By Sam Foster
Time to rehash the craziest Sarah Palin conspiracy ever:
The theory is that Sarah Palin is actually the grandmother of her purported son Trig, not the mother, and that she staged a gigantic hoax during the campaign to cover up this fact.
Professor Bradford Scharlott of Northern Kentucky University has looked into this story in detail and written a long academic article about it. He concludes two things:
• First, that the "conspiracy theory" is likely true--Sarah Palin staged a huge hoax, and, second,
• The American media is pathetic for not pursuing the story more aggressively
You really have to hand it to liberal bloggers in Alaska. Despite their abysmal record with respect to factual scandals; I mean there was the Todd Palin sex scandal that police said didn’t have “one scintilla of evidence, 19 bogus ethics complaints and Sarah Palin the book banner. Yet, the one most persistent scandal from Alaska liberal bloggers is that Bristol Palin, not Sarah Palin is Trig’s mother.
Liberals would wise not to trust Alaska bloggers based on their record, as conservatives ought to be wary about scandals started by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The whole linchpin to Trig Trutherism depends on one’s ability to look at photos and determine whether someone is pregnant. A dangerous expedition for any male, but while it sounds plausible. The thought that someone could make a proof-positive diagnosis of pregnancy based on look is a little more than silly given the fact that there are TV shows documenting instances where “showing” was not a pregnancy indicator.
The Discovery Channel, who has a show about how hard it can be to tell when you are pregnant cites the following reason for why some women don't show:
Women who are very active and watch their weight religiously may crank up their fitness routine and/or begin dieting when they notice a weight gain. Because of this, they may not gain weight as their pregnancy progresses.
It is well-known that Sarah Palin is an avid runner, she continued to jog when she was pregnant with Trig. But, the real death nail in the Trigg Truther coffin comes from real medical science. According to a medical journal, older women pregnant with a baby who has Down Syndrome, gains less weight during pregnancy.
Newborns with Down syndrome and their mothers differed from the comparison newborns on the eight confounders (Table 1). There were significant group differences in maternal age, maternal weight gain, birth order, plurality, marital status and newborn gender. Newborns with Down syndrome were more likely to be male, plural birth, and later born, and on average their mothers were older, gained less weight during pregnancy, and were more likely to be married.
While it is easy to show the absurdity of proof via photo, aka the same proof as the Loch Ness monster. It’s even easier to point out that Bristol was pregnant when Trig was born. Stacy McCain notes:
Such are the circumstances of the phenomenon commonly called “Irish twins,” two babies born to the same couple less than a year apart. But it is ludicrous to suggest that this could explain Trig and Tripp as both being Bristol’s babies: At a bare minimum, allowing just two weeks after an April 18 childbirth before she again ovulated, this would put the second conception date no earlier than May 2. A second baby born Dec. 29 would make the gestation period for Tripp just 241 days — more than a month premature.
How many 34-week babies weigh 7-and-half pounds?
However, Scharlott’s rabbit hole runs even deeper. He theorizes that Trig was born in January and then Sarah Palin staged what would have been his second birth in April. While brilliantly skirting the magnum opus problem of Bristol’s pregnancy, it does mean that the Palin’s were able to bribe or coerce not one but two different maternity staffs, which have magically remained silent this whole time.
That would be one amazing conspiracy to pull off given the number of doctors, nurses and staff needed to pull off the farce.
Yet while birtherism is considered crazy when even Michelle Obama is a birther, the Trig Truthers persist with an outlandish conspiracy that is easily debunked by the Discovery Channel.