Bristol Palin: feminist hero?
The eldest daughter of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin broke her silence on Wednesday with a blog post about the role she played in a booze-fueled brawl last month at a house party in Alaska.
Bristol Palin had been accused by multiple eyewitnesses of repeatedly punching the homeowner, Korey Klingenmeyer, in the face. In the blog post, she said he had it coming, and that almost anyone else in her situation would be deemed a “feminist hero.”
Published two days after police released photos and audio recordings from the incident, her blog post explained that she hit Klingenmeyer only after being attacked by a man who she said towered over her.
The Palin family had largely remained silent as eyewitnesses came forward, with Sarah Palin making only one oblique reference to the allegations. Even after the Anchorage Police Department released its official report, there was no word from the family.
Bristol Palin’s post blamed the media for seizing on the brawl “like a dog that’s just been given a bone.”
“That’s why, after a month and a half of hearing rumors about myself and family, I’ve finally decided to comment about the situation,” she wrote. “Instead of listening to all the people who weren’t there — people who claim they heard this from their cousin/brother/sister-in-law/step-daughter/long lost little brother – let me tell you what actually happened.”
She wrote that the evening began with a surprise birthday gift for her father, Todd Palin, who turned 50 that day.
“Next to God, family is the most important thing to me,” Bristol wrote. She also included a video showing the reveal of the pickup truck the family surprised her father with.
Bristol wrote that the night took a turn for the worse at a party later in the evening, and that she had “retaliated in defense” against the homeowner — but only after a “guy in his late thirties or early forties got in my face.”
I was alarmed that things had gotten so bad so fast. But it got even worse when this guy started pushing me. He had his hands on me, pushing me down. That’s when I swung and hit his face.
Some would say I should’ve never retaliated in defense against him, but certainly he should never have pushed a girl. It didn’t phase him. He pushed me down to the ground and kept me there.
It was scary and awful. He held me down until someone got me out of the situation.
That’s it – that’s the story.
I didn’t “swing and hit him seven times with a strong right hook” as so many so-called news stories have reported. After this incident, I still had a perfect manicure on all ten of my nails. Plus – I’m left handed. I wouldn’t even begin to know how to begin “swinging” at someone.
Bristol went on to berate the media for ignoring a scandal involving the “real Vice President’s kid” — a reference to one of Joe Biden’s sons, who was recently discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserve for failing a drug test.
Bristol also said that if Chelsea Clinton had been in her shoes, the media would have “held her up as some feminist hero.”
But it wasn’t Chelsea.
It wasn’t Hillary.
It wasn’t someone they liked or someone they agreed with.
It was a conservative.
And once again, the hypocrisy of the media is laid bare.
“Violence against women is never okay,” Bristol wrote. “Even if that violence occurs against conservative women.”
In a second post, Bristol directly responded on Thursday to a CNN reporter who said “this is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across” when describing the tapes of Bristol’s interview with police.
“I’m not ever going to listen to the audio and relive those moments,” Bristol wrote. “But how can a reporter call this the best audio she’s ever come across?”
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This post has been updated.