Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump at a rally in Ames, Iowa on Tuesday night. It had been unclear whether Palin would endorse Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, as she’s publicly praised both. She told Jake Tapper last month that her two favorite presidential candidates were Trump and Cruz. Trump did not announce that Sarah Palin would be at the rally before hand. He, in fact, didn’t say her name until calling her up on stage. Trump referred to Palin as, “a person who I’ve known for a long time, who I’ve respected for so long.” Once she took the mic, Trump stood off to the side, something he has rarely done in his campaign so far.
"You were right Mr. Trump. Heads are spinnin'. Media heads are spinning!” She said once she took the stage. “This is going to be so much fun! Are you ready to make America great again?"
Palin has been mostly out of mainstream politics since the 2008 U.S. presidential election, but remains outspoken in her claims of mistreatment by Republican party leaders and the press. "I was told, 'You're going to get so clobbered in the press, you are just gonna get beat up, chewed up and spit out.' And I'm thinking -- and?" she said. "Like you guys haven't tried to do that everyday since that night in '08 when I was on stage nominated for VP and I got to say, 'Yeah, I'll go, send me, you betcha, I'll serve!' And like you all, I'm still standin'!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2016
Palin also criticized Pres. Obama’s leadership, calling him, “A weak kneed capitulator in chief [who] has decided that America will lead from behind.” She also insisted that Trump would make a better commander-in-chief, saying, “Better than anyone, isn’t he known for being able to command fire?”
Last summer, Trump said that he would “love” to give Palin a position in his cabinet if were to be elected. "She really is somebody who knows what's happening and she's a special person," he said. "She's really a special person and I think people know that."
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