I was skeptical earlier today, but she did it. I wondered on Tammy Radio Live, that this would be more likely if Ted Cruz had done something that alienated her personally. If that was the case, there’s no reason to not endorse Trump as he’s the only other candidate she’d consider. So, we have it. Here’s part of the early coverage and as soon as we get video from the rally announcement we’ll post it.

I’m still ambivalent, but I do know I’m for either Cruz or Trump, but of course will vote for whomever is the nominee. I’m curious to see your thoughts on this.

Via Daily Caller.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday: “I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president.”

The announcement comes after two days of speculation that the 2008 Republican presidential nominee would back the New York businessman. It’s likely the biggest endorsement Trump has won at this point.

“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” Trump said in a statement. “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.”

The endorsement is a disappointment for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is battling for the top spot in Iowa with Trump. Prior to Tuesday, Palin had spoken positively of both candidates.

Palin’s daughter, Bristol, took Tyler’s comment as a slight against her mother, penning a blog post saying: “After hearing what Cruz is now saying about my mom, in a negative knee-jerk reaction, makes me hope my mom does endorse Trump. Cruz’s flip-flop, turning against my mom who’s done nothing but support and help him when others sure didn’t, shows he’s a typical politician. How rude to that he’s setting up a false narrative about her!”


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  1. rosebud2186 says:

    This is so strange! Smart move on Trump’s part….what is Sarah thinking? Ted is still my fav.

  2. flaggman says:

    I’m afraid this says something about Ted. She does not see him as being the answer to breaking the monopoly of the Permanent Political Class. If she sees breaking that monopoly as America’s only hope to sustain freedom, then Trump is the only choice indeed. Now he has the #1 asset for any GOP candidate on board – someone who can rally a crowd like no one else, who has a following like no one else, who can grab a news cycle like no one else. I too was very skeptical of Trump at first, but now with Sarah on board I’m all in on the Trump Train.

    • kwilder says:

      Very well said flaggman. I was totally behind Ted, but I respect Sarah’s perspective quite a bit. I watched her endorsement and she had a lot of good points and made a lot of sense. I plan on giving Trump another look.

  3. chipster1999 says:

    It seems very odd to me that Sarah Palin would endorse Trump, but that’s her prerogative to do what she wants. I am still a Ted Cruz supporter regardless of who she chooses to support. Unfortunately Sarah has really perplexed me by her choice when she is supposed to be this great conservative and then she chooses Trump.

  4. Kitten says:

    I’ll admit, when I heard about the Palin endorsement of Trump, my stomach sank. 🙁 While I don’t completely trust Trump, I do trust Palin. And, since she’s clearly not running herself (my 1st and only favorite), I’ll be voting for the eventual Republican nominee.

    • AL says:

      I’m wondering what Cruz did to lose Sarah so early the race. As Tammy quickly noticed, Palin even chose to mention Paul in her speech, which could be seen as adding salt to the wound. Palin has made many endorsements I haven’t always agreed with, like continuing to support McCain and Hatch. Some have worked out, and some have sold out. Palin knows the Establishment can be hard to ignore….I’m sure Nikki Haley (another Palin candidate) can speak to this fact, so it’ll be interesting to see if Trump prevails in winning the White House what kind of leader he turns out to be. For our Country’s sake, let’s hope he’s not a sell out.

      • sandyl says:

        I don’t believe it was Cruz that did anything. You want to think that he must have, because why else would Palin abandon him? Let’s remember tho, that Palin has the habit of abandonment. I think this was her decision for personal reasons that benefit her. She’s going with the populist vote. As for mentioning Rand instead of Cruz, I think that is guilt, and she doesn’t want to admit she is selling out…again. This is coming from someone who LOVED Sarah, but she has broken my heart too many times. Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me two, three, four times shame on us.

  5. Maynard says:

    I had expected something would come along to derail a President Trump, but I’m starting to wonder.

    Rush Limbaugh’s take: “The Establishment Sidles Up to Trump?”.

