Todd Palin filed for divorce from Sarah Palin after more than 30 years of marriage


Have you guys ever sat down and done a rewatch of Game Change during the Trump presidency? It’s a f–king trip. It makes me actually MISS the glory days of “gotcha journalism” like “which newspapers do you read?” Sarah Palin was the dumbest vice presidential candidate ever, and she ran proudly on ignorance, racism and hypocrisy and karma biting her almost immediately. Sarah Palin was and is the saddest clown. After the 2008 election, Palin f–ked off back to Alaska where she remained as governor… until she quit. Then she tried her hand at reality stardom, shady abuses of campaign financing and word salad spinning. The last we heard from Palin, she was too griftery and stupid for a position in the Trump administration and she wasn’t even invited to John McCain’s funeral last year. Well, something happened – Todd Palin has filed for divorce.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Todd Palin are splitting up after more than three decades of marriage, PEOPLE confirms. According to court filings first spotted by the Alaskan media, 55-year-old Todd filed for divorce from Sarah, also 55, on Friday.

He cited “incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife,” according to a copy of his divorce complaint, dated Aug. 27.

The divorce records, which have been reviewed by PEOPLE, lists the plaintiff and defendant only by their initials — T.M.P. and S.L.P. But Todd’s middle name is Mitchell; Sarah’s is Louise. The listed birthdates for both parties also match the Palins’ birthdates, and the filing lists their same marriage date and the birthdate for Trig. He is seeking joint custody of their 11-year-old son, Trigg, according to the complaint, and fair division of their assets.

A listed attorney for Todd didn’t immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment; neither he nor Sarah immediately returned messages. The two eloped in 1988 and have five children together. Sarah, elected as governor in 2006, left office three years later after joining Sen. John McCain‘s ticket as a vice presidential candidate in his unsuccessful run for the White House. She later became a reality TV star.

[From People]

So much for the sanctity of marriage and all of those homespun churchy values. I always assumed that Todd Palin cheated on Sarah Palin throughout their marriage, and it would not surprise me to learn at some point that he already has a jumpoff waiting in the wings. But we need to keep our eye on this: “He is seeking joint custody of their 11-year-old son, Trigg, according to the complaint, and fair division of their assets.” A fair division of their assets? I would be very interested in knowing just how much money the Palins have grifted through various PACs and schemes over the past 11 years. Wouldn’t you?

Also: apparently, Todd Palin filed for divorce on his birthday. He was all “happy birthday to MYSELF.”

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  1. Izzy says:

    Todd Palin is single. Ladies, lets try to contain our excitement. *rolls over, goes back to sleep

  2. Lucy2 says:

    We really dodged a bullet with her in 2008, only to get hit by a cannonball in 2016.

    • Sarah says:

      So true

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      A-freaking-men. Who’d have believed anything even worse could actually come into power.

      • FHMom says:

        It kind of makes me nostalgic for when she was the worst thing out there. Hard to believe we’ve sunk even lower.

    • Esmom says:

      No kidding. Last night I was driving home just thinking about the incessant sh^itstorm raging in the White House and it really just hit me that this is our punishment for Obama.

      I feel so naive to have thought Sarah Palin’s audacious ignorance was an aberration. She really was just the tip of the iceberg.

      • Betsy says:

        I don’t want to discount the racism against Obama because it is real, but the forces that have brought us a broken GOP, willing to commit treason to win (among many, many other abuses), are far older and more entrenched than Obama. In retrospect the plan really went national with Reagan, though the seeds were sown with the John Birchers. None of this is punishment for Obama; things would have been far far worse now had we not had those eight years (and I still wish he had been willing to knock heads instead of pretending the GOP was arguing in good faith).

      • Esmom says:

        Betsy, I hear you and agree. I was just feeling the loss of Obama more acutely last night than I had in awhile.

      • Megan says:

        Remember when we complained about how corrupt W’s admin was? Sheesh. They look like amateurs in comparison.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        W’s admin may not have been as “corrupt” as Trump (although I don’t think we learned as much about their corruption because they were, admittedly, smarter than Trump’s people), but never forget that some of them committed actual war crimes. I think Trump is a way bigger @sshole than W as a person, but W was just as incompetent as President, and appointed people who were just as, if not more, evil.

      • Megan says:

        I separate W’s crimes from his corruption. Hiring “Hell of a Job Brownie,” reclassifying political positions as civil positions, appointing his friends’ unqualified children to important jobs was corruption. Trump and his cronies are openly profiteering, suppressing science, hiring his kids, firing inconvenient staff, obstructing justice, defying the will of congress, etc. Obviously we won’t know what Trump’s criminal acts are until he leaves office, although I expect them to be numerous.

