The former governor of Alaska said animal welfare group Peta had failed to censure Ellen DeGeneres and Mayor Bill de Blasio for animal-related lapses
Sarah Palin fired another shot in her unlikely war of words with the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) on Monday, accusing it of hypocrisy and asserting that liberals feel no compunction about attacking even special-needs children and puppy trainers.
Palin and Peta are at odds over a photo posted on the former Alaska governor’s Facebook page , which shows her six-year-old son, Trig, who has Down’s syndrome, stepping on the back of the family’s service dog, Jill Hadassah, to reach the kitchen counter.
“Kiss my okole” was Palin’s Hawaiian-tinged response to criticism from Peta and angry online onlookers. She alerted readers to what she sees as the true obsession of such critics: “They’re attacking me because, well, I’m me.”
“Where have [Peta] been all these years?” Palin asked in a statement to NBC News , before suggesting the activists were hypocrites for having praised public figures previously accused of malfeasance toward animals.
First, Palin repeated a charge about Peta’s 2009 Woman of the Year , comedian Ellen DeGeneres, over a photo of a toddler standing on a dog that appeared last year on the Facebook page for her TV show and about which Palin said Peta had not passed comment.
Then, Palin turned to New York’s mayor, suggesting “maybe they were off moose hunting when their Man of the Year, Mayor Bill de Blasio, dropped and killed a critter at a political photo op”.
During last year’s Groundhog Day ritual, a groundhog named Charlotte wriggled from the grasp of a man later named Peta’s Person of the Year for 2014 , and fell several feet. About a week later the rodent died of internal injuries , though a zoo spokesman said veterinarians did not believe the new mayor’s poor handling killed it.
Palin also continued to make much of an anecdote included in Barack Obama’s autobiography, in which the president says he ate dog meat as a child in Indonesia. Palin said: “Who knows what they were doing when their Man of All Time, Barack Obama, admitted to actually eating dog, and enjoying it!” Elsewhere she said, again, “at least Trig didn’t eat the dog”.
Obama’s only description of dog meat in that book is that it was “ tough ”. He has never been named Peta’s Man of All Time.
Jill Hadassah would have bitten Trig right in the okole and taught him another life lesson, Palin said, if the dog had not enjoyed its brief experience as footstool. That lesson, the one-time vice-presidential candidate said, was a paraphrase of lyrics by pop singer Taylor Swift: “You don’t stop moving and baby you just shake it off.”
Finally, Palin leveled her gaze at ideological opponents beyond Peta: “It’s so revealing that the Political Left knows no bounds as they attack [Trig] and now even good, selfless supporters and trainers at the Puppy Jake Foundation .
“We either accept their attacks as stumbling blocks, or see them as stepping stones to make a point about truth. Ironically, Peta has made my exact point I wrote about in my New Year’s Resolution.”
In Palin’s original post, she wrote that Trig had “made his stepping stone” when he encountered the “stumbling blocks” of an oblivious mother and a “lazy dog blocking his way”. She herself has transformed certain stumbling blocks – including an aborted gubernatorial term and a failed run for the White House with John McCain in 2008 – into a lucrative career as a political pundit and reality TV star.
Other stumbling blocks have proven less amenable to profit, such as an investigation into ethics violations and a recent Palin family brawl “involving alcohol” , a “stretch Hummer” and various family members “shirtless” or “out of control” .
On Sunday, Peta’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, said in a statement that the group “simply believes that people shouldn’t step on dogs, and judging by the reaction we’ve seen to Sarah Palin’s Instagram photo, we’re far from alone in that belief”.
On Monday, a spokeswoman, Moira Colley, relayed to the Guardian Newkirk’s comment about Palin’s new missive: “Zzzzz …”
Palin, on the other hand, found meaning in her fiery politicization of some comments beneath a Facebook photo.
“We just proved the haters’ double standard nonsense,” she said, “and, thus, their irrelevance.”
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