the palin endorsement
May 8, 2016

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) vowed in a Sunday interview with CNN's State of the Union to back House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) primary opponent.

Palin, a Donald Trump supporter, vouched for Paul Nehlen, who has endorsed the presumptive Republican nominee. Ryan, on the other hand, said Thursday that he's "not ready" to endorse Trump.

"This man is a hard-working guy, so in touch with the people," Palin said. "Paul Ryan and his ilk, their problem is they have become so disconnected by the people whom they are elected to represent."

The former vice presidential candidate predicted Ryan will be "Cantored," referring to then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) shocking 2014 primary upset at the hands of Dave Brat. Julie Kliegman

January 24, 2016

Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for president on Tuesday, and Saturday Night Live would never miss a chance to mock the former governor of Alaska. Tina Fey came on as Palin to endorse Trump, played by fellow SNL vet Darrell Hammond.

Hammond's Trump nailed his Palin assessment: "It's like her mouth starts driving before her brain gets in the car." Watch below. Julie Kliegman

January 20, 2016

John McCain says he has no hard feelings toward former running mate Sarah Palin for her endorsement of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race. "I respect her view," McCain said of Palin, who was McCain's pick for vice president in the 2008 race. "I have great affection and appreciation for her. I respect what she does."

McCain's acceptance of Palin's endorsement comes as a surprise to many, considering the ongoing feud between Trump and McCain. Trump made headlines in July when he criticized McCain's military record and his time spent as a prisoner of war. "I like people who weren't captured," Trump said, questioning whether McCain was actually a war hero.

McCain has since gotten in jabs about Trump, condemning his anti-Muslim rhetoric and accusing him of pandering to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But while McCain respects what Palin does, that doesn't mean he'll be following in her footsteps and endorsing Trump anytime soon. "I'm not considering anyone," he said. "I've got my own race to run." Becca Stanek

January 19, 2016

Donald Trump is teasing a "major announcement" and a "very special guest" at his campaign stop in Iowa later this afternoon, leading to quite a few rumors that Sarah Palin could be endorsing Trump.

Rumors started flying after a charter jet left Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, and landed in Des Moines, Iowa — which raised suspicions that the former Alaska governor was on board. However, according to The Washington Post, it's hardly a sure thing: The Anchorage plane left Des Moines for Tulsa within half an hour, meaning the Iowa stop could have just been a refuel before it reached its final destination.

But if a Palin endorsement is impending, it could be a major blow to Ted Cruz, who Palin backed during his initial bid for the Senate. A Cruz aide told Politico that he would be "deeply disappointed" if Palin indeed backed Trump. On CNN, Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler ranted that if Palin were to throw her weight behind Trump "it'd be a blow to Sarah Palin, because Sarah Palin has been a champion for the conservative cause, and if she was going to endorse Donald Trump, sadly, she would be endorsing someone who's held progressive views all their life on the sanctity of life, on marriage, on partial-birth abortion."

When Gallup last polled about Palin in 2013, only 35 percent of Americans viewed her positively — but an entire 61 percent of Republicans did, making her eventual endorsement all the more interesting. Jeva Lange

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