Sarah Palin recently criticized PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor for her comments about paralyzed GOP House candidate Madison Cawthorne who stood up from his wheelchair at the Republican National Convention.
Alcindor claimed that Madison Cawthorn’s move was a “direct rebuke” to athletes protesting police brutality.
Sarah Palin responded, “It was incredible to see someone like Madison Cawthorne who has overcome so much at a young age have the decency and strength to stand for our country last night.”
Palin added, “How dare Alcindor belittle anyone who has overcome so much and still stands with pride. Mocking those with special needs and disabilities is truly the lowest of lows. She should be ashamed.”
Alcindor tweeted: “Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem.”
The tweet continued: “It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl – including black athletes who are currently sitting out games – protesting police brutality.”
As reported by the Daily Mail, “Cawthorn, who was left paralyzed and in need of a wheelchair after a car accident in 2014, ended the speech by dramatically rising from his wheelchair and standing with the aid of a walker while reciting lines from Pledge of Allegiance.”
During his speech, Cawthorn urged Americans not to “cower to a mob” and to “kneel before God but stand for our flag.”
As he rose from his wheelchair, Cawthorn said: “Be a radical for liberty and be a radical for our republic for which I stand, one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”
Cawthorn, who is 25 years old, made national headlines in June when he unexpectedly beat real estate agent Lynda Bennett, who was reportedly backed by President Trump, and won the Republican nomination for former House Rep. Mark Meadows’ seat.
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During his speech on Wednesday, Cawthorn hit out at those rioting in the wake of the police shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as well as the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in custody in late May.
Twitter users across the nation lambasted Alcindor for her nasty remarks.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Why isn’t she being called to be fired for this comment on a handicap person in a wheelchair?’
Derek Utley tweeted: ‘No. It showed he had courage to stand in adversity.’
Another Twitter user compared Cawthorn to former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
‘No, Yamiche got it wrong,’ tweeted the Twitter user.
‘A man with no feeling in his legs was able to literally stand for something he believes in. You could see it was a struggle.
‘If you watch Ken Burns’ doc about the Roosevelts, Democrat FDR struggled to stand and walk while stricken with polio. Study.’
Wrote another Twitter user: ‘Imagine thinking that a disabled person standing is an insult to disabled people.’
Another Twitter user commented: ‘Of course the national anthem and the American flag are a rebuke to those, like BLM, who’ve declared themselves enemies of the US and all for which it stands.