Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), spoke with ABC News' "Good Morning America" in a recent interview, explaining her philosophy on defending her mother from verbal attacks.
The question was prompted by a notorious exchange between Palin and a bar patron at a California establishment last year. The man, Stephen Hanks, reportedly referred to Sarah Palin as a "f---ing devil" and said she "deserves to die."
Palin engaged Hanks, asking him to elaborate on his comments and eventually questioning if he hated her mother because he was a "homosexual," which earned her some criticism and accusations of being homophobic.
The encounter took place during the filming for her reality TV show, "Life's A Tripp," and will reportedly air during one of the first episodes.
Palin explained to "Good Morning America" why she got in the altercation in the first place.
“I think if someone's going to talk poorly about my mom, I am going to pick and choose my battles and a battle like that, I chose to confront him and see what the real problem was,” she said. “I’m excited for viewers to see the real me in that, because I’m sitting there all tough and shaking and I’m acting tough and instantly when it’s over, it’s like, ‘OK, there’s the real Bristol,’ because I am calling my boyfriend, I’m calling my mom. ‘Ah, get me out of here,’ like, people are going to see the real Bristol in this show.”
Palin went on to say that she was just a "grounded, normal mom," and that her character would show through in the series.
"Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp" is set to debut June 19 on Lifetime.
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