Sarah Palin joined Donald Trump in Ames, Iowa, on Tuesday during a campaign rally to offer him her endorsement for his presidential aspirations.
Indirectly referencing Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, whose senatorship campaigns she endorsed in 2010 and 2012, respectively, Palin seemingly attempted to defuse portrayal of tensions between her and and them as a result of her support of Trump..
“When asked when I would jump in into a primary, and kinda stirrin’ it up a bit maybe, and choose one over some friends who are running – and I’ve endorsed a couple others in their races before they decided to run for president,” Palin said, prefacing praise for Trump in his dealings with the media.
“So those who us have kinda gone through the ringer, as Mr. Trump has, makes me respect you even more. That you’re here, and you’re putting your efforts, and you’re putting reputations, you’re putting relationships on the line to do the right thing for this country because you are ready to make America great again,” said Palin, heralding Trump’s decision to run for president. It is now or never, I’m in it to win it,” said Palin.
With thinly-veiled criticisms of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Palin invoked the President’s 2009 “apology tour” in the Muslim World and Clinton’s lies to the families of those murdered by Islamic terrorists in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.
“Know that the United States military deserves a Commander in Chief who loves our country passionately, and will never apologize for this country. A new Commander in Chief who will never leave our men behind, a new Commander in Chief, one who will never lie to the families of the fallen,” said Palin.
Palin echoed Trump’s claim of independence from donors, stating that he is not beholden to any special interests, a claimed contrast the real estate mogul often highlights.
Prior to Palin’s address, Trump repeated his claim of political independence relative to his competitors.
“I’m representing you,” Trump told his audience, “I’m not taking any money. I’m not, you know, like some of these guys where they’re getting millions and millions of dollars from people I know. And they’re nice people, and some are very bad people. But they have no interest in the country, they have interest in their company, or they have interest in countries that they’re representing. And these people these politicians are gonna do exactly as they’re told by their lobbyists and their special interests and their donors. Me, I’m gonna do the right thing.”
Promising to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from Mexico and other countries with lower operational costs, Trump said he would “talk [businesses] out of it.”
“When Ford moves to Mexico, I’m gonna talk ‘em out of it When Nabisco moves its plant from Chicago to Mexico, I’m gonna talk ‘em out of it. Believe me, it’s gonna be easy,” committed Trump.
The Cruz Campaign’s communications director Rick Tyler told CNN that Palin’s endorsement of Cruz would hurt the former Governor of Alaska.
“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,” said Tyler.
Cruz subsequently tweeted the following.
Watch the entire event here.