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. Bob Ramos

    It says an awful lot about the media that continues to cover her and it also says an awful lot about the people who attend her events. This bimbo has nothing to offer but hypocrisy and yet they keep her in the public eye. She will continue on her present course as long as she continues to make money off her public and State Of Alaska welfare.

    September 4, 2011 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  2. Andrew

    This shows why comedy is dominated by liberals, conservative comedy died with Hee Haw. Dennis Miller, lol!

    September 4, 2011 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  3. Kate65

    While Palin was mayor of her hometown, she brought in a requirement for rape victims to pay for their own "rape examination" kits. Disgusting.

    September 4, 2011 06:15 am at 6:15 am |

    Now don't be obtuse about what was said in the article, after all, you do have Joe Biden. You leftists, liberals, always need a boogie man. i.e., Sarah Palin, Tea Party, to try to justify your shallow arguments. Look in the mirror and ask yourself, "am I part of the problem?"

    September 4, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  5. GaryB

    That joke wasn't just lame, it's completely not rooted in reality.. Last November, the GOP held up healthcare assistance for 9/11 first responders until the Democrats agreed to extend the special Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% or 3% of people in this country. They also voted to continue special federal incentives for the most profitable oil companies even though ending the incentives would have shave billions off the deficit. Seems to me that the conservatives have no problem demanding government handouts as long as the money goes to folks who are already rich.

    September 4, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  6. Katy

    I guess what Palin had to say wasn't too interesting inasmuch as the news article only talks about the guy who warmed up the audience for Palin.

    September 4, 2011 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  7. Dk

    Masking their greed with disdain for "those who love government handouts" strangely, those hardworking people struggling to maKe ends meet would not begrudge these republican animals any "entitlements" if the tables were turned! Right now the should of America has been hijacked by Satan posing as the GOP. Irony of ironies... This can be traced to John McCain whose dad and grandpa were four star generals and felt entitled to the presidency and who introduced the world to that retarded half educated only in America imbecile Palin.

    September 4, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  8. Vumba

    Now don't be obtuse about what was said in the article, after all, you do have Joe Biden. You leftists, liberals, always need a boogie man. i.e., Sarah Palin, Tea Party, to try to justify your shallow arguments. Look in the mirror and ask yourself, "am I part of the problem?"

    September 4, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  9. FIELD1stSGT

    You people making your comments are exacytly special needs children. I was a Democrat for 50 years. But you and Obama drove me away. When you abort babies wholesales and then lay up making more, living at the human resources center to get more aid, and thinking obama is going to give you free health care then you deffintly are special needs children. The comedian and Palin is right. you have bashed her and her family for three years now. Now when she fights back you can't tit ake and are stilll trying to deny the truth. Face, and man up to the fact that the majority of Obama followerers are on welfare and food stamps. You will not educate youselves to rise above your present situation then think you deserve a high paying job or just a free ride. Well not in America anymore. The borders must be closed, the welfare better managed and the capable put to work. Palin will do this.; PALIN/PERRY 2012

    September 4, 2011 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  10. Slider

    CNN your political agenda and bias feeds the attack dogs.

    September 4, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  11. Terry

    I purchased a small condo in Alaska, only to establish residency. The money received from the fund more that covers the costs associated with the residence. I believe that every US Citizen should attempt to get in on the entitlements of Alaska, which currently ranks first in the United States for social entitlement handouts.

    September 4, 2011 06:38 am at 6:38 am |

    Wow.The wingnut warmup acts are as unhinged as the wingnut teabaggers are.

    September 4, 2011 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  13. Irrma in North Carolina

    The poor child cannot help it, he is just like his mother, or should a person say like his grandmother.

    September 4, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  14. Jack V

    What the people who post here that blindly follow the GOP is that they're dupes! People like Palin are all about power. There is no substance there.

    September 4, 2011 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  15. Lobo Joe

    ut we Americans are tolerant of those in our society who are challenged. After all, what other country would tolerate the mouthings and antics of blithering idiots such as our resident distaff bimbos Mrs. Palin and Mrs. Bachmann- with Mr. Perry thrown in for good measure?

    September 4, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  16. Deep North

    So did he have to APOLOGIZE to the Special Need Nation....That's what they do...tella bad joke then spend a month APOLOGIZING

    September 4, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  17. jaintn

    Isn't consertative Republican comedian an oxymoron? Actually, that one just sounds like a regular moron. So does Palin for that matter. I guess she only finds certain terms offensive when it suits her. She's a hypocrite, but then anyone who knows anything at all about her, knows that.

    September 4, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  18. Newsraider

    Funny. Hilarious. This story has been on the CNN homepage fir wgat? Three days? Eleven comments so far? Sarah Palin is a joke.

    September 4, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  19. Tad Pole

    I apologise to all those that I offend in advance, but I can't keep up with the proper PC terms anymore. Retarded, special needs, varying abilitiy, I just don't know what to use when. Why can't we simply measure if the person is using the word with adequite respect or not?

    September 4, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  20. Constant Negative News strikes again

    LOVE IT!!! A comedian tells a joke and CNN makes it out that sarah palin said keep on trying liberal jackholes!! YOU WILL LOSE THE WHITEHOUSE ....and socialism obamacare will cease and desist! Just another pathetic attempt to discredit the right side........PATHETIC!

    September 4, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  21. wgf

    “For that reason alone, the left should worship Sarah Palin and adopt her as one of their own,”

    Well, that pretty much sums up the right wing take on bipartisan politics.

    September 4, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  22. John

    "Varying Abilities"??????? Who in the hell comes up with these terms? A rose by any other name is still a rose. They're handicapped, not blessed, endowed with a special gift or any other such nonsense. It's unfortunate, but remains a fact. What else remains a fact is that people who go so far out of their way to cast dispersion on others for supposedly injurious or disrespectful comments are the very people who when in the privacy of their homes, use the name retards and are discomforted most by the need for any direct contact with handicapped individuals. They're the ones who are always at a loss for words, who find polite and yet clever ways to steer their own children away as though the handicapped person's affliction is contagious. Oh yes, they know who they are alright. In the public eye, they champion the cause of the handicapped, while in private they mock them to suppress their true discomforts. Hypocrisy knows no bounds with this bunch.

    September 4, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  23. dd

    wow i'm surprised we're still seeing palin's name in the news

    September 4, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  24. Karver

    Shouldn't this WOman justify the Alaska Permanent Fund before she starts attacking people for wealth re-distribution? Thats exactly what she did with the APF – She gave the citizens the biggest pay out in their state history. What a socilaist she is! And one who cant even stand up for retarded children when Bully conservatives attack them! How unchristian! How unamerican!

    September 4, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  25. Mel Johnson

    Somebody should very publicly hand this guy a crutch, and tell him to riff on that. Sounds like his taste runs in that direction, so he should come up with a couple of real knee-slappers.

    September 4, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
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