Prior to the announcement that former conservative and Tea Party darling Sarah Palin was endorsing bombastic billionaire and reality TV star Donald Trump, constitutional conservative Ted Cruz responded with the kind of classy graciousness that has come to be expected from the Texas senator.
Cruz, who was previously supported by Palin in his 2012 senatorial campaign, said that he will always be grateful for her prior support and will remain a big fan.
I love @SarahPalinUSA Without her support, I wouldn’t be in the Senate. Regardless of what she does in 2016, I will always be a big fan.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 19, 2016
Trump, who has been outed as having politically very liberal “New York values” over all but the most recent months of his life, received Palin’s official endorsement on Tuesday following Cruz’s tweet.
Palin’s endorsement, once highly sought after among conservative candidates, may not have the positive impact that it formerly did, if the immediate reaction on Twitter is any indication.
Leading conservative talk show host, best-selling author, and The Blaze founder Glenn Beck, may have prophetically predicted Palin’s endorsement, as well as her falling out of favor — at least with him — in September of last year:
“Yeah, I’m going to say it. I don’t care what Sarah Palin says anymore. Sarah Palin has become a clown. I’m embarrassed that I was once for Sarah Palin. Honestly. I’m embarrassed. Why do I say that about Sarah Palin? How could you possibly say that about Sarah Palin? Because I don’t know who she is anymore. I don’t know what she stands for. I saw a clip of her talking to Donald Trump. What the hell is that? I don’t even know who she is anymore. I don’t know what she stands for. I don’t know She doesn’t know what I stand for. We had a falling out long ago because she listened to people who were lying to her about me. Fine, I don’t care. I don’t care.”
It remains to be seen whether Palin’s endorsement will be a net positive for Trump or not. It certainly isn’t going to help among the reported 20% of Trump supporters who are Democrats.