Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was once seen as a Tea Party darling but she has now become more like a caricature of herself making some wonder if she is trying to outperform Tina Fey’s mockery of her on Saturday Night Live.
Palin, whose name once held influence with the grassroots, endorsed New York billionaire Donald Trump ahead of the Iowa Primary. That endorsement did little to help Trump in that state since the real estate mogul ended up coming in second. Since then, Palin has seemingly been largely dismissed by the Trump campaign who have not attempted to capitalize much on her endorsement. That, however, didn’t stop Palin from publicly voicing her anger over Paul Ryan’s hesitance to endorse Trump at this time and issuing a threat, which is interesting considering how non-influential her brand has become.
Appearing with Jake Tapper on CNN’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Palin expressed her anger at Paul Ryan and her subsequent support for the man who is challenging Ryan in the August 9 GOP primary, Paul Nehlen.
“I haven’t even got to call him and tell him I’m supporting him but yes, I will do whatever I can for Paul Nehlen. This man is a hard working guy, so in touch with the people. Paul Ryan and his ilk, their problem is they have become so disconnected from the people whom they are elected to represent, as evidenced by Paul Ryan’s refusal to support the GOP frontrunner that we just said, ‘He’s our man.’”
Palin amazingly enough, or maybe not so much, contradicted herself flip-flopping from complaining about Ryan’s refusal to support Trump to saying he should remain neutral.
“I think Paul Ryan is soon to be “Cantored,” as in Eric Cantor. His political career is over, but for a miracle, because he has so disrespected the will of the people, and as the leader of GOP, the convention certainly, he is to remain neutral and for him to already come out and say who he will not support was not a wise decision of his.”
Palin then went on to accuse Ryan of refusing to support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee because if Trump wins in November, it will ruin what she says is Ryan’s intention to run for the presidency in 2020.
In her loose argument, Sarah Palin got one huge fact incorrect.
Paul Ryan never said he will not support Trump. When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on The Lead whether he was ready to endorse Trump, Ryan replied, “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.”
“I think conservatives want to know: Does he share our values and our principles on limited government, the proper role of the executive, adherence to the Constitution? There’s a lot of questions that conservatives, I think, are going to want answers to.”
Ryan and Trump are scheduled to have a meeting this week, along with RNC chair Reince Priebus but mentioning that meeting doesn’t bode well with Sarah Palin’s narrative to put herself back in the spotlight.
Of course, we at PolitiStick think that Paul Ryan is a RINO in the same ilk of John “Bendover” Boehner and would love to see his opponent, businessman Paul Nehlen, unseat Ryan. Politics is often the case of strange bedfellows and we hope that Palin’s endorsement doesn’t have a negative effect on Nehlen’s fight to “Cantor” Paul Ryan.