On Monday, Trig Palin celebrated his third birthday. Trig, as many of you know, is the youngest son of Sarah and Todd Palin. He also has down syndrome.

Since Sarah Palin has come onto the national scene, as of several years ago, Trig has been subject to some vicious attacks. And on the occasion of his birthday, it was no different. On Monday, the snarky liberal website Wonkette “celebrated” Trig’s birthday by posting a malicious item about the toddler which left blogs like Newbusters and Mediaite reeling. The Wonkette item is titled “Greatest Living American: A Children’s Treasury of Trig Crap On His Birthday.”

Liberal Website Mercilessly Mocks Down Syndrome Suffering Trig Palin On His Birthday

From Wonkette, about Trig:

That strange man yelling unintelligibly at Sarah Palin? He’s merely a lowly shepherd proclaiming the birth of our savior. Today is the day we come together to celebrate the snowbilly grifter’s magical journey from Texas to Alaska to deliver to the America the great gentleman scholar Trig Palin. Is Palin his true mother? Or was Bristol? (And why is it that nobody questions who the father is? Because, either way, Todd definitely did it.) It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are privileged to live in a time when we can witness the greatest prop in world political history.

The Palins celebrated Trig’s birthday by posting a poem by “Lynda” about Trig on their website–which Wonkette includes in its post.

Sweet Angel Boy…

Oh, little boy what are you dreaming about
Candy canes and mom’s sweet hugs

Oh, sweet baby boy what are you dreaming about
Play cars…trains…planes and a daddy’s strong hands as he lifts you high and makes you laugh…oh, how safe you feel in those hands

Oh, little boy what are dreaming about
Sisters who play with you…and teach you new words

Oh, as you sleep little boy what are you dreaming about
A big bother that carries you on his shoulders…as he shows you the blue sky

Oh, little boy what are you dreaming about
A mother’s soft lullaby…the soft touch of her hand…the soft sound of her voice as she says “I Love You”
Dream on little boy as the Angels stand guard

The Wonkette blogger asks: “What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.”

Mediaite notes that Wonkette’s insulting jabs are the result of Wonkette’s annoyance with “Palin’s tendency to use her son’s disability as a prop or a strategic tool to help win favor and further her political career.”

Even so, Mediaite says that this is not an excuse to take aim at a young and innocent–disabled and vulnerable–child who never asked to be in the spotlight:

We know how we feel about it, of course. Going after Palin for (arguably) using her son’s condition to her advantage is one thing, but the post wasn’t simply insulting to Palin. (Or to the author of that… rather interesting bit of poetry.) It was insulting to a young child who, while now in the spotlight, never asked to be. So why criticize that which you hate by becoming a part of it?

Another Mediaite writer, White House reporter Tommy Christopher, went even further. Via twitter, he wrote, “Wonkette’s Reprehensible Birthday Greeting to Trig Palin is an Irredeemable Blight – I will never link them again.”

Newsbusters hit Wonkette hard, as well, calling the post “disgraceful.” Newsbusters asks the million dollar question: “What has become of today’s liberalism that makes it acceptable to attack the mentally handicapped if they or their parents are conservatives?”

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