I am sure there are a great many conservatives who were deeply disappointed with Sarah Palin’s screeching endorsement of Donald Trump yesterday. It was hard on the ears and harder on the heart. If anything, Palin and Trump made Mr. Cruz look more presidential.
I do question her motives, because Trump is many things, but he is not a conservative. He isn’t. And that was always Palin’s touchstone — true conservatism. Until now.
“I think it [would] 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,” Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said on CNN’s “New Day.”
I was an early supporter of Palin. I liked her a lot. She appeared to be tough, real and ethical. I thought the RINO establishment and the enemedia did a real number on her. Which is what they do. But she fell short — terribly short. She quit the Governorship of Alaska. She quit. Who quits? What happened to, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”? Lord knows I have been smeared, defamed, and libeled. My good name has been dragged through the mud because of my stand for freedom and against jihad and sharia. I won’t list here the litany of abuse I’ve suffered over the past 15 years. My point is, I would never quit. No matter what.
When Palin quit, I just didn’t get it. I did have some inkling that she wasn’t what she appeared to be during the Ground Zero Mosque controversy. You recall how I held those enormous rallies against the mosque. I had John Bolton, Andrew Breitbart, Geert Wilders and a host of other notables speak.
I had asked Sarah Palin to speak or, if her schedule did not allow her to appear in person, to give us a video or written statement to be read by the 911 family members. And she agreed to give us a statement. 911 family members were only too happy to read her statement. I asked her repeatedly for the statement. She never gave it to us. The 9/11 family members were deeply disappointed. The controversy got too hot for her. She was a coward. I think that’s why she quit the governorship. She didn’t have the stones. She turned out to be, when the going got tough, a phony.
The Trump endorsement reeks of opportunism. She thinks he is going to win. She wants on that train.
Cruz holds the conservative position in his opposition to ethanol subsidies, a tough but principled position to take in Iowa. But that’s why Governor Branstad of Iowa came out against Cruz yesterday. Branstad’s son is paid by the ethanol lobby, and has been trailing candidates demanding they support ethanol. Does Palin support that?
Cruz stood with us after we were attacked by jihadis in Garland, Texas. Trump attacked us. Does Palin support that?
Trump is a big donor to the Clinton Foundation. Does Palin support that?
Whether Palin still has the influence in conservative circles that she once did remains to be seen, but I think that her endorsement of Trump damages her far more than it does Cruz.
UPDATE: Graph thanks to Doug Ross: