Updated Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, 8:10 a.m. EST: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Track Palin, eldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, allegedly broke into his parents’ home and beat up his father.
According to a police affidavit the Times acquired, the confrontation began when Track returned to the family home in Wasilla, Alaska., to pick up a truck. The report indicates that Track’s father, Todd Palin, told his son not to enter the home because Track was under the influence—a mix of alcohol and pain medication. Enraged, Track insisted on entering and threatened to “beat his [father’s] ass,” according to the report.
The confrontation escalated when Todd met his son at the door with a pistol. At one point, the Times reports, Track “pleaded with his father to shoot him,” but the elder Palin refused. The 28-year-old Iraq War veteran then broke a window, entered the family home and began beating his father, according to court filings.
Sarah Palin called the police at 8:30 p.m. When police met Track at the home, he reportedly called them “peasants” and told the cops to lay down their weapons. Eventually they took him into custody (what a world, indeed).
Track Palin remains in police custody on $5,000 bail. No word yet on whether the Palins will blame Barack Obama for this, too.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s eldest son, Track, was arrested on domestic violence charges Saturday. While it’s still unclear exactly what happened, Reuters reports that the 28-year-old was arraigned over the weekend for felony burglary, misdemeanor reckless assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief. (On the final count, online court records show that he caused up to $500 worth of property damage.)
The charges all involved domestic violence and stem from a single incident in the Palins’ hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.
This is the second time in two years that Track Palin has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. As the Los Angeles Times reports, court records from 2016 show that he was “suspected of punching his girlfriend, who then became concerned that Palin was going to shoot himself with a rifle.”
Palin took a plea deal following the abuse incident that led to some of the charges being dismissed. He ended up pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. The case was resolved in a special veterans’ court, according to Reuters.
Palin’s girlfriend later filed for custody of their child, and in January of this year she asked for a protective order against him.
Sarah Palin has blamed
Trash Track’s violent run-ins with the law on post-traumatic stress disorder (he served in Iraq). Sarah even used Track’s repeated violent behavior to question whether there was enough support and respect for military veterans while she was campaigning for Donald Trump last year (some military vets were absolutely not here for her scapegoating).
Of course, Sarah Palin’s compassion is nothing if not convenient. She has long boasted about being tough on crime, advocating giving criminals “tougher, defensible sentences.” Her son, meanwhile, never got charged in a 2014 drunken brawl that involved other members of the Palin family.
And Sarah Palin’s concern about support and respect certainly doesn’t extend to people of color: She has unapologetically referred to Black Lives Matter protesters as “thugs” and “rioters.”
As of Sunday afternoon, Track Palin was still being detained at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer, Alaska, multiple outlets report. The Palins have asked that “the family’s privacy is respected during this challenging situation just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request.”