Donald Trump Receives Key Endorsement From Sarah Palin
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received the endorsement of conservative firebrand Sarah Palin.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received the endorsement of conservative firebrand Sarah Palin, giving the billionaire businessman a potential boost less than two weeks before Iowa’s kick-off caucuses.
The endorsement comes as Trump is locked in a dead heat with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Iowa. The two have been ramping up their attacks against one another as the election has neared.
In the statement announcing the endorsement, Trump’s campaign described Palin as a conservative who “helped launch the careers of several key future leaders of the Republican Party and conservative movement.” The statement also quoted Cruz as once saying he “would not be in the United States Senate were it not for Gov. Sarah Palin. ... She can pick winners.”
“Media heads are spinning,” Palin said after taking the stage at a Trump rally at Iowa State University. “This is going to be so much fun.”
Palin, the former governor of Alaska and the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, said that, with Trump as president, America would no longer apologise.
No more pussy-footing around.
Campaigning in New Hampshire, Cruz said, “Regardless of what Sarah intends to do in 2016, I will remain a big, big fan of Sarah Palin.”
Palin endorsed Cruz in his 2012 Senate race in Texas and said as recently as last month that he and Trump were both in her top tier of candidates, making the endorsement a symbolic blow to Cruz who says Trump is not a true, consistent conservative and represents “New York values.”
Palin’s remarks in Ames, Iowa, were signature Palin, combining the folksy charm and everywoman appeal that initially made her a Republican superstar with defiant taunting of a “busted” party establishment that she slammed for counting both Trump and herself out.
Palin offered her full-throated support for Trump and slammed President Barack Obama as the “capitulator in chief.” Trump, she said, would be a commander in chief who would “let our warriors do their job and go kick ISIS’ ass!”
She also took aim at the Republican establishment for “attacking their own front-runner” and offered a challenge to those who have suggested that Trump, whose positions on issues like gun control and abortion rights have shifted over the years, isn’t conservative enough.
Oh my goodness gracious. What the heck would the establishment know about conservativism? Who are they to tell us that we’re not conservative enough? ... Give me a break.
Trump, whose team had been touting a major, surprise announcement, praised Palin as “a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for” in a statement.
“We’re going to give’ em hell,” he said after her speech.
Palin will also be joining Trump at two events Wednesday, including a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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