Sarah Palin flaunted a tin of snuff earlier today shortly after taking the stage at the National Rifle Association’s conference in Houston. “Now I see that the mayor of New York wants to ban public displays of legal tobacco,” Palin said provocatively as she pulled the tin from her pocked. “Don’t make me do it,” she said as the crowd cheered her on.
Palin, who mocked New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg at February’s Conservative Political Action Conference when she drank from a Big Gulp soda during her remarks, served up a second portion for the gun-rights crowd today. ”It’s funny because Todd’s been looking for this all morning,” she joked as tapped the tin on her her fingers.
Bloomberg is calling for legislation that would require retail stores to conceal tobacco products like cigarettes from customers. The move is the latest in his broader health initiative, which also includes the ban on super-sized sodas that was struck down by a court earlier this year.
In her remarks, Palin went on to pay tribute to her hero, the late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, and to skewer the media for its failure to devote sufficient covererage the trial of late-term abortion provider Kermit Gosnell.
Palin, who addressed the crowd in a t-shirt that declared, in pink letters, “Women Hunt,” concluded, “Second Amendment rights, they’re personal to me.” “The nickname for Trig is ‘Trigger,’” she said, referring to her youngest child.