Donald Trump joins Sarah Palin in blaming her son's domestic violence on Obama

The party of personal responsibility once again denies any responsibility, personal or otherwise

By Scott Eric Kaufman
Published January 21, 2016 3:22PM (EST)
 Sarah Palin, Donald Trump (Credit: Fox News)
Sarah Palin, Donald Trump (Credit: Fox News)

In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon Wednesday evening, Donald Trump backed up Sarah Palin's claim that her son Track's domestic violence incident could be blamed on President Barack Obama.

"Look, you know, everything starts at the top and he’s the president. And I think you can certainly do that. From what I understand, they just -- and all you have to do is look at the Veteran’s Administration, look at the bad, the horrible care our vets get."

If the president were merely incompetent in his administration of the VA, that would be one thing, Trump said. "But I think it’s more dishonest than incompetent. You look at this is true all over the country, and I think it’s a good thing and you have to say ultimately, it’s the president’s charge, it’s the president’s responsibility."

"He has to make sure that Veterans Administration works," Trump continued, "but it doesn’t, our vets are being treated horribly."

How exactly this excuses the fact that Palin's 26-year-old son allegedly punched his girlfriend in the head isn't entirely clear, other than the fact that so many "sons and daughters ... are coming back from the Middle East where they have, you know, traumatic problems."

Watch the entire interview below via CNN.

Sarah Palin Blames Son's Domestic Violence Arrest on PTSD

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