Some are calling out Sarah Palin over meme they say 'demeans' people with Down syndrome

Some people are calling out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for an Instagram meme they believe “demeans” people with Down syndrome.

On Monday, Palin, whose 10-year-old son Trig has Down syndrome, posted a meme suggesting that Democrats are viewed as bratty children, amid protests against Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault, and his nomination to the Supreme Court.

The meme set up a contrast between how protesters think they appear and how they really come off, and it included photos of a crying boy with Down syndrome.

Palin didn’t outright identify the boy in the photo as Trig; if it is, she may simply have intended to show her child having a typical meltdown. One person, who defended Palin’s post, wrote, “That’s her kid, she doesn’t look at him as disabled. She was just making a point [about] people acting like little kids!” Another person wrote, “She can’t show a picture of her own son crying like a baby? … All I see is a little boy fussing in a store.”

But several accused the mom of mocking people with the genetic disorder. One person wrote: “Why would you compare this to your developmentally delayed son? What is wrong with you?” Another commented, “This is a disgrace and demeans all developmentally disabled.” And another wrote, “I love you Sarah but I don’t get it.”

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PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 22: Politician and conservative activist Sarah Palin holds her son Trig Palin as she attends a rally for the Tea Party Express national tour October 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The tour, part of an initiative to get conservatives elected to the House and Senate, will move across country and conclude on November 1, 2010 in Concord, New Hampshire the day before the contentious mid-term elections. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin carries her one-year-old son, Trig, as she arrives at Barnes & Noble at The Villages, Florida, Tuesday, November 24, 2009. (Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 22: Politician and conservative activist Sarah Palin holds her son Trig Palin as she waves to supporters during a rally for the Tea Party Express national tour October 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The tour, part of an initiative to get conservatives elected to the House and Senate, will move across country and conclude on November 1, 2010 in Concord, New Hampshire the day before the contentious mid-term elections. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
NBC NEWS -- Republican Presidential Campaign -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Piper Palin, Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and husband Todd Palin holding Trig Palin at a rally in Tampa, FL on October 26, 2008 -- Photo by: Sue Kroll/NBC NewsWire
NBC NEWS -- Republican Presidential Campaign -- Pictured: Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin holding son Trig Palin speaks to a crowd of supporters in Lancaster, PA on October 18, 2008 -- Photo by: Susan Kroll/NBC NewsWire
NBC NEWS -- Republican Presidential Campaign -- Pictured: Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin holds son Trig Palin while she speaks to an overflow group of supporters outside the Dover High School auditorium in Dover, NH on October 15, 2008 -- Photo by: Sue Kroll/NBC NewsWire
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 02: Sarah Palin, Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, takes her son Trig as she stands on stage with her husband Todd, and their children Bristol and Piper following a debate at the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. The much-anticipated duel between Senator Joseph Biden and Govenor Sarah Palin produced no fatalities, or even flesh wounds. Viewers of last night's vice-presidential debate hoping for an on-air flameout by Palin were disappointed. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin carries her son Trig as she deplanes at Lambert Field airport in St Louis, Missouri on October 02, 2008. The Alaska governor will face-off with her Democratic counterpart Delaware Sen. Joe Biden at the Vice-Presidential Debate at Washington University later today. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin carries her son Trig, 5 months, as she is joined by her family during her arrival at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, Friday, September 19, 2008. Palin will rally with supporters in The Villages, near Lady Lake, Fla., on Sunday. (Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 04: Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate, holds her son Trig as she attends day four of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. Senator John McCain of Arizona, Republican presidential candidate, accepted his party's nomination during his speech tonight. (Photo by Keith Bedford/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Sarah Palin, vice-presidential nominee, holds Trig, her last-born, as husband Todd looks on at the Republican National Convention 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 03, 2008. White House hopeful John McCain's vice presidential pick Sarah Palin was to made her high-stakes debut at the Republican party's convention in a pivotal speech that could make or break the Republican ticket in its battle against Democratic foe Barack Obama. AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 03: Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and vice presidential running mate of Senator John McCain of Arizona, Republican presidential candidate, holds her son Trig after speaking on day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. The RNC will run until Sept. 4. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Sarah Palin, US vice presidential nominee (L), holds her youngest son Trig, on stage after her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 03, 2008. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 03: Republican U.S vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holds her son Trig Palin on stage 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 Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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It’s doubtful that Palin meant offense — in August 2017, she slammed reports that Iceland was “close to eradicating Down syndrome” due to frequent genetic screenings that often resulted in terminating pregnancies after a positive test for the genetic disorder. And in 2015, she threw support behind a bill that would ban abortion based on a child having Down syndrome.

“I don’t think because the child has one extra chromosome they should be able to snuff that life out,” Palin told CNN. Speaking of Trig, she added, “There is some fear there of the unknown. Certainly, there was fear in my heart about how in the world are we going to be able to handle the challenges up ahead, not necessarily thinking of the beauty that could come from a child being different, being unique.”

Palin also criticized a 2010 episode of Family Guy for a character with Down syndrome that said, “My dad’s an accountant, and my mom is the former governor of Alaska.” In a Facebook post, Palin called the cartoon a “kick in the gut” and included a statement from her daughter Bristol Palin, which read, “People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you’ll ever meet. Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them?”

