cupWASHINGTON, D.C. – Sarah Palin brought down the house without saying a word.

The former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate came to the Values Voters Summit in Washington Friday to deliver a speech, but she may have spoken volumes with a simple, silent gesture.

Offering the gesture to the commander in chief on behalf of all Americans who support the military, Palin suddenly stopped speaking and raised a Styrofoam cup in a mock salute.

It was a satirical critique of President Obama’s Sept. 23 salute to Marines with a Styrofoam cup in his hand. The moment was captured in a photo that prompted criticism from many who found the informality beneath the commander in chief.

Palin’s gesture followed a rebuke of the president’s supporters.

“Leftists used to rail against big government and the man. Now, they are the man,” she said.

She noted leftists fiercely opposed President George W. Bush for going to war, but “Barack’s bombs? They’re the bomb.”

The former governor told the audience she was “speaking to the most slandered group in America,” one that had to defend itself against “the disgusting charge of racism.”

Palin said the left can’t defeat traditional-values voters with arguments, so they change the subject.

She questioned the wisdom of hurling the racism charge against voters who support such figures as Ben Carson; former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.; and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Still, she charged, “They scream racism just to end the debate.”

But it isn’t working, she claimed, because “the media’s favorite president, he just can’t stop telling lies.”

Palin cited the recent example of Obama’s claim that the ISIS jihadist army, which now calls itself Islamic State, “is not Islamic.”

“You know who that is news to?” she asked. “The Islamic State.”

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