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    Trig Is A “Prop” To Them Only Because They Don’t Like Seeing A Child With Down Syndrome

    Trig Is A “Prop” To Them Only Because They Don’t Like Seeing A Child With Down Syndrome

    The owner of Wonkette, Ken Layne, and Jack Stuef, the writer of the most recent in a long line of Wonkette hit pieces on Trig Palin, are hiding behind the “Trig as Prop” defense.  They claim that they mock Trig only because Sarah Palin uses Trig as a “prop.” 

    Here is a tweet by Wonkette (presumably by or with Layne’s approval):

    Here is Stuef’s recently posted “update” explaining his original post:

    UPDATE: I regret this post and using the word “retarded” in a reference to Sarah Palin’s child. It’s not nice, and is not necessary, but I take responsibility for writing it. For those who came and are offended by this post: I’m sorry, of course. But I stand by my criticism of Sarah Palin using her child as a political prop.

    –Jack Stuef

    This defense is nothing new.  Back in 2009 I documented how the “Trig as Prop” meme surfaced almost immediately after Palin was nominated.  I posted about this in It Always Has Been About Trig, including this quote from a self-described feminist:

    In addition to keeping Trig up all hours of the night so that she can parade him around a stage after a pitiful debate performance or speech, she’s decided to use baby Trig to get some lusty applause out of the audience, because, let’s face it, there’s nothing evangelical Christians love more than a developmentally disabled baby they can use to their own end.

    Isn’t this really what it is all about?  The folks at Wonkette and their compatriots don’t seem to mind photos of the Obama kids, or other children of politicians.  They don’t even seem to mind photos of the other Palin children.

    Trig alone has been singled out as a “Prop.”  It’s only when Sarah Palin treats Trig the way she would any of her other children that they are up in arms.

    I stand by my prior assessment:

    If Sarah Palin had aborted Trig, the left would have been okay with it. If she hid Trig offstage and out of sight, all would be good. But treat the child as you would any other child, and that cannot be tolerated.

    There is something about a Down syndrome child in plain view which has exposed the moral and emotional bankruptcy of the left-wing of the Democratic party. And they hate Sarah Palin because deep down, they hate themselves for being who they are.

    Ken Layne and Jack Stuef need to do some soul searching, and stop blaming Trig Palin and Sarah Palin for their own emotional shortcomings.

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    If I remember correctly, Mr Layne is the editor of "Wonkette". The site itself is owned by "Gawker". Nick Denton is the signer of the pay cheques.


    exodus2011 | April 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    There you go again Professor!

    Cutting to the chase in your succinct and devastating style ……

    Concerning the Left's rabid reaction to Gov Palin over her precious Trig, the exact same realisation has been swirling around in my mind too, and I was thinking about how to put it into words for a post of my own today …..

    Instead, I believe I will cut and paste your analysis and link your blog. (just love the clinical way you write …. using no more words than just those needed to fully communicate, *__*)

    I think the Leftists are tremendously fearful about the continued impact the Palin family (with Trig just there, being loved out front, like all the other children!) will have on the abortion debate in America. They have likely already seen the shift in the polls regarding the public being pro-life compared to pro-choice, with the numbers identifying as pro-life leading for the first time in a generation ….. and when did that shift happen? Why, right around Sep/Oct 2008 ……. hmmmm …. now I wonder what was going on in America at that time?

    The blogger site I bookmarked on May 17 2009, that displayed the graph indicating the poll shift, is now 'no longer available'. I'm sure the tracking of poll numbers on this issue can be dug up somewhere though.

    The Leftists are furious with Gov Palin because she has Trig with her whenever she feels like it …. just like her other children …. she loves him openly, just like she loves her other children openly …. they sense the impact such visuals are having ….. they are beside themselves with anger ….. desperate to stop Gov Palin's rise to even greater prominence.

    I actually wonder how far they will go in their effort to prevent Gov Palin possibly openly challenging POTUS for his job. Many of them seem to be quite irrational concerning this issue of Trig.

    @Minicapt – Gawker sold Wonkette to Layne in 2008.

    Here's a Huffpo article just last month celebrating (with lots of photos) President and Mrs. Obama with their daughters at political/diplomatic venues in Brazil.

    Keeping your children low profile and out of view is apparently only for the Palins.

    Props, eh? Obama held a PRESS CONFERENCE at Malia's birthday party in 2008. His kids were on stage all the time.

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