    RUSH: So as I was saying last week, we had the establishment, who’s been upset at me for not taking on Trump, all of a sudden now deciding to sidle up to Trump. That’s the story, or that’s the news. There were stories left and right about how the establishment’s decided that it’s gonna be Trump, and they want it to be Trump. They don’t want to it to be Cruz, because Cruz is conservative. That’s why they don’t like him. They also don’t like Cruz because he’s better than they are. They don’t like Cruz because he’s smarter than they are.

    They don’t like Cruz ’cause he’s committed to it.

    When they say — and this is what they’re saying. The establishment’s saying, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. We can make deals with Trump. We can coexist with Trump.” What they mean by that is that they think they can peacefully coexist with Trump because they can moderate Trump or make deals with him that are not ideological in nature. But they know, they are fairly certain, that Cruz is not gonna compromise what he believes in order to strike deals or have peaceful relations with ’em, to have a relationship. That scares them…

    This is interesting; a Washington Examiner article, “Trump declines to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel”. Could mean anything or nothing.

    Donald Trump was heavily booed Thursday after refusing to say whether he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    “Can I at least try and pin you down on Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel?” an event organizer at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2016 presidential forum asked the leading GOP candidate.

    “Yeah, go ahead …” Trump responded, seemingly looking to change topics.

    “No, is that a position you support?” the organizer shot back.

    “You know what I want to do — I want to wait until I meet with Bibi … I just want to,” Trump said, referring to an upcoming meeting between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which he announced during a campaign rally Wednesday.

    His response was a met with a loud boo from the majority of the crowd.

    Peggy Noonan had earlier offered an odd analogy.

    I have been seeing my friends go through the five stages of Trump, which are like the Kübler-Ross stages of grief. The first is denial (“He’s going nowhere, he’s a farce”). Second is anger (“This vulgar slob of a fool has some nerve messing with the American electoral process for his own enjoyment”). Next, bargaining (“If we make him promise to support the party if he doesn’t win, and he refuses, won’t that ruin him with the base?”). Then depression (“He’s a reality-TV star! He has the hair of an abnormal person! He’s our next president? I must have picked the wrong year to give up hallucinogens”). And finally acceptance (“We’ve had worse”—a Democratic political professional actually said that to me).

    And of course the Weekly World News had a salient take on the subject.

  6. dennisl59 says:

    Sorry to say that EVERY speech or interview with Trump I’ve seen and heard makes me wonder if he(or his support staff) actually hears and listens to the words, phrases and statements he speaks. To my ear, he is incoherent, rambling, vague, unfocused, bad vocabulary and just uses and repeats banal catch phrases, and he’s got the lead in the polls? We’ve been reduced to listening to this? Whew…

    We just finished listening to Palin’s endorsement speech and I don’t recall her being so shrill, uncomfortably loud and annoying…not impressed. Used to be a huge fan of hers, but why did she decide that Trump would be ‘her guy’?

    But I’m happy for Cruz; he didn’t need this endorsement/headache/baggage, in my opinion. I’d be interesting to read what other TAM’s think about this political bombshell.

    posted 1/19 647pm Texas[Cruz Country]Time

    • mdannyg says:

      I totally agree. I have never heard any clips of him actually completing a sentence. I still cant take him seriously. I’m not saying he’s not serious, but I still wouldn’t be at all surprised if he announced the whole thing was a joke.

      Also, if she hadn’t endorsed him, I can only imagine the things he would have said about her…

  7. Teri says:

    To keep it simple I understand where Sarah is coming from. I feel it. I do not want a politician. Period. Just think back to the mid terms. What in the living hell has any of these people done in the last 20 years ? I will take my chance on Trump. He talks straight up. He does not give a hoot about p/c or what anyone thinks of him. A bit arrogant ? So what. Should that be a factor at this point and time in what America has become this past 7 years ? Like Tammy mentioned, we are not electing a boyfriend. I am willing to take a chance on Trump. I have had enough and am at my wits end with the establishment. I will support the republican ticket even if one of those others get the nod but I won’t hold my breath on anything changing. (Exception-Carly) As for those yellow belly freaks like Brad Marrs who said he will write in if Trump is the nominee, your vote will be for Hillary. Grow up.

