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. Tony

    NRA meeting, now this is the place that the Boston Marathon Bombers should have hit, the world would be better off without these dumn-asses.

    May 4, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. dee1030

    This woman makes me sick at her grasp for attention. She is nothing but a blubbering gibberish speaking idiot pandering to a bunch of idiots.

    May 4, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    ha ha ha She looks like she's been rode hard and put up wet.

    May 4, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. rs

    If the personage of Sarah Palin is something that "fires up" or in anyway actually represents the NRA and gun owners in general- they become the very best argument for registration, background checks, ammo and clip limit, and insurance. Little miss "second-amendment solutions" is very representative of the anti-American Conservative movement. Some of these folks should be in Gitmo, not promoting public violence.

    May 4, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. mountainlady

    Sarah Palin is a national joke. It's completely unsurprising that an organization such as the NRA would think she has any credibility. She is a good speaker, I agree, but she's a snake oil salesman.

    May 4, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. rickinmo

    @Jacob Ransone–Palin has no potential. She is an ignorant woman who knows nothing about world affairs, history, or any other subject required of a statesperson. Her only talent is making stupid statements to incite other stupid people. She talks about what goes on on the streets of major cities every day and she does not see the connection to gun control legislation. No one in our government is the least bit interested in taking guns away from hunters. They are interested in taking guns out if the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. How does our government achieve the goal of taking guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill when Conservatives in congress block any sensible action to achieve this goal? There is no accountability for gun owners or gun sellers. No requirement to keep records and no background checks for an industry that seeks only profit from the sale of products designed and sold specifically to kill. The first responsibility of the government is to protect its citizens. Look at any other industry. There are rules and regulations in place to protect the public. Now, look at the gun industry. Why does an industry who produces weapons designed to kill not have equal accountability?

    44% of Republicans believe that there will be an armed conflict within our own country. Any person who believes that he can go against the government of the United States with a gun does not possess the mental capabilities necessary to own a gun. And, these are the people the Republicans represent. The stupid, the ignorant and the people easily swayed by Sarah Palin.

    May 4, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Jane

    It's telling that Ms. Palin doesn't recognize that "using people for political/financial gain" is EXACTLY what she's been doing since 2008 – raking in huge sums of money selling snake oil to the uninformed and stoking up all the irrational fears of the scary black man. If she believes all this, she's an idiot. If she doesn't, she's a manipulative, money-grubbing hypocrite. You decide.

    May 4, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Larry L

    @Jacob Ransone

    "I keep waiting for her and the staff that assist her to work up a series of speechs on public employee unions and the outsized payments and benefits public employees have extracted at the taxpayers expense."
    "Governor" Palin and "Mayor" Palin were public employees paid for by the taxpayer. "VP Candidate" Palin made a financial killing during and after that debacle. "Fox News" Palin got canned for being a moron – even by Fox News standards. She now sells books and speaking engagements based on distortions, overly-simplified solutions to complex problems, and mindless sound-bites designed to pander to the under-educated right-wingers. I wouldn't count on her as your messenger.

    May 4, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Jane

    @DogWithoutSlippers: Aw, so cute, that you really believe that! Sarah Palin (and the Tea Party in general) wouldn't throw water on you if you were on fire, unless you forked over some cash first. Sarah Palin is a grifter, a hypocrite and a Really Bad parent. How's that for some truth telling?

    May 4, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. MrsJohnGault

    Gov Palin speaks the truth and the lefties heads explode! Palin haters are such a hate filled bunch. STOP attacking her personally. If you have a problem with the substance of what she said that is one thing, but the personal attacks make you look ignorant and bitter.

    May 4, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    No one is stopping her from being an intellectual. Is it possible she is NOT invited to highly intellectual debates?

    May 4, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. 2012liberal

    Who exploting who when wayne lapeir talks about bostoniest? When parents of newtown go 2 capital hill on their own AND stand out front of convention it's not 'exploting'.

    May 4, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. bro

    Really pathetic, what a waste of time and talent

    May 4, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. schm0e

    it's worse: they exploit tragedies that they create.

    May 4, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Kate

    Why isn't this woman president instead of the loser we have now? It's all McCain's fault she didn't get elected.

    May 4, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. boyscout

    I remember in high school theire was that one or two or so girls that wanted so bad to fit in and be liked or whatever they would say or do anything you wanted them to or whatever they thought would get ppeople to like them. Sarah palin is one of those girls. She does not think for herself in any way shape or form.

    May 4, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin for President! Time to put patriots back in Washington!

    May 4, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. noseitall

    Democrats are incensed that they are no match for Sarah Palin, the NRA, the Second Amendment and freedom. They must feel like real pansies for losing to this lady.

    May 4, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. noseitall

    Liberals must feel punked because they cannot defeat Sarah Palin, the NRA, the Second Amendment and freedom.

    May 4, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Al

    Give the poor girl a little slack. She does know how to get a lot of the good old boys excited. She has proven she knows how to make a lot of money without getting laid. Beside that, she can see Russia from her house.

    May 4, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Dan

    About the only people that care what Her Royal Vapidness has to say is the brain dead gun fetishe crowd.

    May 4, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. frboothe

    Today's NRA is the old west equivalent of Tombstones cowboys, laughing and swaggering, incapable of rational thought, running amok in the town. They don't care that the majority want change. They whine about the government taking their guns...hogwash with a capitol laws won't prevent shootings...duh and double duh, did you flunk logic or what? With that reasoning we should just a abolish all criminal laws because they don't prevent the crimes from happening. They didn't learn from the last election. And some democrats have allowed themselves to be bullied by the ceegar chomping town is useless to condemn them because they indulge in the same sociopathic thinking the original cowboys did...

    May 4, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. frboothe

    Oh yeah, Sarah was mentioned in this article...the saloon dance hall girl...

    May 4, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. us_1776

    GOP just keeps on ignoring the American people.

    This time, by a huge margin, the American people support putting some kind of common sense REAL background checks with waiting periods around the right to own a firearm.

    And the GOP just cozy's up to one of its favorite lobbyists, the NRA.

    All future massacres will be on your hands, GOP.


    May 4, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    What the heck happened to this woman? The shrill bight pitch screaming voice was bad enough but wow!
    If anyone has exploited everything is this h o who took her fifteen minutes of fame and made money from it. Nobody wants her anymore but she is still talking stupid to her brainless crowd.
    Does she also think she should have flown on Air Force One and not the parents od those poor little children?
    Why is she still talking!!! Keep up with the smokeless tobaccobecause that is so classy. Maybe that will finally shut you and your eunuch husband. Mouth cancer is not pretty.

    May 4, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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