      • Fanny says:

        She was the appetizer, Trump is the main course.

      • jwoolman says:

        Our real President during the GWBush Administration was the very corrupt Vice President Dick Cheney. He made money off the wars he promoted. He was also ex-CIA. He must have known the intelligence reports warning about something brewing that exploded with 9/11. I suspect he deliberately kept those reports quiet, hoping something would happen so he could push his agenda through (starting with that abominable Patriot Act). Some conservative think tank had provided a report earlier saying that such things would be acceptable to the public only if there was a major terrorist attack on US soil.

        I doubt that GW would have gone along with the idea, though. He wasn’t too competent (perhaps due to neurological deterioration, a friend in Texas said he was quite different as Governor), but I just don’t see that kind of evil in him.

    • Mego says:

      I like your comment. Very similar in their disordered personalities and rank stupidity.

    • Kitten says:


    • BayTampaBay says:

      Sarah must be a real piece of work if Trump wanted nothing to do with her sorry a$$.

    • Another Anne says:

      Honestly, I’m kind of surprised she didn’t end up in Trump’s cabinet somewhere, considering the level of corruption and crazy he’s got going on there. So think about how crazy she must really be, or the skeletons in her closet, if she’s too radioactive even for Trump.

      • lucy2 says:

        I don’t think it’s any of that, but the amount of attention she’d draw. She wants the spotlight, and like the petulant toddler he is, he won’t share.
        Plus she’s a woman, and he doesn’t think women are actual people.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Cabinet members have to get approval from Congress, but also, and I don’t think she wants a political career where she has to work. She’d rather be a pundit and not have responsibilities.

      • Esmom says:

        Tiffany, yes. Like Trump, she wants the attention without putting in the work. Lazy af.

      • Megan says:

        Trump was only interested in appointing industry shills to his cabinet. She had nothing to offer on that front.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Someone described Palin as America’s “gateway idiot” — she opened the door for other racist idiots to think they can run, and win, public office, which escalated until we ended up with Trump. While John McCain had *some* ideas I agreed with, his choice of Palin as a running mate forever tarnishes his reputation.

  3. Aims says:

    I hate to see a family break up…….. Eyeroll. But happy b-day too me. This is a great gift, hypocrisy at it’s finest. Maybe Sarah could be the next bachelorette?

  4. Bella DuPont says:

    Granted probation after 30 years of a life sentence. Good for him.

  5. Detriotgirl says:

    I can never unsee Tina Fey when I look at her.

  6. Trillian says:

    “incompatibility of temperament” is a funny reason to file for divorce after 30 years of marriage …

  7. Jerusha says:


  8. Lightpurple says:

    Filed just months after Piper graduated high school. Something just tells me Todd was just sticking it out “for the kids.”

    • Aims says:

      100 %!!! God, I bet it was a living hell having to wait it out until Piper graduated.

    • Amelie says:

      Well there’s still Trig who is only 11 and he has Down Syndrome. I know people with Down Syndrome can go on to lead relatively normal functioning lives though I don’t know how many are able to live alone on their own? I think they can. But he is still a minor and they will be figuring out custody for him.

      Speaking of Trig, I went down a rabbit hole last night because apparently when Sarah was pregnant with Trig, there were a lot of conspiracy theories that Trig was not her son which I had never heard. Not about to sum it all up but basically I believe Trig is her son, though it is weird she only revealed she was pregnant when she was 7 months along. Most of her staff apparently had no idea!

      • Layla Beans says:

        She also went into labor without telling anyone too. It’s all detailed here:

      • Ann says:

        I remember the rumors that Trig is Bristol’s son but Sarah didn’t want anyone to know Bristol was an unwed teenage mother so she claimed Trig was hers. That worked out so well.

      • Emily Gilmore says:

        I think the trig pregnancy rabbit hole is so interesting! Who FLIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY while they’re in labor?!

      • Mo says:

        The rumor that Trig was Bristol’s child was all over Alaska at the time. Bristol had been sent away to live with an aunt.

        What makes me angry is that the “not Trig’s mother” rumor was used to shut down questions over the “birth of Trig” questions. Her story about his birth made no sense at all. If it all went down as she said, it was irresponsible enough to cause serious questions as to her sanity and judgement. Read the article above but the short version is that she went into labor in Tuscon, AZ, where she had been giving a speech. Instead of going to the hospital there, she drove by them, got on the long flight to Alaska and then drove hours to get to her home town to give birth in her local hospital. And the stewardess on the plane didn’t realize she was pregnant.


