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Is Sarah Palin Trig’s Mother, Or Was ‘Birth’ Political Hoax?

December 6, 2008

This is a story that has percolated along over the months, accompanied with pictures that show a very slim un-pregnant looking Sarah Palin just weeks before her claim that she delivered a 6 pound baby that would be named Trig.  How she felt labor pains while in the lower 48, had her water break, boarded a plane for an 11-hour flight to Alaska when any hospital is equipped to handle births, is just weird.   Even for Sarah Palin.  Why Palin waited for more than an a day to get to a hospital (her account of the story) makes many wonder just what happened in Palin Land.  Was she ever was pregnant with this child?  And if not her, then where did it come from?  Her daughter?

This seems like a mirror episode from ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”.

The fact that this story was been talked about endlessly, given the bizarre nature of the events that led to Trig’s birth, and the lack of media scrutiny on what very well may have been the biggest political hoax on the American public, deserves attention.  Given that Palin seeks notoriety, this story is perhaps a way she can gain some more.

Andrew Sullivan, writing his column “The Daily Dish” in the The Atlantic has a sense of the outrage that more people should have over this matter. 

Actually, the Dish went out and interviewed eight of the leading obstetricians in the country and laid out all the facts of the case and asked the experts for their take. While none would say that this pregnancy could not have happened, and none would comment on a case they hadn’t examined personally, all of them said it was one of the strangest and unlikeliest series of events they had ever heard of and found Palin’s decision to forgo medical help for more than a day after her water broke and risk the life of her unborn child on a long airplane trip to be reckless beyond measure.

Malkin also equates the story with the Obama birth certificate affair. But we have documentary evidence of the certificate, and Palin has produced no hard evidence at all for her pregnancy. All that’s needed is some medical records of her pregnancy which, as a Down Syndrome pregnancy, would have a large pile of medical documentation easily released. There is no formal record of Trig’s birth at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, although there is a record of two other babies born on the same day.

Maybe I am crazy to even wonder. Or maybe we have witnessed one of the biggest frauds in American political history and the biggest failures among the American media in a very, very long time.

All I know is: the media refuses to ask and doesn’t want to know and failed to demand medical records. All I know is that some journalists – like the Washington Post’s Howie Kurtz – even tried to discredit the integrity of bloggers for asking. And yet in the campaign, the pregnancy and baby were offered at every moment as a reason to vote for Palin. If the Bridge To Nowhere is worth checking out, why aren’t the pregnancy’s bizarre details? Without the Down Syndrome pregnancy, Palin would not have had the rock-star appeal to the pro-life base that contributed to her selection. She made it a political issue by holding up the baby at the convention.

I do not know the truth and have never claimed that Palin is lying. I have always stated that bringing a baby with Down Syndrome into the world is a noble and beautiful thing. I have simply asked, given the implausible, if possible, circumstances, that a person running for vice-president provide some basic evidence for a very strange and unclear story. For a photograph of Palin pregnant with one of her previous children, see below. Compare and contrast. Remember that, as a general rule, pregnant mothers show more with each successive pregnancy. Remember also, as a general rule, that successive labors come more quickly. I think it’s time Palin’s doctor, Catherine Baldwin-Johnson talked to the press, don’t you think? And that the McCain campaign tell us exactly what they knew and asked all along.

  1. Joanaroo permalink
    April 12, 2011 6:11 PM

    Well, not that I give a flying leap, but I always thought Trig was Bristol’s kid and thought instead of Sarah using the kid as a pawn during her campaign, he should have been kept away from her political circus. The poor kid needed quiet and calm at home, as a baby, not to be used as a political tool.

  2. December 8, 2008 12:05 AM

    Here are two websites that are gathering information about the question of who is Trig Palin’s mother:

  3. dee permalink
    December 7, 2008 1:25 AM

    I talked to my husband about this tonight and we think she may have known the child was malformed and wanted to have the child die so not to burden the family with it. Harsh stuff for sure but then she also used the little cabbage patch doll for political purposes this fall. She is not above wanting the kid to not survive birth.

  4. Christine O'Meally permalink
    December 7, 2008 12:49 AM

    Honestly, I would think MORE of her for admitting the child wasn’t hers and she was trying to protect her daughter than I do of her putting herself and her high-risk unborn child in danger by

    1) Not seeking medical assistance as soon as her water broke, let alone postponing it ALL DAY so she could give a speech
    2) Taking an 8 hour flight back to Alaska and not informing the flight crew that she could go into labor
    3) Driving another 45 minutes to a podunk hospital with no neonatal intensive care unit instead of Alaska’s finest hospital in Anchorage, near the airport

    Saying, “I was trying to cover up my daughter’s pregnancy to save her embarrassment” is far more understandable than “I am an ambitious bitch who had to give a speech to further my career and give birth in Alaska so that all my children could be born there.”

  5. December 7, 2008 12:00 AM

    We talked about this at the office right before the election and did not hear anything about it. I ran into this post on google and really am concerned that given all we know about Palin that somehow a fast one was pulled, and while McCain looks like he fell for it I do not think the public should. So thanks for posting this and I hope that if more breaks you will update. I added the rss feed to my reader so I will get more if your post. Thanks.

  6. December 6, 2008 6:10 PM

    Why hasn’t Obama produced his original birth certificate? Both Obama and Palin could very easily put a stop to all of the speculation and rumors by producing legitimate, verifiable evidence.

    My view on both of these topics is the same. If we dig deep enough, we all (and especially public figures) have some aspect of our life that could be turned into a scandal. That includes Obama and Palin. I highly doubt that Obama faked his citizenship, or Palin her pregnancy. I understand they chose to entire the public spotlight, but at some point, people need to let famous and/or powerful people continue to be people.

  7. December 6, 2008 4:53 PM

    No, actually she did not release her records about this matter.

    (The GOP echo-chamber ends here.)

  8. December 6, 2008 4:28 PM

    Palin released her medical records during her campaign for Vice President.

    Do catch up.

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