Responding to the Viral Sensation, Loving my Brother

I’ve been totally blown away by the responses to my post below, which went viral beyond my wildest dreams. Hundreds of thousands of people have read the post, and it’s been shared – at the time I write this — 88,000 times. Thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting. I received over 1,700 comments, and I’d like to take a moment to respond to some of them. The comments basically fell into one of three categories:

Category 1: “I hate you.”

Example: “JLE” at 7:52 am on March 20:

Bristol Palin you have some nerve President Obama does not owe you anything your a nobody, a young loose cow with kid!!!!! You and your mom are true idiots your Alaskan Hillbillies so go back in your igloos stay out of the public eye we are tired of your UGLY FACED YOUR SON TOO& BROTHER TOO!!!!

At first, the Patheos moderators weren’t letting these types of comments through, but we decided to let you have at least a glimpse of the things people say about my family. (We still don’t approve the dozens and dozens of truly obscene rants. This is a family blog after all!) You can see that Bill Maher is not some lone comedian with a unique perspective on us. Rather, he taps into something evil and dark that resides in the hearts of many people who hate our family. Even after so many years, I’m still a little surprised when people make fun of my little brother. They, however, can’t silence me or my mom. In fact, they motivate the to keep speaking. Evil can’t win!

Category 2: “You’re comparing apples to oranges.”

Example: Donna Hess wrote at 1:14 am on March 20:

Bull, a comedian pretty much can say what they want. Limbaugh actually represents the Republican Party. They pay him. Obama has nothing to do with what Bill Maher says it is his opinion.

Bill Maher is much more than a comedian. He’s a big-time political player who hides behind the “comedian” label whenever he gets criticized. His guest list represents a huge chunk of the Washington establishment and sometimes even includes prominent Republicans. And as I said in my original post, he’s put himself straight in the middle of presidential politics by giving $1,000,000 to President Obama’s SuperPAC. Bill Maher isn’t just some guy behind a microphone in a seedy comedy club in the middle of nowhere. He’s a comedian and political commentator like Rush is an entertainer and political commentator. He’s a little bit less popular, but his professional failure compared to Rush doesn’t make him any less accountable for his vile speech.

Category 3: “We love you!”

Example: most of the other 1,700 comments – thanks!

I think the reason my blog post struck such a chord is that people are fed up with the double standards in this country. The very people who call out for “civility” in our conversations ignore the hatred that spills out of their friends, allies, and million-dollar donors. However, most people have shown such an amazing amount of support to my family over the years, and we are so thankful to have gotten to “meet” you… even if it’s just in the comments section below.

Thanks so much for talking with me here at my blog. It won’t always be political, but sometimes I have to speak out!

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  • Lisa

    Stay strong Bristol and God Bless you and your Family!!

  • Jan Sheffield

    Hey there Bristol! I am so very sorry that you have to be exposed to the slime of America on you very own blog. Hatred isn’t a family value…if you know what I mean! I love that you aren’t afraid to get out there and face the enemy. Know that those wicked ones are in the minority! I have a lot in common with your family! Right after your mom accepted the VP spot I actually got custody of my granddaughter that was born out of wedlock. I am glad that your family is ‘REAL’ and can relate to what goes on out here in the heartland! God bless you and your family! We love you and pray for you all the time! By the way, my girl knows who you and your mother are. I am raising her right!

  • http://www.ak365.blogspot.com LisaJ

    The people who leave the mean and ignorant comments, the ones who make fun of your little brother….they do so because they have nothing intelligent to say. They have no facts to debate with you, no knowledge of what is really going on, so instead they draw on the false information the media puts out and spout ridiculous torments and remarks that one might find on an elementary school playground.

    As for the picture of Trig, oh my goodness!! He is getting SO big and what an absolutely adorable little guy he is! What a wonderful addition to the world he is, thanks so much for sharing this snapshot with us.

  • Sue Peterson

    Bristol, You are a young woman who should be commended on your strength and courage. I have said to my husband as well as other’s…..God had a hand in John McCain choosing your mother, most of us had never heard of Sarah Palin until that day when she was announced as VP candidate…….and even though it didn’t turn out the way we had hoped…..your mom is a voice and she speaks the truth that the left does not want to hear. I cannot believe the cruel things that have been said about your family and little brother…just keep on doing what your doing…who knows maybe you will one day be president !!!

  • Tammy

    ‎”Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” (C. S. Lewis)

    Bristol, You (and your mom!) have courage in spades!!! So proud of you for fighting the good fight!!! God bless you and yours!!

  • Carol Leonard

    You are a inspiration and breath of fresh air just like your momma!!! Prayers for civility during these very trying times. Sure would be nice if the President of these United States got off his political pulpit and took a stand for you, your mom and the other women who have been spoken to or about in such vile manner…$1m is holding him back…just saying. God bless you and your beautiful family.

    • Sweetpea

      He has. Many, many times. Where have you been?

  • speppers69

    That is SUCH an adorable picture of Trig! As the auntie of a special needs nephew I understand the cruel and hurtful things that people say. And I have SEEN some of the AWFUL things that people have said about you and Trig and your family. I am so glad to see you standing up for your little brother. If it keeps one person from saying something vile and mean then it will have done its job. Let’s hope that it does. The world would be a much better place if it did.

    • L3

      Trig looks just like her doesn’t he!

      • Bryan

        l3 your a idiot!!!

      • Patriot

        That made me laugh so hard vodka almost came out of my nose.

  • Donna in NY

    I knew from the moment this blog began last week that it was going to be GOOD! Thank you Bristol for giving us a different perspective into the lives of you and your awesome family.

  • Claudia

    onderful Bristo, keep up the good work….May GOD BLESS you & your family.

  • Judy

    Bristol – you are one of the strongest young ladies I have come across. I’ve never met you but I have read your book and have followed your family since 2008. Keep up the good work – stay strong. There are more of us out here that fall into #3 than there are in #1 or #2.


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