      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Mo, I gotta agree with you that this whole story is just weird. With Trig being her 5th child, I cannot imagine her being in labor that long to get home to Alaska from Arizona.

      • Amelie says:

        @LaylaBeans: I read the Business Insider article last night! That’s where I got most of my info. A bit conspiracy theory but it laid out in a very fascinating way!

        @BayTampaBay: I don’t know how long it takes to get from Texas to Alaska but women can be in labor for over 24 hours. And if we’re going to go off of looks, even with Down Syndrome Trig looks like a Palin and resembles his mom and siblings. It is possible he is Bristol’s son but I dunno how that’s possible… the hospital where she gave birth near Wasilla would have talked eventually. There’s no way a small town like Wasilla would be able to keep that under wraps. But there is no denying she acted fishy about the entire pregnancy, but that was supposedly because she had a hard time accepting she was going to give birth to a child with Down Syndrome. Only her husband Todd knew that Trig would have DS, not even her own children knew until he was born.

      • Andrea says:

        Super odd with the birth story. It sounds like someone was pregnant, but definitely not Sarah unless she never gained weight.

      • Isa says:

        Her taking that trip while in labor is so weird because usually your labor gets shorter since your body knows what to do. Of course, that isn’t always the case, but why risk it?
        And why not go to a hospital with a NICU when your baby is early?

      • jwoolman says:

        I’m quite sure Trig is Bristol’s son by birth, all the evidence points that way. I think they had intended to adopt him out at birth (maybe within the family), but then when he was born plans changed because of his Down’s. They probably did not test for it, so it was a surprise.

        There is some evidence that Sarah was all for abortion long before that, but Bristol refused. She was sent off to live with her aunt during the time she would be showing and we only saw her in bulky winter coats.

        I think Trig was actually born when Sarah suddenly announced being 7 months pregnant with a fairly obvious “pillow baby”. So the wild ride by plane and car when her water allegedly broke was fake. She bypassed hospitals with facilities for high risk births to get to the small clinic with people she could rely on to keep quiet. The Palins threatened the person who did a lot of good work accumulating the evidence on a web site, which was taken down. But the pictures and other information were very convincing to me. It included a lot of information and comments from medical professionals familiar with the appearance of pregnancy, for example. The photo of Sarah and family outside the clinic with little “newborn” Trig also was interesting – Sarah did not look happy, and Trig looked older than a baby born a short while before. I think Bristol and her dad and his other sisters have always loved Trig, though. So he’s still a lucky kid. Haven’t seen pictures of him in a while, but he was still adorable years later.

        But last I heard, Trig actually spends a lot of time with Bristol. She has a son close in age (didn’t she get pregnant again the next year?). My bet is that his dad will quietly take over real custody of him the rest of the time. He was obviously delighted with Trig from the very beginning, Sarah not so much. She was probably clouded by her anger at Bristol.

  9. Jenns says:

    I wonder if she’ll blame Obama for this.

  10. Singtress says:

    Anyone still think Trigg is actually the daughters kid?
    Remember how she never looked pregnant… and traveling back to Alaska to “give birth” had a sketchy timeline?

    • Jerusha says:

      Whatshername certainly had an aptitude for getting pregnant while the family “preached abstinence.”

    • Lightpurple says:

      Traveling back to Alaska from Arizona while in labor with a high risk pregnancy of a disabled child. Because there are no hospitals between Arizona and Alaska.

    • Millennial says:

      I would believe a lot of conspiracy theories about her but not that one. Largely because she was in her mid-40s when she has Trigg and the likelihood of her having a child with Downs Syndrome are much higher than a teenager.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Very true. To me, it highlighted her recklessness and stupidity. If you know your baby is high risk and will need serious medical attention, possibly heart surgery, shortly after delivery, you don’t travel from Arizona to Alaska while in labor. You get to the nearest hospital with an infant ICU. But I’m not Sarah Palin.

      • pottymouth pup says:

        while the likelihood of nondisjunction leading to trisomy like Down’s increases with the age of the mother, the majority of children with the disorder are born to younger women who, at least back when I was in school, have more babies.

