Bristol Palin And The Culture Of White Violence
[su_right_ad]Since initial reports of a “dogpile” brawl involving members of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s family emerged last week via Amanda Coyne, nobody has been fleshing out the details of the incident like TPM‘s tireless Josh Marshall.
And he has spoken to yet another witness who is saying that Bristol Palin went medieval with her fists:
Roberta Thompson spoke to TPM by phone from her home in Alaska. Until now, her husband, Eric Thompson, has been one of only two people to go on the record about what took place at the Sept. 6 house party in Anchorage. (Eric Thompson has said he was later fired from his job for speaking to the media.)
The melees at that night’s party have led to an ongoing police investigation and reports that Sarah Palin’s husband and son were injured while tussling with other party guests before the family was kicked out of the house.
“It was just so shocking,” Roberta Thompson told TPM.
She mostly confirmed what her husband told multiple news outlets last week, saying that the two of them were right next to each other during the incident. But she provided her own take on how the events unfolded, including a portion that she said involved the eldest Palin daughter, Bristol Palin, and the owner of the house, Korey Klingenmeyer.
“What I saw was two girls run past and run towards Korey,” Roberta Thompson said. “And then I just saw Bristol Palin start punching him in the face.”
“It was quite, quite violent,” she added.
She said Klingenmeyer was clearly upset about what was happening but maintained his composure.
“She kept punching him and then he just said, you know, ‘You need to go,'” Thompson said.
Where does Bristol get the idea that it is acceptable to commit what looks like criminal assault? Did her reality-show-celebrity mom intercede at all? Well, Scott Conroy says yes — she was cheering on her rioting offspring:
Sarah Palin was yelling a lot, reminding the guys that were fighting with Track that her son is a veteran.
— Scott Conroy (@RealClearScott) September 13, 2014
[su_r_sky_ad]So was Lee Harvey Oswald, come to think of it.
But I digress.
While Josh Marshall snarked late last week about a “White Culture of Lawlessness, Violence”…
“It’s something to hear when Sarah screams, ‘Don’t you know who I am!’ And it was particularly wonderful when someone in the crowd screamed back, ‘This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!'”
… he was in fact on point. The entire Palin brood stands revealed as steeped in a culture of assault-friendly permissiveness pervasive among white Americans who reject reason, tolerance, and empathy in favor of promoting themselves as vicious animals, supporting torture as government policy and free access to weapons of war in our streets, and flaunting stretch Hummers as a symbol of status and power.
Bristol is just taking after, and adopting the violent values of, her lily-white mom.