Sarah Palin posted on her Facebook Tuesday that a pro-Obama super PAC that received $1 million from Bill Maher should return the donation for what she viewed as the TV comedian's offensive attitude toward women, calling him a rabid misogynist.
Pres. Obama says he called Sandra Fluke because of his daughters, wrote Palin. For the sake of everyone's daughter, why doesn't his super PAC return the $1 million he got from a rabid misogynist?
Palin was referring to the recent controversy over conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's comments about Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke, who spoke out in support of healthcare coverage for birth control. Limbaugh referred to Fluke a slut and a prostitute, though he has since apologized after a slew of sponsors pulled their advertisements from his talk show.
Obama called Fluke last Friday to express his support for her and thanked her for speaking out on the issue. At his White House news conference Tuesday, the president told reporters he was thinking of his own daughters when he called Fluke.
The reason I called Ms. Fluke is because I thought about my daughters, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way, Obama said.
And I do not want them attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens, and I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her, and that we want to send a message to all of our young people that being part of a democracy involves argument and disagreements and debate, and we want you to be engaged, and there's a way to do it that doesn't involve you being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you are a private citizen.
Palin said that in light of this professed concern for young women, echoing an argument previously made by Limbaugh, the pro-Obama super Pac Priorities USA Action should return a $1 million donation from Maher, who has referred to her as a c--t in the past.
To be clear, Obama did not directly receive $1 million from the organization, though Palin said that he got the money. Obama's re-election campaign operates separately from Priorities USA Action, and the president is not involved with running the organization. Regardless, Palin and Limbaugh think the money should be returned.
Maher responded to the charge that his previous remarks about Palin should be equated with Limbaugh's about Fluke.
This analogy breaks down in so many places, I can't even begin... said Maher on his HBO show. Let's just start with this, Rush--I don't have any sponsors, I'm on HBO.