The latest video on Sarah Palin’s eponymous online network was billed as a rebuttal to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) Netroots Nation speech, but some of Palin’s points were just too incoherent to follow.
In the video posted Friday, Palin responded point by point to eleven “commandments” that Warren outlined in her speech to the progressive confab last month. Warren’s sixth point, that fast food workers deserve a living wage, drew so much scorn from Palin that she stumbled over her words a few times.
“We believe — wait, I thought fast food joints — don’t you guys think that they’re like of the devil or something?” Palin said. “Liberals, you want to send those evil employees who would dare work at a fast food joint that you just don’t believe in — I don’t know, I thought you wanted to send them to purgatory or something. So they all go vegan. And wages and picket lines, I don’t know, they’re not often discussed in purgatory are they? I don’t know, why are you even worried about fast food wages? Well, we believe — an America where minimum wage jobs, they’re not lifetime gigs, they’re stepping stones to sustainable wages. It teaches work ethic.”
The former Republican vice presidential nominee had an equally rambling rebuttal to Warren’s final assertion that “women have a right to fight for their bodies.”
“We believe women have a right to their bodies, just like babies have a right to their living, breathing bodies nestled in a mother’s womb,” Palin said. “Hey, and anyone who wants contraception, more power to you. Continue to freely buy any kind you want, no one’s stopping you. We’ll fight for the right of private businesses, including Hobby Lobby, to work with you, figure out health care coverage yourselves any way the owners of those businesses — that they built themselves — any way they want to.”
Watch the clip on fast food wages below. Full video of Palin’s response is here.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.