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. Behjat

    You really didn't expect an intelligent person, who can say anything worth listening, to speak at the NRA meeting, did ya?she is stupid, but clever at the same time. She finds groups who oppose background check for two reasons, to speak to, and laughs at them all the way to the bank. Some are not intelligent enough to understand the second amendment, and the other group will pay and listen to anybody who bad mouth, mr.Obama. I cannot believe that she actually thought, she had a chance of being elected in 08, and even more unbelieveable, that there are people, who think, she should run for president. What a joke!!

    May 5, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  2. bOB

    wow! Lot's of folks don't like Palin, fer sher. But it is clear that most of 'em are pretty much sold on Socialism and don't have the sense God gave geese. Of course Obama should be called out for exploiting these families. She makes it pretty entertaining. And when you Liberal dipsticks get all nasty because she peed on your parade it is even more entertaining.

    May 5, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  3. Eric

    Palin & NRA. Perfect (mis)fits for each other. Now, leave the rest of the country alone. It will do very well then, thank you.

    May 5, 2013 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  4. richard garcia

    NRA is the reason I renounced any affiliation with the Republican party. Can someone tell me what world they habitate, because it is for sure they do not understand the present world we live in. Mrs Palin you are the one reason I voted democrat in the last elections. You have no idea what it is to hunt. You sit behind a desk and not in a war zone. the war zone we are fighting out there in the streets were the demented and criminals are better armed than our courages citizens who honor the true colors of our nation. The Republican party lost the true menaing of life a long time ago and every day they get farther away from the truth, Today I am ashamed to be part of the human race where money is worth more than a human life.

    May 5, 2013 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  5. richard garcia

    I think maybe the best thing that we should do is put it to a vote in the next elections. This would be the most responsible thing to do, let the nation VOICE be heard throughout the nation by the duty of the voter's right.

    May 5, 2013 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  6. navaJohn

    I still can't get over the fact that John McCain chose her as a running mate in 2008. He's the one that let this numskull out of the bottle. Can you imagine her a heartbeat away from the presidency? Only Michele Bachman could have been a worse choice.

    May 5, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  7. Open-minded Liberal

    Karen503, "sensible gun laws"? What's so sensible about disarming the American public? Maybe if the teachers and Principals were armed, you wouldn't have any more children of leftist families like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, or the son of Democrats like Adam Lanza. That's what the Israelis do....oh, wait, lefties hate Israel as much as they hate guns...nevermind.

    May 5, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  8. Jakartaman

    I really get a kick out of all the socialist elitist on this Liberal blog trashing a patriot and women who has more gonads than all of them. Shame on her for standing up to the commie in the wh and all his sheeple who are on the progressive plantation.
    When Fema is leading these excuses for Americans into the camps they may wish the did not surrender their 2nd amendment rights

    May 5, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  9. Bobby in SC

    9 out of 10 negative comments about Sarah Palin on this thread.Not attacking what she said but attacking her personally and the stereotype of her that the media and those on the left seem to be obsessed with.That tells me she is doing something right and has won the argument once again.Thanks to all the posters here who continue to sound foolish in trying to win an argument by defaming someones character.Try bringing the facts next time and maybe your opinion wil be heard 😛

    May 5, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  10. kogk1943

    The more I read the hateful libturd posts here I realize I need more ammo. You libturds are a sick pathetic bunch of yam-bags. The Islamists, "militias", Communists, neo-Nazi's. . . . are not the REAL threat to this Nation. The REAL threat are the elitist, hateful, statist, mentally ill. . . . libturd swine. I rest my case on the hateful posts exhibited here by the libturd butt-clowns. Bring it on.

    May 5, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  11. logicnothuff

    Palin is Betsy Ross on steroids.

    May 5, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  12. TSB8C

    I would love to go hunting with her.

    May 5, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  13. Roger

    Sarah Palin as a keynote speaker suggests an audience with a collective IQ in the lower quartile.

    May 5, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  14. Irving

    Don't worry, folks, the liberal diatribes posted her are just canned comments from people paid by Soros and Moore to say ignorant things.

    May 5, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. Anonymous

    smart thing someone said. put it up for vote get a life. look what happened the last vote we got Qbama if you talk to 100 people no one voted for him so what would happen if it was put up for a vote . it would not be an honest outcome. FORGET THE VOTE.!!!!

    May 5, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. katahdin

    To be fair, Palin would know about using people as props.
    Her favorite props are the ones she gave birth to.

    May 5, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. W.G.

    Have you ever noticed how Sara Palin is always on the WRONG side of the debate ?
    The Newtown survivors and their families SOUGHT OUT Mr. Obama for help . Palin
    lost her contract with FOX so I guess since she´s to old for POLE DANCING , going
    around the country and lying for a living is her only option against getting a real JOB !

    May 5, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. MiBigAl

    Just change the E to an A and the H to a C and the t-shirt would be worded correctly. But I will have to admit she is extremely skilled at keeping herself where we can all see her whether we want to or not. Maybe she should run for president (of the NRA) cuz they deserve each other, but the rest of us don't.

    May 5, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Anonymous

    I hope she continues to make such speeches and gimmicks...I am sure it will help the NRA as much as it helped her inept run at politics.

    May 5, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Donkey Party

    It takes a special kind of weak-minded idiot to be a Palin worshipper, and many of them are posting here now. Wanna know what's wrong with America? Sub-humans like Palin and the trash that support her / it.

    May 5, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Carol

    Once again Palin has nothing to say. She only demonstrates her obsession with Obama and will go to the lowest points to criticize him. If Obama had ignored the Newtown victims she would have criticized that. For Bobby in SC: Defame Palin's character??? She does that all by herself.
    It has been 5 years now and I am still waiting for her to say something intelligent.

    May 5, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Deni

    The Queen of Crosshairs is desparately seeking relevance by spouting the ignorant diatribe of the extreme-right WHICH includes CHANGING THE TOPIC ONCE AGAIN. Somehow a little more paperwork and additional safeguards for background checks in infringing your right? Please. That's total crap. Is it because you can't read or write? The ignorance and stupidity of right-wing gun fanatics that listen to this imbecile is surpassed by how unAmerican they truly are. But the funniest thing is this .... Queen C, the NRA, and extreme right elite will take your last dime and laugh all the way to the bank because you were the "tool" they used to drive THEIR agenda. HA! This is a side show to deflect your attention while they rob you blind. Eric Cantor is proposing a bill to do away with overtime pay for hourly wage workers so that means most of the US. Ignorant right-wingers will never learn to pay attention to what their role models are really doing. They don't give a good damn about your rights and they never will but they do like your money and they especially like it when it's theirs.

    May 5, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Carol

    Palin and NRA: Domestic Terrorists.

    May 5, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. JC

    Smoking is the #1 risk factor for bladder cancer. No one talks about this, but it's true. Bladder cancer is expensive, painful, and often involves ostomies. Chewing tobacco is a risk for disfiguring oral cancers. The Republicans love to talk about personal responsibility, but they seem to think that gulping sugary sodas, smoking, and chewing tobacco is somehow patriotic. They love to talk about self-sufficiency until THEY are faced with medical bills from cancer.

    May 5, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. carol

    This is the woman that put Gabby in the crosshairs. She has no shame and needs to go away. Some people like Palin, Sheriff Joe, Gov Brewer are only smart enough to make sure they are the center of attention.

    May 5, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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