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. Rick Perry or Sarah Palin

    Can't decide who's crazier?

    September 4, 2011 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  2. Dave A.

    These are really sick people The problem is that they are power hungry.

    September 4, 2011 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  3. LeslieWest

    Palin doesn't have a clue about the English language; she might be an illegal!

    Let's check her birth certificate!

    September 4, 2011 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  4. Marty

    I think they need to double check their research on this one; these remarks were attributed to a "comedian"?

    September 4, 2011 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  5. I AM CANADIAN

    Even in Canada, it is well known that Palin is the one who is "special needs"!

    September 4, 2011 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  6. Dee

    So we're still waiting on Palin to say this comment was a kick in the gut too???

    I think we'll be waiting then.

    September 4, 2011 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  7. LeslieWest

    Palin doesn't have a clue about the English language; she might be an i l l e g a l !

    Let's check her birth certificate!

    September 4, 2011 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  8. Me3

    Add this to the guy who showed up to get his gun signed by Palin for an NRA fundraiser, and the PimaCounty, AZ GOP auctioning off a gun like the one used to shoot Gabrielle Giffords. The GOP right wingers nut jobs are crass individuals. Stupid ignorant people.

    September 4, 2011 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  9. Bito

    She is a nut case, bottom line.

    September 4, 2011 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  10. Justin H

    “As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate,”

    I'm sorry Bristol, but that flies in the face of Republican ideology.

    September 4, 2011 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  11. CjW

    Wow~
    I just when I thought when I had heard it all. The hatred I see in the US towards people many of whom are unable to help themselves is disgusting. Just when I thought the us was a "Christian" nation that was the home of the free... laugh.. No it isn't.
    When a large %ile of it's population seem to believe in the "self centred me, I, mine" approach to life, a hatred of the weak/disenfranchised and a love of war, I can't help but wonder if the national socialist (FASCIST) agenda is an underlying
    principle at work in society?
    How we can learn from our strong economic neighbours to the North!

    September 4, 2011 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  12. Palin Power

    BEHOLD our next and greatest President Sarah Palin. She is our messiah and savior. She is the one who will bring REAL change and hope to this country. She is CHOSEN BY GOD HERSELF to lead us to the PROMISED PALIN LAND and be the Palination! We WILL have 8 years of President Palin and an eternity of White Conservative Women Presidents and Vice-Presidents. Obozo will be the very last man to ever be President. Men, minorities and liberals will never hold the executive office ever again. President Palin is the TRUE champion of the people and the destroyer of corruption and all forms of leftist ideologies.

    September 4, 2011 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  13. Mark

    Think Again– needs to do some research about where the funds come from to pay the dividends that the palins and the rest of us Alaskans receive each year. They come from investments in stocks from profits on oil and other businesses the are successful from hard working, conservative, folks that earn these funds instead of taking from the government and doing nothing to earn those funds. Study before you talk and print false accusations. Sarah Palins political and moral stand is what makes our nation succesful and compitition between successful corporations is what keeps our nation healthy, if we could just get rid of some of the freeloaders and government regulations, and let the system work that has worked for decades.

    September 4, 2011 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  14. happy

    CNN must have a whole team of people stalking republican events and waiting for something marginal to happen. Anything they can find to take the attention away from how much of a disappointment Obama has been. I mean how high were your hopes liberals? It was really cute how high they were. If this is your best answer to our problems then I hope you don't vote next November.

    September 4, 2011 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  15. sunnye

    Umm...I'm not laughing.

    September 4, 2011 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  16. Drake in Vancouver

    It's sad when a comedian has to spout Tea Party rhetoric to get an audience. But they are an easy sell – all you need is some mindless drivel. Just ask Sarah Palin.

    September 4, 2011 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  17. rene

    Leftist Haters? It's the right that hates Obama so much that they will destroy the whole country just so he won't get re-elected. As an ex-GOP, I have never seen such a hateful and spiteful group as the GOP Tea b a g g e rs. (That's what you named yourself because you are so out of touch with reality that you didn't know what it meant until the Leftists explained it to you.

    September 4, 2011 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  18. Dustin

    My biggest issue with this article is the family guy reference. They fail to mention that the actor on that did the act did in fact have downs. She was also criticizer of palin.

    September 4, 2011 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  19. John Cilla

    @thinkagain....right on, these nutcases are always ranting against socialism unless it's lining their filthy pockets. The Palin's are perfect examples of the slimy, greedy republicans that roam the face of the earth. Perhaps what happened to the dinosaurs should happen to them.

    September 4, 2011 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  20. KM

    If there is any single group closest to "retarded" in this country it's the Tea Party.

    September 4, 2011 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  21. Kris

    Actually, with a sepcial needs chils, it's Palin who should be more liberal and caring. Instead, she's learned that, like Ann Coulter, there is money in hate.

    September 4, 2011 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  22. Kris

    Actually, with a special needs child, it's Palin who should be more liberal and caring. Instead, she's learned that, like Ann Coulter, there is money in hate.

    September 4, 2011 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  23. Demotage

    Palin has been one of the biggest 'name callers' out there. Yet she complains whenever anyone says anything she doesn't like. She is the biggest example of 'can dish it out but can't take it" that exists out there. This particular case is another example of this. She complains when Democrats make any statement that she thinks insults her situation, but when a supporter republican makes a similar statement, she is going to remain silent. She is the biggest hypocrite out there.

    September 4, 2011 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  24. Funny

    It's ironic that Trig shares the name of a math class he'll never take.

    September 4, 2011 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  25. Booger McCoy

    Funny how I had to accidently come across this article by seeing it listed in "Trending" but Katt Williams insult of Mexicans makes the front page, for 2 days and counting.

    September 4, 2011 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
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