Sarah Palin interview derails when she's asked about her son's arrest

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Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska bristled during a Monday interview on NBC's "Today" show when she was pressed about her provocative comments about her son's arrest and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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"You guys brought me here to talk about Iowa politics and the caucus tonight -- not to talk about my kids," Palin said. "And that was a promise. But as things go in the world of media, you guys don't always keep your promises, evidently."

Track Palin, a veteran who is Palin's oldest child, was charged last month in a domestic-violence case "in which his girlfriend said he punched her in the head and threatened to fire a rifle, court and police documents said," according to The New York Times.

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Track Palin, son of Sarah Palin during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 03: (L to R) Republican U.S vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holds her son Trig Palin as Track Palin, Bristol Palin and Willow Palin look on during day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, right, holds her son Trig, as she is joined by her family on stage after her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. From left are son, Track, daughter, Bristol and her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, daughters Willow and Piper and husband, Todd. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Track Palin, left, and Piper Palin, the children of Sarah Palin in the crowd during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, talks to Col. Edward Daly, deputy commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska, and Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, right, during a deployment ceremony for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. Palin's son Track Palin is a members of the brigade being deployed to Iraq. ( AP Photo/ Al Grillo)
Republica vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaks during a deployment ceremony for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska Thursday Sept. 11, 2008. Palin's son Track Palin is a member of the brigade being deployed to Iraq. (AP Photo/ Al Grillo)
NBC NEWS -- 2008 Republican Convention: Day 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Presidential nominee John McCain, Levi Johnston, boyfriend of Bristol Palin, Track Palin, Willow Palin, Piper Palin, Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and (in back) Todd Palin holding son Trig Palin, after Sarah's address to the audience during the 2008 Republican Convention in St. Paul, MN on September 3, 2008 (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
US Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin (R) stands on stage with family members after addressing the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 3, 2008. From L-R: son Track, daughter Bristol and her boyfriend Levi Johnston, daughter Willow with Palin's last-born Trig, Piper and husband Todd. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 03: Track Palin sits with Willow Palin while holding Trig Palin on day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 03: Track Palin, Bristol Palin, her boyfriend Levi Johnston, Willow Palin, Piper Palin, husband Todd Palin and Republican U.S vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holding Trig Palin stand on stage during day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will accept The GOP nomination for U.S. President Thursday night. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Track Palin, the eldest son of Alaska Gov. Sara Palin. On Friday, August 29, 2008, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain chose the Alaska governor as his vice presidential running mate. (Photo by Photo courtesy of the Alaska Governor's Office/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images)
WASILLA, AK - JUNE 15: Sarah Palin chats with son Track at community park function on June 15, 2002 in Wasilla, Alaska. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate at a campaign rally August 29, 2008 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Robert A. Baker/Getty Images)
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Palin alluded to the arrest at a January rally for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

The 2008 vice-presidential candidate, who endorsed Trump in this year's race around the same her son's arrest became public, referred at the rally to the "elephant in the room" and what she said her family was going through "personally" before suggesting that PTSD was to blame. Some veterans criticized Palin for promoting a stereotype of the dangerous veteran.

"It's a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question if they're respected anymore. It starts from the top," Palin said at the rally. "The question, though, it comes from our own president, when they have to look at him and wonder, 'Do you know what we go through?'"

During her "Today" interview on Monday, Palin said she wasn't blaming President Barack Obama with her comments.

"What did I say that is offensive?" she said after host Matt Lauer asked whether she regretted what she said at the Trump rally.

"I don't regret any comment that I made because I didn't lay PTSD at the foot of the president," Palin added. "I did say, though -- and suggested very adamantly -- that there is much more that our commander-in-chief could do to prove that he respects our troops and let them do their job."

Palin further criticized the hosts for not having her exact quote.

"If you guys have a specific quote, it allows the media to be more credible," she said.

Lauer then told her that that his show had never promised to avoid asking about her son's arrest.

"In terms of credibility, I just want to make sure: There were no specific promises made about the content of the interview," Lauer said. "Only that this would be your first interview since you endorsed Donald Trump."

Palin replied:

Well, I was told that this interview is about the caucus tonight in Iowa. And right on, who will it be to put America back on the right track and restore constitutional government that we are lacking today and that we so need? And I said, 'Right on, let me go talk about that. Sure.'

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