    • sandyl says:

      Teri, I hear your point, but we’ve had an arrogant, thin-skinned President for the last 7 years. Unfortunately, while I liked Trump at first, I was skeptical. Now, because I hear no details from Trump, I have deja vu….”Make America Great Again” / “Hope and Change.” I heard the same argument as yours back then tool, but it didn’t turn out so well did it?

  8. hektor says:

    Trump said today that he will “make deals” with congress behind closed doors. Since when have the Democrats made deals with Republicans unless it required a cave in by the Republicans? Is Trump going to sit down with the likes of Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid? Really? He says he never loses. What is going to happen when Schumer says no?

  9. Chuck says:

    I follow this simple rule: “Don’t fall in love with a politician. They’ll break your heart every time.”

    Ever since Sarah decided to be a full-time TV personality instead of running in 2012, I have not cared about her endorsements, or frankly about any of what she does. For me her opinion is just that, her opinion. A lot of people still trust and follow her, so we’ll see if this will help the Donald in Iowa.

  10. BarbaraM says:

    I just had to post how disappointed I am in Sarah Palin. I really used to like her, but she disappointed me by many of her past actions, like not running for President, and getting her and her children involved in the reality TV and DWTS.
    She did sound really shrill dippy dopey in this endorsement.
    Just a media wh*** like The Donald.
    Cruz/Carly 2016

  11. dennisl59 says:

    Here’s an example of where Trump says nothing in the first four(4) minutes except the usual sales conference room small talk. He doesn’t know how to speak proper, grammatically correct, complete sentences in American English. Where 0bama is the Conman, Trump is the Huckster.

    posted 1/19 936pm Texas[Cruz Country]Time

  12. sandyl says:

    I am totally against Trump, because he has shown his liberal side. Liberals don’t debate their ideas, they eliminate their competition. To say one time Cruz is great and then say he’s a really “nasty guy” means Donald’s a liar. We don’t need another thin-skinned man in the White House, who gets bent out of shape every time something bad is said about him. The more I see and hear no real details from Trump on how he’ll “make America great again,” the more I remember “Hope and Change.”

    As far as Sarah Palin is concerned, I am done with her! Three strikes, she’s out. She has betrayed our trust too many times, just to turn around and become a TV star. Now she betrays the only true conservative in the race; that’s the last straw. Her opinion is meaningless to me now, because she hasn’t been really been in this fight for some time now. But apparently she thinks we still care.

    • BarbaraM says:

      Well said!! The problem is how to get people to realize this and stop them before they follow Trump like a bunch of lemmings over the cliff!!
      Also, how can Palin endorse someone who made fun of a disabled person…shameful!

  13. Minnie says:

    As far as Sarah Palin’s endorsement . To me its more sbout the content of her message . I followed Carly Fiorina from the beginning & suffice it to say her message has been consistent & articulate all along & I think she had what it takes to be President. However I wonder if she would be able to charm & cajole the insiders in DC. AKA establishment. Nor does Cruz. So that leaves now a few. This is only beginnning folks & we’ll see which candidate can either get it or step in it . But as voters we need to unite because a country under Hillary or Bernie would be devastated. We also need to give the younger people enamored with the menu of socialist promises a chance to mature & live in a productive self sustaining country ! People also need to decide what is most important for them to live their lives & what kind of country in whicj they want to live . It hit home to me today when I heard Amir Hekmati express his desire to just return home to America. And when Tammy reported that the 7 Iranian-americans were given the option to return to Iran. While they should be deported it does not surprise me they chose to stay vs. face what msy likely would not end well in Iran . Sorry this is so long !

