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

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. Tanbiker

    It's obvious that Sarah Palin herself is a special needs child. She obviously has defective genes as does the comic goon named Golub.

    September 3, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Mike

    My question is: Did she hear the comedians comments? And if so, why didn't attack them? The answer (assuming she heard them is: She doesn't care about special needs kids, she cares about being the victim and having something to post about on Facebook.

    September 3, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. NoKoolAidCowboy

    Sarah Palin is an enigma.

    September 3, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. JohnRJ08

    Most comedians aren't filled with hatred. Even Don Rickles doesn't hate the people he makes fun of. This guy has a serious personality disorder, on top of not being funny. So he fit right in at the Palin event.

    September 3, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. mia

    I am a teacher and special educator. I switched careers from the financial industry where I made significantly more on wall street than in the public school system, but I wanted to make a difference. What is interesting... during the VT floods in my town... all the volunteers digging out the mud from houses flooded by Irene were... Oops! Liberals!!! Yup, dozens of volunteers that showed up for 3 days were liberals... Meals were made by liberals to help feed families, but guess what, there were some republicans there too... not many, but there were... it's time to stop assuming liberals want a hand-out... because most of the liberals, I know, donate more time and money to charities than the conservatives with whom I have contact....

    September 3, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Will

    that Family Guy episode didn't "mock" Trig. It pointed out how society is afraid to even talk about people with different abilities for fear of being made fun of. Try watching the show, CNN.

    September 3, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Paul Willson

    They should have vetted this "comic's: remarks . Joking about special needs is out of bounds. Especially when you are
    warming up a crowd for a mother od such a person. And to the poster saying she abandoned her son , I think he and the rest of the family are on this tour. I copuld NEVER see doing that she s a better mum than that

    September 3, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Double Standards

    First of all, unless there's something hilarious about the way he delivers the punch line that's been lost in translation, he's not much of a comedian with jokes like that. Second, Palin would have been foaming at the mouth by now if anyone had said the same thing about conservative political ideology at rally for Democrats.

    September 3, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Rob

    What a re..... Oh my bad. I wonder why the GOP has problems when trying to hire comedian entertainers. Oh that's right, the right wing is so uptight that the only jokes they would find fine are knock-knock jokes and chickens-crossing the road jokes. I don't think a comedian can be successful with those types of jokes in their routine.

    September 3, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. hh,mm

    What do you have to say Thinkagain.

    September 3, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. sharky

    That joke certainly lacked any sort of humor whatsoever. What the heck was that idiot thinking, oh wait he wasn't. So stupid.

    September 3, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Half time Governor, Full time Celebrity!

    Never take advise from a loser, she can only teach you how to loose.

    September 3, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Julie

    Who the heck is Eric Golub?
    If the bit reprinted here is typical of his material – then he's already committed the cardinal sin of comics – he's not funny. I can forgive all kinds of tastelessness if it's at least funny...
    That's the trouble with right wingers – never have such a humorless, mean-spirited people existed since the pharisees. Yech.

    September 3, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Anne

    Sad joke and poor timing.

    September 3, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. RG

    The denial is incredible! They had no idea the comedian would say this, although he already said it once before. It's probably the'only reason he;s working. What's uncanny is that ALL children, especially special needs children, must be taught what to hate. Special needs kids have a harder time trying to figure out why. These Tea Party folks are completely fueked by hatred and anger.

    September 3, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. WatchDawg

    Watching Pailns speech reminded me fo the scene from Shrek, when Fiona and the King were about to be married and the hooded executioner was holding up signs to illicite responses from the crowd. It was all forced and sounded like they were pumping in applause from a sound system.

    Funny how they no show the size of these crowds. Can't be much bigger than Palins family all lined up next to the podium...

    September 3, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. nebulizer

    “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?"

    Well said Bristol! A perfect summation of liberal thought.

    September 3, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Has Todd Palin ever received federal or state benefits of someone of Native Alaskan decent? He qualifies since his mother is one-quarter Yup'ik and his maternal grandmother is a member of the Curyung tribe.

    I'm guessing he has received all sorts of benefits (cash and otherwise); when can we expect a reimbursement check from the Palins?

    September 3, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Liberal Memory Jogger

    I love the fact that liberals foam at the mouth when they see a comment like this. Then they go off on a rant about how inappropriate this is. However, since I know you liberals have a very selective memory, I must remind you of the comment Rep. Andre Carson made on August 30, 2011 (4 days ago), "Some of them in Congress right now with this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree.” But yeah, what Palin didn't say was far more inappropriate.

    September 3, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. George

    Sarah, we love you and you WILL be president. Watch out for that witch Michele Bachmann, she is trying to steal what is rightfully yours. And don't find yourself alone in a room with Rick Perry, because something might happen.

    September 3, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. BENJI

    What a bunch of teabagging morons. All they care about is getting rid of the black man in the white house. Such racist with no vision for the future.

    September 3, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Dennis

    Entitlements for the wealth comes in the form of zero percentage interest rates for the bankers, bailouts every time they do something stupid and get into trouble. No taxes when they strike it rich and a slap on the wrist when they do something criminal and get caught. So, for the rest of us, entitlements I guess are the things we paid for all of our lives (social security) and shouldn't have them paid back to us, since obviously wars are so much more important. I am tired of the rich whinning about people who feel that they should be paid back the money they have paid in. Keep your dirty, filthy hands off my social security. The next person who complains should be forced to give theirs up.

    September 3, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Liberal Memory Jogger

    Look up a ponzi sceme and try to figure out what the difference is between that and social security. Thank God I don't pay into Social Security!

    September 3, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. munkittrick

    Clearly, the "comedian" didn't get the subtle irony of the direct correlation to the "special needs people" and the Tea Party at the onset, but in hindsight, he must see that the Libs are certainly not saying "we deserve, we want, we need", as they are the only group making it on what little they have. Conservatives are so far out of their own ideology at this point that they aren't even relevant...but Tea Party people....they NEED attention, then WANT your Social Security and they DESERVE to be in charge...but not really...

    September 3, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. just checking

    Not funny at all, but I'm so glad it wasn't a Democrat that made that analogy, They the teabaggers and Palin, Bachman are such hypocrites.........Bachman, Mrs.ANTI Government takes even more from the government, subsidies for her farm and the so=called clinic her husband runs. We should not let them get off so easy.

    September 3, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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