By Dr. Derek Ellerman
Conservative favorite and firebrand Sarah Palin made the jump and announced that she’s running for Congress in Alaska’s lone, at-large Congressional District.
Her campaign surely got a big boost in a very crowded primary when the Republican Party’s most popular figure, former President Donald Trump, dropped a strong endorsement for her candidacy.
Since then, support has been rolling in for the former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate.
Sarah Palin announced her run for the seat of late Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, after talking to former President Donald Trump, who encouraged her to run, sources told Fox News. https://t.co/hcMh3RPkwd pic.twitter.com/Nb7VbbY1eZ
— Newsmax (@newsmax) April 4, 2022
Trump Drops Major Endorsement Of Palin
In his endorsement, Trump lauded Palin as a “true America First fighter” and made clear that her early support of his own candidacy in 2016 was warmly welcomed.
“Sarah has been a champion for Alaska values, Alaska energy, Alaska jobs, and the great people of Alaska. She was one of the most popular Governors because she stood up to corruption in both State Government and the Fake News Media,” Trump’s endorsement reads.
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Readers will no doubt remember the treatment Palin received from the mainstream media in 2008, which now seems so long ago.
Trump also credited Palin with reviving a flagging McCain campaign.
“Sarah lifted the McCain presidential campaign out of the dumps despite the fact that she had to endure some very evil, stupid, and jealous people within the campaign itself. They were out to destroy her, but she didn’t let that happen.”
The endorsement concludes, “Sarah Palin is tough and smart and will never back down, and I am proud to give her my Complete and Total Endorsement, and encourage all Republicans to unite behind this wonderful person and her campaign to put America First!”
President Donald J. Trump announces his endorsement of Sarah Palin pic.twitter.com/9y0a39htCj
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) April 4, 2022
The race to fill Alaska’s sole congressional seat opened up with the passing of Don Young on March 18.
Young had been first elected in 1973.
Palin thanked Trump for his endorsement, calling it an honor.
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) April 4, 2022
Support Rolls In
Formidable figures in the Republican Party followed Trump’s lead, including Trump’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley:
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) April 3, 2022
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich added his name as well:
Sarah Palin would make a great member of Congress. Her toughness and directness would be a refreshing addition and would contribute to the national debate and to solving America’s problems.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) April 4, 2022
Former Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, who served from 2010 – 2014, told Newsmax, “Never underestimate Sarah Palin. Even when her 40 opponents include a decorated Purple Heart recipient, America’s longest running garden columnist, an assistant secretary from the Trump administration who won a Twitter battle with Chuck Schumer [Tara Sweeney], a legislator who is guardian of our Constitution his dad helped write [John Coghill], the son of a former Congressman who preceded Don Young [Nick Begich, III] and yes, Santa Claus [a North Pole, Alaska City Councilman].”
MAGA Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene seems excited by the prospect:
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) April 2, 2022
ACT for America founder Brigitte Gabriel is definitely on board:
Sarah Palin is EXACTLY the type of person we need to be sending to Congress.
She’s tested, experienced, principled, and inspiring.
Young women around the country will have another strong leader to look up to on Capitol Hill.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) April 2, 2022
The Left Attacks Palin
As might be expected, bluecheck figures on the left used the opportunity to attack Palin.
Do we need to have Sarah Palin run for Congress when we already have Sarah Palin version 2.0 in Lauren Boebert?
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) April 2, 2022
The “USA Singers,” which describe themselves as “making Resistance music” and standing against “Fascism” and for Ukraine was a little less subtle:
Sarah Palin is running for Congress because America always has room for one more fucking moron in the government.
— The USA Singers (@TheUSASingers) April 2, 2022
A Biden and Obama alumni was also less subtle:
Do you think Sarah Palin decided to run for Congress because she heard about the cocaine orgies?
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) April 3, 2022
More than one Democrat operative seemed to run with that same joke:
Madison Cawthorn: There are Republican cocaine orgies in Congress
Sarah Palin: I’d like to announce that I’m running for Congress
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) April 2, 2022
In her campaign announcement, Palin said, “At this critical time in our nation’s history, we need leaders who will combat the left’s socialist, big-government, America-last agenda. This country was built by heroes, and the radical left dishonors their legacies by opening our borders to illegal immigrants, mortgaging our children’s future, and selling out our nation’s interests to the highest bidder.”
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) April 2, 2022