Young Turks host John Iadarola was visibly frustrated after watching former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) boast — incorrectly — that U.S. troops had wiped out the Nazis during her appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday.
“She was almost vice-president,” Iadarola pointed out to his co-hosts, after calling Palin the event’s “queen clown.”
During her speech, Palin drew applause from the crowd for a mocking reference to a State Department spokesperson’s remark last week that simply killing members of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group will not end their threat against the Middle East.
“They say we can’t kill our way out of war,” Palin said. “Really? Tell that to the Nazis. Oh wait, you can’t, because they’re dead. We killed them.”
Palin’s flip tone was not lost on co-host Jimmy Dore.
“Literally, they’re giggly over World War II,” he said. “It’s, ‘Ahhhh, f*cking killed them, yeah!’”
Iadarola and co-host Desi Doyen pointed out that, not only did Germany surrender to end the war — leaving many Nazis and their collaborators alive — but the U.S. worked with former Nazis to gain information.
“We could list so many facets of this, where she both doesn’t understand ISIS and also — perhaps more disturbingly — does not understand the war against Nazi Germany at all,” Iadarola said, arguing that Palin failed to comprehend the difference between fighting a political movement that took over a specific country and a “loose amalgamation” of terrorist groups working together in several countries.
“She doesn’t have any f*cking idea what the foreign policy is of ISIS,” Dore said of Palin. “She doesn’t have an idea of how to deal with it — ‘Barack Obama’s doing it? It’s bad.’ That’s all this is.”
The group then veered into comparing CPAC to perhaps its closest progressive equivalent, Netroots Nation, saying that the latter never made time for “crazy liberal stuff.”
At CPAC, Dore said, “they’re all trying to prove themselves to see who’s more conservative. At Netroots, they’re all trying to say, ‘Hey look, I’d like to be [more liberal], but I’m grown up, I’m in the middle. You gotta come to the middle, ’cause we need money from Wall Street.”