        I really don’t know what to believe in this case. If Palin was actually the one pregnant with Trig, I can only assume she really didn’t want him to survive if she not only traveled such a distance so late in term but actually opted to fly home while in labor. Responsible parents who know they are carrying a special needs pregnancy make plans with their medical team to be prepared during delivery. If she didn’t know he had medical issues, the whole “hey I’ve given birth multiple times so I’m not worried about a long flight while in labor” really makes no sense when you’re only in the 7th month

      • jwoolman says:

        Very young mothers are also high risk for Down’s. But a mother of any age can have a child with the syndrome.

    • Layla Beans says:

      There is an amazing article looking at the sketchiness –

  11. damejudi says:

    Todd’s forensic accountant is about to earn a lot of $$$ as the “fair division of assets” gets going.

    • Chaine says:

      I doubt it, these grifters probably spent all of their winnings a long time ago and Trump made her obsolete. The money was probably the only thing making life with her palatable, and now that it’s gone, so is he.

      • Bamaborn says:

        You are absolutely correct, Chaine! You use to be able to pretty much tell when their coffers were getting low, out pops Sarah with her “concern for America” trope and “Sarah Pac” would jump into action. Plus, Todd did’nt have to have a “real job”, now he might just have to get one.

  12. Chrissy says:

    I know it’s just legal terminology, but how can someone claim personal incompatibility after 30 years of marriage? Surely they grifted together, no?

    • Ali says:

      When people stay married for their kids, there is a high likelihood that there are very incompatible personalities involved.

      And also there is no box to check for “married an asshole, finally coming to terms with it and want out”.

      • Aims says:

        Yeah, there isn’t a box to check ” I’m married to Sarah Palin, and if I don’t get out I’m going to lose my shit” Box. I don’t know why this gives me the happy feels. But damn it, I’m giddy.

      • Lightpurple says:

        And, as I pointed out above, this very much seems like it was “stay together for the kids.” Piper graduated high school this spring. Trig isn’t going to follow the traditional schooling route so they can legally make arrangements for his future now as they split everything else up.

      • jjva says:

        @Ali – as someone whose divorce was just finalized after almost 14 years of marriage,

        “And also there is no box to check for “married an asshole, finally coming to terms with it and want out”.

        you nailed it 🙂

    • Erinn says:

      He probably eventually got tired of his sh-t head son getting physical with him while Sarah defended the son.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      it’s the only option for a no-fault divorce in Alaska (their equivalent to irreconcilable differences)

  13. Sarah says:

    I don’t believe in karma but…

  14. Barfly says:

    I’m just here for the comments & i haven’t been disappointed yet 🙂

    • AmyB says:

      Amen to that! Me too – I am rolling in laughter! 🙂

    • AnnaKist says:

      Come and sit at my table, ladies. I have wine, chocolate and freshly-baked peanut brownies. Excellent comments tonight. (It’s 11:52pm down here.)

    • mia girl says:

      I came for the very same reason and am so enjoying all the well-deserved snark.

      Sarah Plain truly is one of the worst people to come out of modern politics.

      • AmyB says:

        @mia girl – Yes she truly was. And what an idiot! I am not one to normally criticize people, but good Lord, she was stupid. The best were the SNL sketches where Tina Fey basically repeated Sarah Palin’s responses verbatim. Oh my!!!

  15. Mia4s says:

    Ohhhhh, Jesus will NOT be happy. 😏

  16. josephine says:

    I guess they realized that there would be no more political offices for her/them (too much work for her anyway). This frees her up to do gross reality shows about dating and what-not.

  17. Christin says:

    Sounds like he decided to take early retirement at 55.

    Their “walking the talk” of family values jumped the shark long ago, so why not bail out now? I just hope he doesn’t end up with a reality show.

    • Jaded says:

      I think that’s the plan – he worked for BP as an oil field production supervisor from which he was demoted to a non-supervisory position when Palin became governor. He’s currently a commercial salmon fisher. I’m surprised she has had her talons out for him – she certainly likes to get in the press’s face with her slimy kids…

    • holly hobby says:

      I’m sure they also take welfare from Uncle Sam but that’s ok with the GOPers because they are white. Or wait, doesn’t Todd have a little Native American in him? I read that way way back when.

      • jwoolman says:

        Todd’s Native ancestry is enough to give him and his children health care benefits. I can’t remember the fraction. That may have been part of the idea in adopting Trig – maybe his grandchildren wouldn’t be eligible, but as his child – any extra medical expenses for Trig would be covered.

    • Jaded says:

      @holly hobby…here’s a link to an article about Todd Palin’s possible Yup’ik ancestry.