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Sarah Heath (Palin) pictured in her 1982 Wasilla High Yearbook. On Friday, August 29, 2008, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain chose Sarah as his vice presidential running mate. (Photo by Anchorage Daily News/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images)
In this 2007 file photo Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is interviewed in her downtown Anchorage office. On Friday, August 29, 2008, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain chose Palin as his vice presidential running mate. (Photo by Stephen Nowers/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - SEPTEMBER 05: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin prepares to speak at a Tea Party Express rally on September 5, 2011 at Veteran's Memorial Park in Manchester, New Hampshire. The rally is part of the 'Reclaiming America' bus tour traveling through 19 states and visiting 29 cities before arriving in Tampa, Florida for a presidential debate co-sponsored by CNN on September 12. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - NOVEMBER 3: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican Party of Florida's fundraising event at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort on November 3, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. About 800 people attended the fundraiser to listen to Palin speak, along with Governor Rick Scott and the Attorney General Pam Bondi. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)
In this file photo from 1984 Sarah Heath, now Sarah Palin, as Miss Wasilla. On Friday, August 29, 2008, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain chose Palin as his vice presidential running mate. (Photo by Anchorage Daily News/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent time getting her message out on ACES during a community briefing at the Loussac Library in Anchorage on October 14, 2007. On Friday, August 29, 2008, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain chose Palin as his vice presidential running mate. (Photo by Jim Lavrakas/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 26: Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and her husband Todd attend Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin, center, talks with Ermalee and Wally Hickel at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday, August 22, 2006. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images)
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GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Sarah Palin is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' 11/17/15, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin addresses a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people gathered for the rally, organized by the Tea Party Patriots, which featured conservative pundits and politicians. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SAN PEDRO, CA - MAY 16: Sarah Palin attends the SEAL-NSW family foundation 2nd annual dinner gala at USS Iowa on May 16, 2015 in San Pedro, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 26: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit September 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Family Research Council (FRC) hosting its 9th annual Values Voter Summit inviting conservatives to participate in a straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 26: U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (L) attend a campaign rally at Pima County Fairgrounds on March 26, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Palin traveled to Arizona to stump for McCain, who is facing a primary challenge in his bid for a fifth term in the Senate. Today's event marked the first time the pair had campaigned together since their failed 2008 presidential run. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 08: Conservative pundit, television personality and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gestures as she leaves the stage during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord International Hotel and Conference Center on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference, a project of the American Conservative Union, brings together conservative polticians, pundits and voters for three days of speeches and workshops. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) walks onstage to speak at the 2014 Values Voter Summit September 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Family Research Council (FRC) hosting its 9th annual Values Voter Summit inviting conservatives to participate in a straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit September 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Family Research Council (FRC) hosting its 9th annual Values Voter Summit inviting conservatives to participate in a straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit September 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Family Research Council (FRC) hosting its 9th annual Values Voter Summit inviting conservatives to participate in a straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit September 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Family Research Council (FRC) hosting its 9th annual Values Voter Summit inviting conservatives to participate in a straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 29: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 29, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Members of the Republican Party are scheduled to speak at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference, which hosts 1,500 delegates from across the country through May 31st. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 08: Conservative pundit, television personality and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord International Hotel and Conference Center on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference, a project of the American Conservative Union, brings together conservative polticians, pundits and voters for three days of speeches and workshops. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 29: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin looks on after speaking during the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 29, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Members of the Republican Party set to speak at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference that runs through through May 31 and will attract over 1,500 delegates from across the country. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 08: Conservative pundit, television personality and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord International Hotel and Conference Center on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference, a project of the American Conservative Union, brings together conservative polticians, pundits and voters for three days of speeches and workshops. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 08: Conservative pundit, television personality and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord International Hotel and Conference Center on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference, a project of the American Conservative Union, brings together conservatives, polticians, pundits and voters for three days of speeches and workshops. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 10: Sarah Palin and Sportsman Channel host breakfast during the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 03: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves before speaking during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. More than 70,000 peope are expected to attend the NRA's 3-day annual meeting that features nearly 550 exhibitors, gun trade show and a political rally. The Show runs from May 3-5. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 16: Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 16, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union held its annual conference in the suburb of Washington, DC to rally conservatives and generate ideas. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
BELLEVILLE, MI, - JULY 14: Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate speaks at a 'Patriots in the Park' Tea Party rally at the Wayne County Fairgrounds July 14, 2012 in Belleville, Michigan. The event was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity: Michigan and the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus. (photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 11: Former Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin walks onstage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, on February 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Thousands of conservative activists are attending the three day annual gathering in the nation's capital. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 11: Former Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, on February 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Thousands of conservative activists are attending the three day annual gathering in the nation's capital. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
INDIANOLA, IA - SEPTEMBER 03: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks to supporters during the Tea Party of America's 'Restoring America' event at the Indianola Balloon Festival Grounds September 3, 2011 in Indianola, Iowa. Yesterday Palin attended a Conservatives4Palin event. She is scheduled to speak at another Tea Party event in New Hampshire on Monday. The stops continue to fuel speculation that the former governor will run for president, a decision which she said she would make by the end of September. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - SEPTEMBER 05: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks during a Tea Party Express rally on September 5, 2011 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Hundreds of people attended the rally that is part of the 'Reclaiming America' bus tour traveling through 19 states and visiting 29 cities before arriving in Tampa, Florida for a presidential debate co-sponsored by CNN on September 12. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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