White House to Palin: PTSD Not a Joke

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The White House has responded to Sarah Palin after she suggested President Obama is to blame for her son’s PTSD and domestic-violence arrest. “I don’t know if the president saw the remarks,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said during a Thursday briefing. “I can tell you that the reaction of some people is to make light of the rhetoric that we see on the campaign trail, particularly from Gov. Palin, but the fact is domestic violence is not a joke.” He added: “The issues she’s talking about are quite serious and certainly issues that we take quite seriously here.” During a Wednesday afternoon Donald Trump rally, Palin pegged Obama’s treatment of military veterans to her own vet son Track’s post-traumatic stress disorder and Monday arrest for allegedly abusing his girlfriend.