Sarah Palin slammed President Barack Obama Friday afternoon, telling attendees at a Donald Trump rally that it was a “stupid” decision to visit Hiroshima ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.
“Stupid is thinking that it’s OK on Memorial Day Weekend for the Democrat leader to take another U.S. apology lap,” Pain said in a rambling San Diego speech. “This time, this time dissing our vets. With claims of the greatest generation were perhaps perpetuating the evil of World War II.”
Obama on Friday paid tribute to the “silent cry” of the 140,000 people killed by the world’s first atomic bomb attack and sought to renew attention in his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons, as he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima.
He did not, however, apologize for America’s decision to drop the bomb on the Japanese city.
Nevertheless, Palin — a Trump surrogate — characterized Obama’s speech as one filled with apologies and lies.
“Our commander-in-chief suggesting, actually lying in suggestions, to the world that we were wrong to prove to the world that we would eradicate evil in World War II. That America was wrong to respond to unprovoked, deadly attacks on Pearl Harbor that killed thousands of Americans,” she said. “That our troops were wrong to end the war that we didn’t start.”
“No, our president today, overseas suggesting what? That we were to prolong the horrors that our troops, our POWs, our MIAs — and their own civilian, their own civilian rapes and massacres,” Palin continued. “And those death marches! That they were all to just march ahead without us doing anything about it?”
“No, stupid is supporting that warped view by supporting today’s candidates who would shine the boots of a president, a party leader, who would show up this week in Hiroshima, instead of Pearl Harbor, to memorialize the Americans who lost their lives in defense of freedom,” she added.
Obama is scheduled to host a Memorial Day breakfast at the White House Monday. Later in the day, he is set to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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