  14. dennisl59 says:

    You have to ask yourself why is Palin sticking her nose into this mess when there’s chaos going on in her family? Does Trump know things are out of control in Wasilla? Does he think the press will ignore all of this and then question his judgement?

    By the way, his stupid, vain comb over bangs are getting on my nerves too.

    posted 1/19 1005pm Texas[New York Values]Time

  15. hektor says:

    My God, I heard her speech today and I was reminded why I hate that speech pattern – not her, but the voice

  16. Ginger says:

    I have supported Trump from the “get-go,” and I am thrilled that Sarah Palin has endorsed him! She will be a great asset to him, and he is wise enough to realize that. They both have charisma and a fire in the belly! They are both people persons.

    Trump has managed to capture the angst, yet also the heart of a nation. He wants to make real change, not Obama change, and she can help rally support for him. She is a great cheerleader for the people, and perhaps that is her greatest gift.

  17. ancientwrrior says:

    I listened to her entire speech tonight but felt that there was something off. Can’t quite put my finger on it but there was a certain fire missing in Sarah’s speaking. I don’t know if I am being jaded or what but I feel like I’m on a train that has taken a wrong track. My inner compass tells me not to doubt myself on this, guess I’ll see if I was correct, but I hope I’m wrong.

  18. bellalu0 says:

    Trump is the one who can win. And we must win. He wants to win – bad. He’s taking it one step at a time. Right now he wants to win in Iowa and Sarah can help him do that.

    I believe and am convinced he is for America like no other.

  19. Alain41 says:

    Very good for Trump. Counters the Trump is a misogynist meme which has and can hurt his campaign. I think that after Cruz took the lead in Iowa, Trump continuously made offers to Palin until she finally said, okay now’s the time. Also, mocks some those endorsements that Jeb has been getting, and that no one cares about. In the future, any other candidate getting an endorsement will be compared to this one and come up short.

  20. MaryVal says:

    Palin is still trying to cash in on her failed run for VP with the Wackobird. Trump is getting the most attention and looking like the nominee. I’m sorry, all, I know many of you still like Palin; but I have zero respect left for her, for quite some time. She’s looking for increased income and possibly a job in a Trump administration. The daughter Bristol has a post knocking Cruz on her blog, I want to say, stop it. Shut up, and sit down, all of you. The daughter has not demonstrated the best judgment in her personal decisions or her character judgment. She follows up her criticism of Cruz with a sales pitch for her mom’s latest book. Mama Sarah and Bristol Boo Boo. Just …… stop it. Palin’s endorsement changes nothing. I will vote for the Republican nominee.

  21. midget says:

    I trust Sarah Palin. I watched her on C-Span recently promoting her new book,
    “Sweet Freedom” and she said then that she would support an outsider in the race that could beat Hillary. One thing to remember about how she leads her life,she
    is a prayerful person who puts herself in God’s hands. He directs her and she follows. Her family may not, but they have their free will to do so or not.
    Our heroes do disappoint but I’d trust her instincts. She is privy to how the
    RINO’s could destroy Ted but not Trump.

  22. deaves1 says:

    When the Governor came out and actually endorsed Trump I was completely stunned. She’s smarter than the average bear and must see something in Trump I do not see. It’s her choice and I’m OK with it. I will get behind whomever the nominee ends up being. I do know one thing for sure, I am sick and tired of the establishment jamming their pick down our throats. We the People pick better nominees than the establishment does. When is the last time an establishment pick has won a General election?

  23. Pat_S says:

    I had great expectations when the Tea Party came into being. I too was mad as hell and not going to take it any more. The 2012 roster was the turning point for me. One unelectable joke of an I’m-not-Romney candidate after another became the base’s favorite until they devoured each other. People fell in love with anger. Insult is music to their ears. Religiosity is intoxicating. Whatever candidate can tap into that draws a crowd of enthusiastic supporters. Electability doesn’t seem to matter or there’s a mistaken perception of what a national electorate will accept.

