On Monday night, after it became clear that Ted Cruz had won the Iowa caucuses, not Donald Trump, whom she supported, Sarah Palin decided to cover her tracks, mending her fences with supporters of Cruz and Marco Rubio whom she might have offended, Palin posted a congratulatory statement on Facebook, essentially taking credit for the success of all three top finishers, claiming “our independent, grassroots tea party movement” had helped Cruz, Trump and Marco Rubio win 70% of the Iowa vote.
The post read:
Tonight = America wins, the permanent political class does not, and that is good! To restore Constitutional government the status quo has got to go; the Iowa caucus proves many Americans feel the same. The top three candidates, fueled by our independent, grassroots tea party movement, take 70% of the vote in this unique Iowa caucus. Now this healthy, hearty competition moves to NH, SC and beyond. Those of us proud to be on Team Trump thank Iowa supporters and look forward to forging ahead to make America great again with the candidate proving a record of success and strength that is so needed. The tangible Commonsense Conservative solutions requiring a doer, not a talker, will restore American exceptionalism. Onward and upward, America!
But up to the very last minute, Palin was ripping Cruz, appearing on CNN's “The Lead” to slam Cruz’s campaign for flyers that encouraged voters to show up at the polls. Palin warbled that the notices “shamed” voters and were “very offensive.” She said to CNN’s Jake Tapper, “They were shamed. They and their neighbors being sent report cards saying, you know, ‘You got an F because you didn't vote. You didn't do what we think you should have done.’”
Cruz said he would "apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote,” according to CNN.
"The top three candidates, fueled by our independent, grassroots tea party movement, take 70% of the vote in this unique Iowa caucus."
Sarah Palin, supporter of non-Tea Party-established Donald Trump, taking credit for Cruz and Rubio's success, too
The irony of the Trump campaign and Palin arguing against Cruz encouraging voters to show up at the polls is grimly hilarious; most pundits from the political right to the political left agreed before the caucuses that a higher turnout would benefit Trump, not Cruz.