Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin defended the arrest and suspension of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student from Texas, after he brought a homemade clock to school.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, Palin said the initial reports about Mohamed and his clock were “fishy,” and concluded with “Right. That’s a clock, and I’m the Queen of England.”
She posted pictures of pencil boxes “laying around the Palin household” comparing them to an image of Mohamed’s clock.
The former vice presidential candidate also took this as an opportunity to criticize President Barack Obama — this time over his tweet inviting Mohamed to the White House.
The former governor listed other cases of students who have been disciplined for bringing squirt guns to school, chewing a pop-tart into the shape of a gun or forgetting to remove ammo from their cars before coming to school, asking why none of them were invited to the white house for their “innocent actions.”
She linked to a post by her daughter, Bristol, that says this is something Obama should stay out of because it “encourages more racial strife that is already going on with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ crowd and encourages victimhood.”
Palin agreed, saying Obama’s “practice of jumping in cases prematurely to interject himself as the cool savior, wanting so badly to attach himself to the issue-of-the-day, got old years ago.”
She added that his actions, including when he said Trayvon Martin could have been his son, are “about as presidential as his selfie stick.”
But Palin ignores the point that police knew Mohamed’s clock wasn’t a bomb and arrested him anyway, as well as the decision not to charge Mohamed, which came three days before her Facebook post. She consistently spells his last name incorrectly and refers to him as “an evidently obstinate-answering student.”
Mohamed, however, said he insisted his invention was a clock and never told anyone it was a bomb.
She and her daughter have also missed the point of Obama inviting Mohamed to the White House, ignoring the problems of racism or Islamophobia in this country.