    Donald Trump’s sustained success is astounding. Astounding in how deftly he manipulates the base. It was a quick launch after bashing Mexicans. I thought it would be a flash in the pan. I didn’t even believe Trump was serious about wanting to be president. He is very smart and can read people. He is superb at giving the conservative crowds what they want to hear and the frenzy intensifies.

    If for some reason Trump starts to decline or worse, if he actually becomes president, I predict he will turn his sharp tongue and acerbic wit on the people to whom he no long needs to pander.

    Anyone who loves eminent domain isn’t a conservative. I don’t believe he is beholden to any flavor of politics. He is an egotist beholden to himself. He doesn’t build bridges, he uses stepping stones. I suspect his mornings start much like Salvador Dali who is quoted as saying:

    “Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy — the joy of being Salvador Dalí — and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today?”

    It seems to me the Republican base wants an American version of Putin—nationalistic, militaristic, uncompromising, fearsome and, yes, religious. The following is a quote from Putin.

    First and foremost we should be governed by common sense. But common sense should be based on moral principles first. And it is not possible today to have morality separated from religious values.

    That’s stuff to make a real contender in Republican primaries.

    We mustn’t confuse qualities. Insult isn’t strength. Recklessness isn’t boldness. Arrogance isn’t pride.

    Lastly, if Sarah Palin makes a difference in 2016, the base has learned nothing.

    • ancientwrrior says:

      Pat, I feel that you are coming from the same place I am. Most people seem to be swayed by the external words and actions of the players in this contest. I feel that we should look with better eyes at people (look within them, past their external shells to see the real person within). Are they really interested in our betterment, or their own selves.

  24. Fran says:

    What a disappointment from Sarah Palin, Donald Trump obviously does not care about individual freedoms. He is so thin skinned any criticism causes him to turn on people like a rabid dog. I’ve seen no evidence that he has any interest in reducing the federal government. We’ve already had somebody like that for the last two terms, I think we should try to elect a true small government conservative like Cruz.

  25. hektor says:

    Pat S, you said it much better than I ever could. I was tired of Palin a long time ago. Resigning from her Governor’s job ought to be something to give Trump a reason to pause in accepting her endorsement, since he says he never loses and likes winning.

    • midget says:

      Gov. Palin was forced to resign in a way because of several frivolous
      lawsuits brought against her from enemies. She said they would cost millions of dollars to fight them, tying up her time & the governments issues. She handed her office to the Lt Gov for the good of the state of Alaska. After she left, the lawsuits were dropped.

  26. n9zf says:

    I admired Palin in the past and so I am prone to give this time to settle before I form an opinion. Almost nothing in this cycle, especially, can be taken at first glance.

  27. Los2000 says:

    To quote Han Solo,

    “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

  28. tamcat says:

    Once again the media is driving the frenzy about Trump. I clearly do not trust Palin’s judgement after this. It seems Palin and Trump are just showmen. Remember not all Palin’s endorsements have produced true Tea Party Patriots to our congress and Senate. Orin Hatch, Renee Elmers, to name two. I am a Cruz supporter but, will vote for the egotistical, narcissist, and deal maker Donald Trump if he is the nominee. We don’t need a deal maker in the white house. There have been enough deals done in Washington, especially with the back stabbing Republicans in power. Donald Trump is not the only man that can secure the border and enforce immigration laws. However Donald may be the only one who can acquire Democrat voters. Making deals does not make a leader.

  29. Kimj7157 says:

    Palin broke my heart, but she has always been right on the money whenever she’s written about what’s been going on these last long 7 years. Her delivery wasn’t the best, but I agree with what she said, and think she is being genuine.

    Trump is a force, whether people like it or not. He’s not a polished politician and speech maker. He speaks off the cuff and from the heart. I appreciate that. And as far as details–until you get into the oval office, you can’t know all the facts on any matter or all the resources that will now be at your disposal. I think Trump is smart enough to surround himself with the very best people to help him make the best decisions for our country. Candidates can give all the details they want right now, but that doesn’t mean that’s what they will actually do/be able to do as president.

