Sarah Palin’s family faced backlash last week after the former governor of Alaska posted a photo of her 6-year-old Trig standing on top of the family dog. The politician responded to criticism this week.
The picture showed her son Trig, who has Down Syndrome, standing on their dog Jill, which the family adopted over the summer.
[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Sarah Palin” author_title=”Politician and former governor of Alaska”]
Dear PETA, Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog… Jill is a precious part of our world. So is Trig.
In 300+ word tirade directed toward the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Sarah Palin complained about a “double standard” because she’s Republican, according to People.
Palin cited examples such as a similar photo posted by Ellen DeGeneres and the fact that President Barack Obama once admitted to eating dog meat while living in Indonesia as proof that she was singled out for not being a liberal, according to TIME.
PETA criticized Palin in a statement, saying she’s “bizarrely callous” and referencing a 2008 press conference when Palin spoke with reporters while turkeys were being slaughtered after she pardoned a turkey as Alaska governor, according to CNN.
Palin accused PETA employees of wearing leather and sitting in leather couches to imitate their “celebrity idols,” which seemed to especially irritate the organization. PETA issued another statement the following day saying it’s a vegan organization that sits on “pleather couches.”
PETA’s statement made a new dig against the politician, saying “Also, by the way, we just sent a case of vegan caviar to Vladamir Putin — and no, you can’t see his house from yours, Ms. Palin.”