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. The Choobs

    All jokes far as I can tell, Palin's most impressive act as Governor-before-quitter of Alaska was to enact a socialist policy requiring private corporations (oil companies) to redistribute some of their wealth to citizens of the state. How does she justify that to the Tea Party?

    September 3, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. sybaris


    Someone told a joke?!

    The beatings will commence at dusk!!

    September 3, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Argle Bargle

    Leftist haters, rightist haters, they're all the same...people who would rather point out the differences in their fellow Americans instead of choosing to focus on what collective needs they have and the things that make them all the same.

    Sarah Palin's only purpose is to accentuate peoples' differences and foment hatred to divide America and bring about its downfall.

    September 3, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. ThatGuy

    It should be noted that the episode of Family Guy mentioned did not directly mock Trig. In the episode Chris had a crush on a girl with Down's Syndrome. When they went on a date she was a total bitch and later said her mom was the former governor of Alaska. Ironically the actress playing the girl actually has Down's Syndrome and called out Palin for exploiting Trig and using him as a prop.

    September 3, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Doug

    The funny thing is that it isn't even a joke so much as a dull insult.

    "Hey you guys hear the one about Obama? Obama walks into a bar and he's RETARDED."

    Except that would be funnier because I'm funny and that guy isn't.

    September 3, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Matt

    If ANYONE is special needs it's PALIN!!!

    September 3, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. Tom Leykis

    She is such an ignorant, uninformed, histrionic, shrill and irrational moron. It's just jawdropping how stupid she is. The fact that she draws such a "teabagger" crowd speaks volumes about them in that regard and their racism.

    September 3, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. WomensWorld

    That is why I dislike most republicans. They spew their talking points – for example "it is inappropriate to call someone retarded or special needs" – when the talking points can be directed at or self righteously critical of their political adversaries. But their own talking points are cast aside when there is every reason they could be directed at or self-righteously critical of whomever they feel is on their side. Their entire ideology is one-sided. Really a sick and hypocritical segment of our population. No joke.

    September 3, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. stacib

    McCain...How could you do this to us?

    September 3, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. works4me

    Hey...hey... Palin's OK with this type of "humor" .

    September 3, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Jana

    To attack a child because of the parent's political agenda is DISGUSTING. That poor child has no choice in the parent, diagnosis, etc. The world is becoming more and more sick each day. GET A GRIP PEOPLE!

    September 3, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Cielo

    I don't know... I've always found Palin rather retarded, backwards, "slow", "special needs", a rider of the short bus, mentally challenged, etc... She couldn't run a supermarket let alone the entire country.

    September 3, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Joshua Ludd

    So, to recap... people who don't support Palin can't say a word about special needs or autistic people... but anyone who does support her is free to.

    September 3, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Banderman

    "No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like - it was like Special Olympics, or something."
    —Barack Obama, making an off-hand joke during an appearance on "The Tonight Show," March 19, 2009 (Obama later called the head of the Special Olympics to apologize)

    September 3, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. Barada

    @Star, I'm not sure what Palin's family's tribal status is, but services by the Indian Health Service result from treaty obligations entered into by the Federal Government in exchange for Indian land.
    @Thinkagain, The Alaska Permanent Fund is not a redistribution of monies confiscated from citizens through taxation. Rather, it is money earned from the sale of natural resources that are owned by the people of Alaska. I think it is a good and fair program.
    You both need to find other examples to make your points.

    September 3, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. The Dude

    How does this stupid Cvnt plan on getting anywhere with just the support of 15% of the US voting population that believes her BS?

    September 3, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Derp

    What's the difference between Sarah Palin's mouth and vagina? All some of the things that come out of her vagina are retarded.

    September 3, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. denvervet

    Palin scares me to death........something wrong with that woman, why do we keep covering her? I can't put my finger on it but she is scary!

    September 3, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Joshua Ludd

    To paraphrase her catchphrase: She's not retreating, she is just retarded.

    September 3, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. John

    But its okay if they do it.

    September 3, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. Tim

    I hope Eric Golub gets anal cancer and spends the next 12 years in constant crippling pain. Or dies in a fire. One of the 2.

    September 3, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. jc

    One more time, the Quitter Governor is unelectable as POTUS. Not only did she quit the people of Alaska, her and her family benefit from Federal and State subsidies/entitlements, all the while bashing everyone else who benefits from programs paid for by others than herself. Anyone who supports her and anybody like her are hypocrites of the highest order. Pathetic to the bone.

    September 3, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. wildhorse

    i don't see palin donating ANY of that Massive amount of money she has to the "special needs" and would bet she prob. collects for Trig...Anyone know the facts about that?

    September 3, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. SS

    BTW conservatives you always wonder why you Hollywood is liberal? It's because no one on your side is talented, case in point "comedian" Eric Golub. Those jokes aren't shocking, they aren't edgy, they aren't funny just super lame.

    September 3, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. Sharp

    This is the true face of the Teabaggers. Murky anti-humanity philosophy; no entitlements, EXCEPT MINE; no help or pity for the weak & broken. TAKE A GOOD LONG LOOK. Then don't vote for these people.

    September 3, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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