    And Cruz–I’ve always appreciated him, but something just isn’t ringing true anymore. I know that’s incredibly vague. Just a gut reaction now.

    If I remember correctly,Tammy made a comment some months back about Trump perhaps being a
    reset button for the Republican Party. I’ve never forgotten that. Is he a perfect down the line conservative? No. But he’s conservative in a lot of areas that count. And I don’t trust the Republican establishment AT ALL–period. Bring on the reset.

    • Maynard says:

      That’s one argument, and I can’t dismiss it: Trump, whatever his merits and demerits, is the shock treatment the Republican Party and the nation so desperately needs.

      • hektor says:

        Maynard & Kim, there is one undeniable fact and that is that Trump owes nobody in the GOP or the DNC. Not a nickel. No payback, no throw me a bone. He doesn’t need their money. How are Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi going to attack him? I almost feel sorry for them in the event of a Trump presidency.

  30. Maynard says:

    This article, in Red State, doesn’t mince words. “Go Home, Sarah. You’re Drunk”

  31. Maynard says:

    Peggy Noonan has just published an opinion piece (behind the paywall) in the Wall Street Journal, “Palin and the GOP’s Uncertain Trumpeters”. I always appreciate Noonan’s attempts to put events in proper perspective. Here she acknowledges Trump’s successes and asks how he might be challenged on the issue of gravitas. If a “serious” Republican opponent wants to challenge Trump rather than to merely dismiss him (Jeb Bush says he’s “a jerk” and “unhinged”; this attitude precludes any acknowledgment of Trumpian legitimacy), some questions/challenges should be asked/raised. From Noonan’s post:

    What is Trumpism? Define it.

    What’s wrong with Trumpism? Tell us. Is it a threat? To what?

    Is it an attitude and not a plan? In a country split down the middle between leftish and rightish, why would it be harmful to have a new category?

    If Mr. Trump is not a conservative, why is that bad? That is, what’s good about conservatism? Why is it pertinent and necessary? If the GOP base is a big, broad jumble that includes people reliant on entitlements who also see progressive social ambitions as destructive to the nation, how does conservatism speak to them?

    What do you imagine a Trump presidency would look like? His supporters think he’ll go in there and clean out the stables. Would he? Could he? Can you?

    What’s wrong with a little disorder? Does Trumpism enliven our political life with zest and unpredictability, or does it diminish our political life with unthinking emotionalism and shallowness?

    Why is it important that a president have previous governmental experience? (Here I will add that I have seen longtime officeholders start out with fire and idealism, only in time to learn too well what isn’t possible. “We can’t get that through.” “We lost on that one last time.” They quietly give up; their sense of reality becomes a lethargic pessimism. Mr. Trump, new to political office, would not know what’s impossible. Leaders like that, if they also have talent, wisdom, popularity and organization, can occasionally make the impossible happen. Is it worth the chance?)

    Most important, did Mr. Trump come from nowhere? Did the GOP establishment make any mistakes the past 15 years? If so, how can the damage be repaired? Was the Republican elite, like the Democratic one, essentially uninterested in the eroding power and position of the American working class? Were GOP leaders insensitive, cynical and selfish regarding public disapproval of and anxieties about illegal immigration?

    What do you see when you look at Trumpism? Aside from what Robert Oppenheimer saw when the bomb exploded: “I am become death, destroyer of worlds.” Is Trumpism in part a hopeful tendency, or just a throwing in of the towel?

  32. Maynard says:

    Thomas Sowell has a new column, “Do Emotions Trump Facts?”

    Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics. It is still a puzzle to me how millions of patriotic Americans could have voted in 2008 for a man who for 20 years — TWENTY YEARS — was a follower of a preacher who poured out his hatred for America in the most gross gutter terms.

    Today’s big puzzle is how so many otherwise rational people have become enamored of Donald Trump, projecting onto him virtues and principles that he clearly does not have, and ignoring gross defects that are all too blatant…

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