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.
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.