Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin has never been shy about her unfavorable opinions regarding President Barack Obama.
Her Friday criticism may strike some as odd, however. In a Facebook rant, Palin called the Harvard Law-educated president a “special kind of stupid” in all-capital letters. Palin was apparently upset about Obama’s efforts to enact gun regulations in the wake of the most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
“OBAMA IS A SPECIAL KIND OF STUPID,” she exploded. “Enough is enough, Mr. President. There’s no due respect’ due you after pulling this stunt.”
Obama’s “stunt” was, in her mind, a call to ban high-capacity assault rifles like the one used by Florida shooter Omar Mateen. While visiting Orlando in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting this week, Obama spoke of the families of the victims, according to an Independent Journal article Palin linked to.
“Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons, should meet these families and explain why that makes sense,” Obama said. “Why is it they think our liberty requires these repeated tragedies? That’s not the meaning of liberty.”
Palin continued her rant, which veered into an anti-Muslim tirade.
“Exploiting a sick, evil, ideological-driven attack on Americans to further your twisted anti-Second Amendment mission is disgusting,” she wrote. “Today you’re demanding an explanation’ from law abiding gun owners, but not demanding the same from followers of Islam, the religion behind this terror? If the demented Orlando terrorist doesn’t represent all Islamic followers, then why do you insinuate he represents all gun owners?”
In the article Palin linked to, it’s clear the president is talking to lawmakers and lobbyists and makes no comparison between the Orlando shooter and “law-abiding gun owners.” He calls for accountability from legislators who blocked background checks after the massacre of school children at Sandy Hook.
“And why, after any shooting, do you always want to take away firearms from the innocent people who didn’t do it?” Palin rants. “Forget your asinine gun control, do your job and engage in Islamic terrorist control. Yes, it’s a special kind of stupid to demand we explain ourselves. But if you really want them, get ready for our explanations. Here’s mine.”
She then links to the Journal article, which makes no mention of Obama wanting to take guns away from “innocent” gun owners, but instead discusses his visit to Orlando where he talked about the need to enact legislation that will stop mass shootings.