Last week, the Dallas Morning News corrected some of the biography that Texas state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has shared on the campaign trail. The newspaper pointed out that Davis's second husband supported her and took care of the kids while she attended Harvard. Conservatives responded by calling Davis out for lying about her success story. Some called her a bad mom. Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah, was one of them.
In a blog post titled "Dear Wendy Davis, You Can Have a Job and Kids," Palin criticized Davis for leaving her kids:
Actually, [Davis] found a man to marry her, pay her way through college, and then through Harvard Law School. The day after he paid the last bill, she left him. By the way, she left her kids too.
Palin then compares Davis to Sarah Palin: "Gosh, children are sooo inconvenient, huh? I’m glad my mother didn’t put motherhood on the shelf when she was elected to City Council, then became our mayor, then Governor." And then, Bristol brings up her own experience as a teen mother (she had her son Tripp when she was 18. Davis had her first daughter, Amber, around the same age).
Let me be clear. I think it’d be so nice to have a husband take care of me, and my son, so I could attend school. (Any school — let alone, Harvard!) But the way Wendy Davis did it – by getting married and leaving him as soon as the ink dried on his last check – is downright pathetic.
Later, Bristol shared this meme on her Facebook wall, to really drive the point home.
Davis responded in an appearance on Fusion Monday evening. "With all due respect to Miss Palin, of course, nothing that was said in that tweet [Davis may not have read the whole blog post] is true," she told host Jorge Ramos. "I am very proud of the mother that I have been to my daughters. I have always been and will always be the most important female in their life."
It's interesting that one teen mother would criticize another for how she made it. Palin was launched (fortunately or unfortunately) onto the national stage when her mother ran for vice president of the United States in 2008, and since then, she's parlayed her fame into multiple reality show deals. Palin appeared in two seasons of Dancing with the Stars, as well as her own reality show, Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp.
Every mother has to make tough choices about how they'll raise their children and earn an income. According to Bristol Palin, Wendy Davis made wrong ones.
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