To the surprise of almost no one, former President Donald Trump on Sunday endorsed right-wing champion Sarah Palin for an open house seat in Alaska, hailing her as a “wonderful patriot.”
Trump reportedly helped convince her to run for the seat of longtime conservative Republican Don Young, who died last month at the age of 88. Palin announced that she was showing up last Friday. It is Alaska’s only congressional seat.
“Sarah shocked many when she backed me in early 2016, and we won big,” Trump boasted in a statement. “Now it’s my turn. Sarah has been a champion for Alaskan values, Alaskan energy, Alaskan jobs, and great Alaskan people. And she’s against the ” fake news,” Trump noted.
He claimed that Palin “raised the [John] McCain’s presidential campaign came out of the dumps despite having to put up with some very mean, stupid, and jealous people.
In fact, gaffe-prone Palin was widely seen as grossly unqualified to be vice president (certainly not president), and a key reason Senator McCain didn’t have a better chance at the presidency against the Democrat. Barack Obama in 2008. election. McCain himself later said he regretted his decision to appoint Palin as his running mate.
Trump also hailed Palin as one of Alaska’s ‘most popular governors’, even though she left office in 2009, the last time she held political office – 18 months before her term ended. — in what was seen as an unpopular move.
Longtime pollster Ivan Moore of Alaska Survey Research told Politico, “Let’s face it, she’s been practically underwater for many, many years now, and it really dates back to when she quit. The Alaskans weren’t too impressed with that.
Palin tweeted in response to Trump’s endorsement, “Thank you, President Trump! Honored to have your support in our campaign for Alaska!
Former Trump ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, also tweeted an endorsement for Palin on Sunday, saying: “We need his voice in Congress. »
The special election to fill Young’s seat begins with an open primary on June 11 with all candidates on a single ballot. The top four finalists will appear on the general election ballot in August.