Palin Endorses Trump

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Sarah Palin officially endorses Donald Trump’s 2016 bid

BY ADAM EDELMAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5:59 PM A A A
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Sarah Palin can see Russia from her Alaskan home and President Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office.

The outspoken former Alaska governor and Tea Party darling formally endorsed the 2016 GOP front-runner Tuesday night, providing the bombastic billionaire with a “yuge” surge of momentum just 13 days before the Iowa caucuses.

“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Palin said in a statement provided by the billionaire’s campaign, ahead of a campaign event in Iowa Tuesday night, where the pair was slated to appear together.

“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” Trump said in the same statement. “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.”

With Trump running neck-and-neck with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Iowa less than two weeks before the critical early-voting state’s caucuses, Palin’s endorsement could go a long way in pushing rural, Evangelical voters, with whom she remains popular, toward the billionaire candidate.

Sarah Palin is endorsing Donald Trump. They are expected to appear together at a campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday.

Sarah Palin is endorsing Donald Trump. They are expected to appear together at a campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday.
It could also open the floodgates for a slew of other endorsements that could help put the Hawkeye State squarely in the Trump column.

Speculation over a potential endorsement had increased in recent days after Trump on Sunday took to Facebook to tout that he would have a “major announcement and a very special guest in attendance” at the Ames event.

Rumors over a Palin endorsement further percolated after multiple news outlets reported that a charter flight from Anchorage had landed in Des Moines on Monday night.

Even Cruz went on the defensive over the rumors of support from Palin, with surrogates for the Texas senator dissing the potential coup for Trump as being bad for Palin.

Sarah Palin’s endorsement could go a long way in pushing rural, Evangelical voters, with whom she remains popular, toward the billionaire candidate.
“I think it’d be a blow to Sarah Palin, because Sarah Palin has been a champion for the conservative cause, and if she was going to endorse Donald Trump, sadly, she would be endorsing someone who’s held progressive views all their life on the sanctity of life, on marriage, on partial-birth abortion,” Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said on CNN Tuesday morning.

Those comments prompted Palin’s daughter Bristol to pen a bitter blog post in which she criticized Cruz for his “arrogance” in stating that her mother’s endorsement might somehow harm her conservative credentials.

“After hearing what Cruz is now saying about my mom, in a negative knee-jerk reaction, makes me hope my mom does endorse Trump,” Bristol Palin wrote in the post, which Sarah Palin shared on Facebook and Twitter.

That, in turn, prompted Cruz himself to backtrack.

Donald Trump will appear with Palin at a rally Tuesday night in Ames, Iowa.

“I love @SarahPalinUSA Without her support, I wouldn’t be in the Senate. Regardless of what she does in 2016, I will always be a big fan,” the Texas senator tweeted later Tuesday.

Trump and Palin have long acted amiably toward each other. Last summer, shortly after he announced his campaign, Trump suggested he “would love” to have the 2008 vice presidential candidate in his administration if he won the election.

Earlier in the year, Trump called Palin “beautiful” and said he was “honored” by a skit she took part in during the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special in which the Alaskan joked that the pair could run on a ticket together in 2016.

When Palin turned 50 in 2014, Trump wrote her a letter praising her as a “spectacular woman.”

And in 2011, when Palin was considering a presidential bid, Palin shared a pizza in New York City with Trump and his wife Melania.

Yet another Palin made headlines later Tuesday, however, after news emerged that the former lawmaker’s son Track had been charged just a day earlier with assault.

According to online court records, Track Palin, 26, was charged Monday with three misdemeanors: Assault, interfering with a report of domestic violence and possession of a weapon while intoxicated.

One thought on “Palin Endorses Trump

  1. I did not know that Sarah Palin was a progressive. True conservatives don’t support Trump, because he is a progressive. He will take us to the same end as Hillary and the rest of the progressives.

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