      • Heave Ho says:

        I was listening to a native American radio show recently and they were talking about the insane amount of white people who claim they have native ancestry. Everyone’s got some but nobody’s got a modern connection. How many lone Indians were there marrying into white families, anyway. Super shady.

  18. Nanea says:

    While Todd may show up with a jump-off sooner or later, I’m sure (not quite 100% though) that I read somewhere that the grifting word-salad creator didn’t believe in the sanctity of marriage and cheated several times during their 30 years together.

    If that’s true, I guess it’s an equal-opportunity incompatibility of temperaments!

  19. L84Tea says:

    I had actually forgotten about this heffer….

  20. Kitten says:

    Thoughts and prayers…….for the next guy who has to date Sarah Palin.

  21. Joh says:

    Sarah has Ted Nugent waiting for her.

  22. bamaborn says:

    What is this world coming to when even the art of GRIFTING is not paying well? Mercy!

  23. Giddy says:

    From her house…Sarah can see Todd speeding off on his snowmobile.

  24. Christin says:

    Just a few years ago, some of us thought Sarah’s undeserved 15 minutes might never end. She and her grifter brood are now appealing to only a small audience.

    Maybe someday soon the same can be said of another family who reportedly think they are going to be a political “dynasty” for decades to come.

  25. Betsy says:

    Ordinarily I don’t cheer divorces, being as I’m a fairly traditional gal myself, but this one…

  26. JanetFerber says:

    NO ONE is “too stupid and grifty” for a Trump appointment. I’m surprised she’s not already there, but Trump’s hatred of John McCain scuttled that. Otherwise, it would not surprise me if she were a Secretary of State or Surgeon General or whatever. Remember, trumpgroup does not know HOW to go too low.

    • Lightpurple says:

      She wanted the VA.

    • Esmom says:

      Lol. It’s true…she’d fit right in with the Betsy DeVos and Ben Carson contingent. I do think the McCain connection is part of why she isn’t but also it’s what someone else pointed out, that Trump doesn’t want to share the spotlight with another blatant attention-seeker.

  27. Sushismama says:

    I lived down the street from them when she was running for VP- what a nightmare.
    As a Wasilla resident, word on the street is this has A LOT to do with the conflict with their son- who is an abusing loser of massive proportions.

  28. Cay says:

    I’m not sure I can ever forgive/excuse John McCain for legitimizing the Tea Party when he selected her for his VP. This was the beginning of the fall of US politics.

    • Sean says:

      I think the fall started with Nixon’s administration and most of the Watergate players getting to walk away with little or no consequences. Roger Ailes and Roger Stone got their starts with Nixon.

      • Jerusha says:

        I peg it to Goldwater when the Birchers really got a toehold. They were the original Tea Partiers with their Impeach Earl Warren billboards all across America.

  29. The Recluse says:

    Hey, folks,
    The celebratory party is being held at the Immoral Minority blog. Run by an Alaskan who had Palin’s number years ago.
    Bette Midler mentioned on Twitter that Sarah has been running around with some rich guy whose wife died not that long ago.
    Should be interesting to see the fallout.

  30. A says:

    Anyone who thinks that the Palins are a “godly” family or that they care about family values beyond what it can do for their PR and their bank accounts are fooling themselves. These people have never been about family values. Considering that evangelical Christians don’t give a single solitary eff about divorce or fraud, they’re perfectly in line with their purported values. They stuck with each other for 30 years, all through Sarah Palin’s campaigning. That was the important part.

  31. Fluffy Princess says:

    Hahahahhahahaha! The money ran out and so did Todd! Run, Todd, Run! He’s no saint and I don’t feel sorry for him in the least.

  32. megan says:

    Ehhh…I’m never a fan of cheering for other people’s misfortune. Too bad about their marriage.

  33. Tw says:

    She’s probably boning Ted Nugent and/or Kid Rock. OK, I’m going to take a shower. Sorry everyone for that.

  34. grumpyterrier says:

    I never understand how people have so many children together before they realize they’re incompatible…

    • Mickey Rooney Mara says:

      Maybe they do realize and think that having more children will fix the relationship. Hence the term band-aid baby.

  35. Le4Frimaire says:

    Serves her right. She helped open the door for Trump to walk through, then he slammed it in her face. No sympathy. Toxic couple and awful woman.

  36. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Check out the treasure trove of all the awfulness of the Palin on
    the dash immoral dash minority dot com.

    This Wasilla blogger has had all the dirt for YEARS.