2011 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  16. Namenancy okie

    God help her–and us if she should ever hold a public office again. she belongs in hollywood not in politics

    September 4, 2011 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  17. Huh

    Ahhh, will she ever NOT be a tool?

    September 4, 2011 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  18. Namenancy okie

    God help her–and us if she should ever hold a public office again. she belongs in hollywood not in politics.

    September 4, 2011 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  19. Marry

    “a kick in the gut.” The GOP/TP true expertise when it comes to what would bring the country forward. Anyone thinking in that direction will give the GOP/TP more opportunities to “kick” America all the way into the ground! And, please, do not say later “you” did not know what they are all about!

    September 4, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  20. Capt Crunch

    I thought it was Sarah Palin who had Downs Syndrome.

    September 4, 2011 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  21. schusman

    This article and the hateful comments above towards Palin and the Tea Party only validate the comedian's joke. Stop whining and being cry-babies. Did someone make a joke about you and you got offended? Awww... poor thing...

    September 4, 2011 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  22. arizonamom

    Oh, I get the joke now................Palin!!! Hahahahahahaha!

    September 4, 2011 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  23. corrina

    What exactly has palin done to help people with special needs? using her son for political gains is not only sick, but sad

    September 4, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  24. paulbark

    Palin doesn't care if right wing nuts make jokes about special needs children. For her, it's all about the politics. She uses her special needs child when it's to her advantage.

    September 4, 2011 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  25. ib42

    The repukes are the mentally challenged ones in our society and government. Their ideology, their hypocrisy and utter selfishness should be a glaring fact of life to all Americans.
    America would be a great country, a humanitarian giant as well as an example to the world, without repugnicans.

    September 4, 2011 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
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