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Sarah and the Donald are comedy gold unless you’re some kind of homo communist.

Chris Cilizza writes at the Washington Post: “Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Tuesday in Iowa. You may have heard that — unless you were hiding under a pile of coats for the day. But, what you likely missed is the speech — and I use that word advisedly — that Palin gave as she threw her backing to The Donald. It was an address not to be missed, a remarkable bit of Palin-ism that left even the unflappable Trump somewhat flabbergasted. Thanks to BuzzFeed deputy politics editor Kyle Blaine, who performed the herculean task of transcribing her speech, we can now analyze the full text. Using Genius, I annotated the speech below.”

Washington Post January 20, 2016:

In 2014, Palin spoke out for Trump after a Buzzfeed piece said Trump’s quixotic quest for the presidency was a “charade.”

“This nervous geek isn’t fit to tie the Donald’s wingtips,” Palin said of the piece’s author. “Don’t ever give him attention again.”

In February of last year, Palin floated the idea of a Palin-Trump ticket in a “Saturday Night Live” bit.

“Jerry, how much do you think Lorne Michaels would pay me if I were to run in 2016?” Palin said.

“Run for president?” Seinfeld said. “Sarah, I don’t think there’s a number too big.”

“Hypothetically, then,” Palin said, “what if I were to choose Donald Trump as my running mate?”

“Sarah,” Seinfeld said. “You’re teasing us. That’s not nice.”

[Sarah Palin joked about running with Trump almost a year ago]

What then was a joke now seems like a possibility. In July, after Palin passed up the chance to slam Trump for his criticism of McCain, Trump indicated that there would be room for Palin in a Trump administration.

“I’d love that because she really is somebody that knows what’s happening,” Trump said. “And she’s a special person. And I think people know that. And she’s got a following that’s unbelievable.”

This was a bigger point, however, than speculation about Palin as the secretary of whatever, or even Palin as veep. Trump also recognized that he and Palin were birds of a feather flocking ever-closer together.

“Like me, she’s got some people that don’t exactly love us,” Trump said in July. “And we understand who they are and you sort of forget about that. But she has a tremendously loyal group of people out there for her and I think now maybe more so than ever.”

Erik Wemple wrote for the Washington Post Feb. 19, 2014:

Last week’s profile of Donald Trump by BuzzFeed reporter McKay Coppins really wasn’t so great. Titled “36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump,” the story ripped the real estate mogul for toying repeatedly with runs for political office — a decades-long “charade” that Coppins exposed. Along the way, he made churlish comments about Trump’s aides — “yes-men” — and elbowed the subject at every pass.

Had the Trump people ignored the story, not a soul would be talking about it. But they did the opposite, complaining about its factual and tonal integrity; shaking up the Trump staff over the piece; and, of course, tweeting:

And now! Look here at this headline from Breitbart News: “EXCLUSIVE — PALIN CALLS FOR BOYCOTT AFTER BUZZFEED HIT PIECE ON TRUMP.”

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been noted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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