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. Name king

    I wonder what he calls big businesses that take tax cuts and run to china rebuilding the country in the most powerful country on the planet. Leaving America to look like a real special need country.

    September 4, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  2. Anonymous

    You should here Tracy Morgan Stand Up about screwing Special Needs Children of course we know his Gay killer rants but he is BLACK SO HE GETS AWAY WITH IT. He needs to be BLACKBALLED. Like Cris Brwn and beating women Blacks must be treated better than Special Needs kids and Whites

    September 4, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  3. Mike

    So... what specific plans do the GOP have to fix the nation? Saying "the other team is bad" does not a recovery plan make.

    September 4, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  4. Billy Davis

    If a comedian calls Palin a special needs child she screams it's hateful rhetoric. If a comedian calls the democrats special needs children Palin says nothing. Hmm...

    September 4, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  5. Kevin McKenna

    Restore America –

    Let's start by taking out the trash ... The trash being palin, golub, and the rest of the tea party morons.

    September 4, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  6. JR

    Sarah Palin doesn't have a special needs child. If you are talking about Trig, where has he been? They didn't bring him on the family bus tour vacation this summer. I don't think he's been seen in quite some time – well, except for his birthday photo on Sarah's Facebook – but that was a photo from last year. Maybe his real parents took him back.

    September 4, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  7. enqyoob


    No,, but it's President Palin's Tea-Party Team at its best.

    September 4, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  8. SiriusVH

    I note that Barbie Grizzly now sports a different hairstyle. It seems as though she has switched to a 'I am one of you' uncoiffed style, instead of the 'executive' look she had when she joined the McCain ticket.

    It probably reflects in part the fact that she now has only the dumbest of Americans in her sight (the rest of the country has, by now, realized what a fraud and cretin she is). They probably feel at ease with her; she is one of them, both literally and pschologically.

    September 4, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  9. Donna

    This shows how the left can twist things completely out of shape!

    September 4, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  10. DarrenHankins

    Palin is a special need person

    September 4, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  11. Asterisk

    Palin is a joke she needs to be home with her children and not exploit them, she has no idea what she talks about. That voice of hers I hear it and change the channel. She keeps the media chasing her all the time, thinking she is going to announce she is running for President she is not running. She could not do the job as Governor she quit. She is disgusting.

    September 4, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  12. bob

    social security, medicaid and medicare are not entitlements. They are endowments. As in All men are endowed by their creator with the rights to LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. That's right, in america you have the RIGHT to live, not die, and we all pay into it to guarantee that this is the case. That's what those programs are paid into by americans for. An entitlement is a handout no one pays into, like the 2 unfunded wars we had by bush in his 8 years. He thought he was entitled to do that.

    September 4, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  13. CrazyOwlLady

    @ThinkAgain and Star: Exactly right on. Isn't it ironic how those who screech the loudest about the "lazy whining liberals who always have their hand in our [conservatives'] pockets" are the very ones - like Palin, like Michele Bachmann - who have profited mightily from those "socialist" programs like Alaska's PFD ($P) and the federal CRP (MB) programs?

    September 4, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  14. The Right

    this is the problem with americans now aday's you all take things too personally when someone is just making light of a social matter. In my opinion this article didnt even deserve to be written who cares that a comedian makes a joke. And Sarah Palin has to be the stupidest person I can think of that is involved in politics today next to Michelle Bachman.

    September 4, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  15. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    So she's basically calling Democrats a bunch of retards? Why is she dithering about running? Maybe it has something to do with her long form birth certificate that she refuses to present to America for review. What is she hiding?

    September 4, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. skeeterandbucky

    I know numerous people who work tirelessly every day to help those with special needs. I respect and admire them all.
    I do not respect or admire anyone like Sarah Palin who regularly stands in front of handfuls of people at a time and squawks I'm special, need more money

    September 4, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. Donkey Party

    And people wonder why we hate her?

    September 4, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. cosmicsnoop

    Clearly these people do not understand the word hypocrite. They need to watch the Daily Show nightly so they can see the examples of their hypocrisy on a daily basis and maybe learn from it.

    September 4, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. Chuck in Jasper,Ga

    Of course Palin speaks up for special needs. It is personnel to her. Just like getting a proper education is personnel to many people that can not afford it. The more educationa person, generally, the more money they earn. The more money they earn they more they pay in taxes, except of course if they invest in stocks and the like that return is "Capital gains" which is taxed at a lower rate than people that only make 35k a year..

    September 4, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  20. James in Space

    America! Do not vote this woman into office in any capacity. As you're next door neighbour, we wll suffer as well.

    September 4, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  21. grizzly

    This uneducated loud mouth quitter from Alaska who is only interested in publicity and money has attracted the dumbest segment of our society, the "Middle America Brainless". Anyone person with a gram of common sense would know what she is up to but the right wing fanatics will never ber smart enough to realize that. MotherGrizzly go to South Korea on a one way ticket and stay there. America does not need your stupid comments.

    September 4, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  22. Pa Kettle

    b-b-but I'm a leftist lover, not a hater.

    September 4, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. Leslie

    I read this this morning and it rankled. I realize the article mentions that Palin was unaware of this callous individual's comments, but I can't help but think someone knew what was going to be said, and should have said, "NO! You can't say that.". I am looking forward to seeing if Palin's people do the right thing on this, or if they will let it rest, and as other's have posted, allow her child, and every other "special needs" child, including my two, Be exploited for personal gain.

    September 4, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. whocares

    Off topic but something I noticed. Looks like the Young Americans for Freedom have been reincarneted as Young Americans Foundation. What's in a name? YAF will always be Young American Facists. Well, to me anyway.

    September 4, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Mrstime

    The problem I have is the hypocrisy of Palin. It is fine for her to condone jokes like this when it is her side telling them, yet gets offended should others do the same. This is one of the many problems in politics today.

    September 4, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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