May 3rd, 2013
06:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin fires up NRA crowd, hits Obama for using Newtown families

(CNN) – Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for "exploiting" recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda.

Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs.

Palin, wearing a shirt that read "Women hunt," was one of several speakers at the NRA gathering who targeted the Obama administration and some lawmakers for wanting tighter firearm restrictions after the Newtown elementary school massacre.

In the days leading up to the Senate's April 17 vote on gun control proposals, the president invited families of Newtown victims to fly on Air Force One to Washington and lobby Congress.

Newtown families also participated in media interviews and appeared in an ad made by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the pro-gun control group co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

When the upper chamber ultimately fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass a bipartisan compromise to expand the background check system, some of those family members stood behind the president not long after the vote as he chided Capitol Hill for what he described as a "shameful day in Washington."

Palin argued the president was practicing the "politics of emotion" by "flying in grieving parents on Air Force One, making them backdrops in his perpetual campaign-style press events."

Par for the course, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee faulted the media for being a "reliable, poodle-skirted cheerleader for a president who writes the book on exploiting tragedy."

Politics of emotion, she argued, won't make the country safer. "It's the opposite of leadership. It's the manipulation of the people by the politicians for their own political ends. It's not just self-serving. It's destructive and it must stop."

Charging the president with being disingenuous in the wake of the shooting was a running theme throughout the day at the NRA. Palin added Obama was ignoring another tragedy.

"We could use a bit more emotion by the way of what goes on every single day on the streets of cities like Chicago and New York," Palin said.

Speaking of New York, Palin took the opportunity to take a swipe at Bloomberg, a mayor she has vehemently opposes for what she describes as his nanny state politics. In her last big speech at a major conservative gathering in March, Palin made headlines for sipping a "Big Gulp" on stage, a knock against New York's ban against certain large sugary drinks.

"Now I see that the mayor of New York now wants to ban public displays of legal tobacco products," she said, referring to his recent push to keep tobacco products out of sight at stores in order to de-glamorize the product.

"I tell ya," she said, as she pulling out a pack of chewing tobacco. "Don't make me do it."

With the crowd roaring, she put the pack back in her pocket.

"It's funny because Todd's been looking for this all morning."

Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA • Sarah Palin
soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. Joe

    I'd tap that.

    May 4, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. John R. Grace

    It saddens me that America is so in love with a culture of guns and violence that a piece of virtually meaningless legislation cannot be passed. How many must die before action is taken???

    May 4, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    yea, because president bush never played up emotions in order to get his agendas pushed through. Oh wait, having family members of people killed in 9/11 stand behind him in press conferences while he spoke about America striking back and entering into Iraq and Afghanistan totally qualify as "politics of emotion."

    May 4, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Amber

    Right, because George Bush having family members of people who died during 9/11 stand behind him while he talked about the need to enter Iraq and Afghanistan to hunt terrorists and Bin Laden's weapons of mass destruction TOTALLY doesn't count as "politics of emotion."

    May 4, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. Macxmas

    I love Sarah Palin, it's amazing that you have the nerve to criticize her when the current Vice President is a total buffoon! Sarah would have been an amazing Vice President . she told every one that there are death panels in Obamacare right off. she was right.

    May 4, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Truthurts

    Sarah Palin is a woman of true class and intelligence. Those without it don't recognize it. Kinda sad

    May 4, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Draeggo

    Lots of anti-gun people showing a very vicious nature here and other places where folks dare to disagree with them. Are all anti-gun folks crazy mad like this? Whats the difference between the two camps if both are nothing but simple minded haters?

    May 4, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. pigkiller

    Gee whiz, it sure seems like a lot of the respondents have their little panties in a bunch over a woman speaking her opinion. But then, of course, if you don't hold their opinion you better not have one. I'll just bet a lot of these people are prestigious graduates of the Pol Pot School of Government. Re-education camps anyone? In my humble, soon to be excoriated opinion, they have just proved why the protection of the second amendment is so important.

    May 4, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. potvin99

    As long as Palin keeps making liberal heads explode I'm happy to keep hearing from her.

    May 4, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. Lola

    There is a saying that I think goes like this: if you don't for something, you'll fall for anything. Society has "fallen" for Barack. It will be the loser. At least Sarah stands her ground.

    May 4, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  11. Lola

    Correction. If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything....

    May 4, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. Shayna

    May the next child killed with a gun purchased without a background check be one of yours.

    May 4, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. Tony Torres


    May 4, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. brian ager

    It is awesome to see all the posts that the Boston bombers should have hit this convention. If someone made the same comments about a Planned Parenthood clinic you would all be writhing in liberal pain. The fact that the unqualified community organizer has no ability to lead this country escapes you. Like her politics or not, this woman held an executive position and little o is not fit to carry her lipstick.

    May 4, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. Alice

    I like Sara Palin. I like all of you too. It would be nice if everyone would look behind what people say and would pay attention to what they do. Research and think. Research and think. And remember to go outside of your box when you research so that you get the whole picture. Please, start thinking...before it is too late.

    May 4, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  16. GFH

    Big Gulps? Chewing tobacco? She couldn't make it as a politician, so now she's a prop comedian.
    Keep it simple for the simple-minded.

    May 4, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  17. Michael

    Sarah=box of rocks.
    Isn't it what you are doing Sarah?
    For the idiots in the NRA?
    Wonder how much she was paid by the NRA but holes?

    May 4, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Not a fan of her at all, but I can say when I read a post saying the bombers should have targeted that instead of Boston....thinking any target no matter if you like or dislike the views is an ignorant post. Perhaps you should really think about your thought process.

    May 4, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. Pres

    NRA is NOT representative for our gun rights.

    May 4, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  20. David

    Why is this even news? She is a quitter who resigned half way through her governorship. I don't even know who the Republican party is any more. I was a Republican, but now they seem like an extreme group of crazies. What happened to the Republican Party that I used to know?

    May 5, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  21. Jack

    Egotistical, Self-Absorb what more can you say! She helped lose the election for John McCain. Will no one in the Republican Party see that! She and Michelle Bachman are a embarrassment!

    May 5, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  22. Bubba Johnson

    What a bunch of girlie-girls on this comments area. Never saw a bigger bunch of haters. You pseudo-intellectuals are hilarious, at best. Make fun of the pretty lady from Alaska – hahahahahaha. Ooooh, what a macho bunch. If it were lefty and the right made these comments, on my goodness – THE WAR ON WOMEN CONTINUES!!!!! Grow up d-bags. Put your big boy pants on and do something constructive for once in your lives. You wouldn't know common sense if it bit you on the butt (though you'd probably dig it anyway.) OK haters, start hating.

    May 5, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  23. Melvin Painter

    The joke is the kenyan clown who increased our National debt to $16 Trillion+, did nothing for our ambassador while his chosen muslim ones killed him and three others, sold guns to the mexican drug cartels, and wants to make every city a mexican slum.

    May 5, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  24. TheTraveler

    Well, well, well. All we need now is a guest appearance from Michelle Bachmann and a lecture on morality by Mark Sanford ...

    May 5, 2013 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  25. american

    you tree huggers,Sarah rocks.a down to earth average person really freaks you morns out. get a grip and welcome to the real world.

    May 5, 2013 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
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