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. JustMe

    @Thinkagain – Rosemary Kennedy was 'special needs' because she was a rebellious young woman who Joe Kennedy wanted to control! If he hadn't had Drs hack too much of her brain with a scalpel, there wouldn't have been anything wrong with her at all. Her diaries, pre-lobotomy, are filled with descriptions of debutante balls, their trip to England, dress fittings. Her schoolwork was good, she did advanced math. The Kennedy family is self-serving with their Special Olympics Tribute To Rosemary line.

    September 3, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Phil2

    If you dont like the word, dont use it.

    September 3, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Ma Deuce

    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.”
    -----
    Yet when Rush Limpballs used the R word, she said it was done in "satire". The woman has no scruples, plain and simple.

    September 3, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. The Sane Part Of America

    We do not care about Palin. Please CNN, stop pushing her into the headlines. We've had enough.

    September 3, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Ernie

    Would seem to me that everyone is "too sensitive". If we can't have a sense of humor in politics, we are really in trouble; because politicians are a joke to begin with! It is too bad that we end up giving the morons 'real power'.

    September 3, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. sparky

    I love it when Republipukes try to tell jokes

    September 3, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. geg canada

    palin is one sick human being- i see now wht reagan defunded mental illness he,d have no party left

    September 3, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Krys

    It is highly unlikely that Palin will be brave enough to stand up and say this comedian's comment was inappropriate as it was uttered at a Republican event. Her "outrage" over slights against the special needs community are reserved to be wielded as a weapon against her detractors, rather than out of any genuine concern.

    September 3, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. HolyChrist

    Jesus says, "What you do to the least among you, you do to me. So, obviously, the rich pay too much taxes, foo."

    September 3, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. CaliforniaBC

    I love it when the Right claims the left are the "haters' when we've all witness the depths of their own extreme hatred ever since Obama took office.

    September 3, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. PeoriaPro

    so, in other words, they did a joke about Palin.

    September 3, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. Call me stupid

    I have always said that she is the one with Mental issues

    September 3, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Expat American

    …And the fleecing of Poor White Bigot Trash America continues……courtesy of Palin and her $150K worth of underwear.
    The slack jaws who support this buffoon are the biggest losers in this whole charade that is Sarah Palin.

    September 3, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Who is this guy kidding

    This is so typical of Palin and her entourage. Complete know nothings who can only spout incendiary rhetoric. How insensitive of this idiot to even begin to use special needs children as a ploy to denigrate others. Insensitive, non thinking and ueless. The sooner she's out of the picture the better off everyong will be

    September 3, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Who is this guy kidding

    What an idiot. This is so typical of Palin and her entourage. Complete know nothings who can only spout incendiary rhetoric. How insensitive of this idiot to even begin to use special needs children as a ploy to denigrate others. Insensitive, non thinking and ueless. The sooner she's out of the picture the better off everyong will be

    September 3, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Bribarian

    That comedian was pretty accurate in his description of leftists

    September 3, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. cbc

    It's Sarah Palin, who rides the "short" bus. Not Trig.

    September 3, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Who is this guy kidding

    And the imbecile of the week award goes to none other than Eric GlubGlub

    September 3, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. Who is this guy kidding

    The only joke here is Palin. Too bad she's wasting peoples time with her lunatic vitriol.

    September 3, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Mark

    Star –
    Of course no politician would ever sacrifice THEIR entitlements. I bet we don't hear a peep out of Palin over this because after all it was a Republican who said it so that makes it ok. The hypocrisy that runs through both parties is truly revolting.

    September 3, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. tcp

    Just PLEASE go away, Palin. We real conservatives just don't need you. It is shocking how she flat REFUSES to call out anyone on the Special Needs issue unless they are left of center. You are a horrifying distraction.

    September 3, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. D

    What's the difference between Obama and the FAILING U.S. DOLLAR?

    ..the doller was once worth something...

    September 3, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. cps

    How has Sarah Palin abandoned her son? I am a working mother of a special needs child and although I am not with him all of the time I have never abandoned him and doubt that Palin has abandoned her son, either. What information do you have to validate your statement? Furthermore, I have never received a dime from medicaid to help cover the expenses of my child's therapies. Why not?

    September 3, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Stimpson DeKotte

    I completely agree: Since liberalism can be classified as a mental disorder, all the anti-Palin individuals are acting out......Very much in the same way 'mentally challenged' children do.

    This is not to be compared to Barack Obama comparing his bowling skills to "Special Olympics". As usual, CNN "reporting" gives the Prez a pass. Anyone wish to disagree?

    September 3, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Shane

    You people are idiots. A 3 year old could get what he was saying.you leftist tards are all alike gimme gimme gimme that is what he is saying.why don't you all get a job and pay for the things you want and need in life and mind your own business.

    September 3, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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