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    Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump, Rallying Conservatives

    Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump, Rallying Conservatives

    By MAGGIE HABERMANJAN. 19, 2016

    Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, will endorse Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, officials with his campaign confirmed. The endorsement provides Mr. Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses.

    “I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Ms. Palin said in a statement provided by his campaign.

    Her support is the highest-profile backing for a Republican contender so far.

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

    Mrs. Palin, who is to appear alongside Mr. Trump at a rally on the Iowa State University campus in Ames late Tuesday afternoon, could amplify the news media-circus aspects of Mr. Trump’s candidacy: Like him, she is a reality-TV star accustomed to playing to the cameras and often accused of emphasizing flash over substance.

    But Mrs. Palin, who despite her waning visibility within the Republican Party retains a sizable following, provides Mr. Trump with valuable new currency at a moment when he is being attacked over his conservative bona fides by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, with whom Mr. Trump is neck-and-neck in the Iowa polls.

    As Mr. Trump fends off questions about his “New York values” from Mr. Cruz, Mrs. Palin could help vouch for Mr. Trump’s credentials with skeptical conservatives.

    What’s more, while Mr. Trump has already shown the ability to garner wall-to-wall cable-news coverage, Mrs. Palin’s active involvement in his campaign could help him deprive Mr. Cruz of vital attention in the homestretch to the Feb. 1 caucuses.

    The two are not strangers. Mrs. Palin, Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, shared a pizza in New York in June 2011, when Mrs. Palin was considering a presidential run of her own and was making a bus tour around the country. (Mr. Trump was mocked at the time for using a knife and fork on his slice.)

    They also share a trusted operative: Mr. Trump’s national political director, Michael Glassner, was chief of staff to Mrs. Palin’s political action committee.

    And like Mr. Trump, Mrs. Palin has maverick tendencies. The mantra of her final weeks of the 2008 campaign was “going rogue,” as she defied instructions from aides to Senator John McCain of Arizona, the party’s presidential nominee.

    Little-known before Mr. McCain picked her as his running mate, Mrs. Palin ultimately eclipsed Mr. McCain in popularity. She has endured as a coveted endorser with an impressive fund-raising list.

    Mrs. Palin endorsed several of Mr. Trump’s Republican rivals in their statewide races, including Mr. Cruz in Texas and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Mr. Cruz, after his 2012 primary victory over the incumbent lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, said he would not have made it to the Senate without Mrs. Palin’s backing.

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    Palin Could Propel Trump in Iowa



    Wednesday, January 20, 2016 11:27 AM
    By: John Gizzi

    Insiders say Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump will be a big help for him in the Iowa caucuses.

    The former Alaska governor’s still-significant following among values voters would provide a big push on Feb. 1.

    “Every minute that Iowa value voters spend focused on her and not on Trump’s ‘New York values’ is good for the Manhattan billionaire,” Jon Fleischman, editor of the much-read “Flash Report” online newsletter on California politics, told me. “She has a definite following with some conservative circles.”

    Fleischman’s views were strongly echoed by Ed Martin, head of the pro-family Eagle Forum.

    “Of course she’ll help Trump,” said Martin, a former Missouri state GOP chairman. “Palin is well-liked by conservatives and is recognized as a conservative on life, guns, and the military.”

    Like several of the others I spoke to about Palin, Martin noted that the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee has a record of getting involved in primaries and more often than not, the candidates with her endorsement have won. GOP Sens. Kelly Ayotte in 2010 and Deb Fischer and Ted Cruz all carried Palin’s endorsement in the primary and all were winners. (Rival Cruz told reporters that in spite of Palin’s announcement, “I love Sarah Palin” and “without her support, I wouldn’t be in the Senate today.”)

    Palin endorsed another 2016 presidential hopeful, Carly Fiorina, during the businesswoman’s race against two opponents for the Republican Senate nomination in California in 2010 (which Fiorina won, although she lost the fall election that year). That same year, she also endorsed Nikki Haley when the then-state representative came out of nowhere to win a crowded GOP primary for governor of South Carolina. She went on to win the governorship.

    Michael Steele, former Republican National chairman, told me Palin “will be a tremendous help to Trump from the standpoint of having her serve as a counterpunch to the argument that Trump is not a conservative and at the same time blunting the momentum of Ted Cruz.”

    “The battle for Iowa is on,” said Steele, “and Trump just raised the stakes with ‘Mama Grizzly.’”

    Former Rep. John Linder, a past chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said he “doubted many people were undecided about Trump who will now jump on board because of this endorsement. There just aren’t that many on the right waiting for Palin to show them the way.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe2 View Post
    FOX POLL

    Q: Do you think endorsement from Sarah Palin will help or hurt Donald Trump?

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    Not Sure


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    Unfortunately I'll have to vote with the "won't impact it" crew.

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    If he uses her, as I hopefully think he should, to 1) secure Iowa, 2) then pump up OK 3) then get her into Cruz' home state, 4) get her into UT (where he's behind), and most importantly 5) KEEP HER OUTTA THE NORTHEAST, I see it as good
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    Palin takes heat from veterans for using son's arrest, PTSD to criticize Obama

    Published January 21, 2016 FoxNews.com

    Sarah Palin is taking heat from veterans for seeming to point the finger at President Obama over mental issues her son may be dealing with following his Iraq war service.

    Her son Track was arrested earlier this week on domestic violence charges, and Palin publicly addressed the case Wednesday during a post-endorsement appearance on the campaign trail for Donald Trump. She appeared to link his alleged behavior to post-traumatic stress disorder – and used it to criticize Obama’s veteran policies.


    But Paul Rieckhoff, the head of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), criticized the former Alaska governor’s comments Wednesday night.


    He tweeted: “We need more programs and less politics to battle PTSD.”


    Speaking with NBC News
    , he also said, “"It's not President Obama's fault that Sarah Palin's son has PTSD.”


    He called PTSD a “very serious problem” and reportedly urged Palin not to “politicize” it.


    "I hope this doesn't become a portable chew toy in a political campaign," he said, according to NBC News.


    The comments touched off a Twitter exchange with other military servicemembers concerned about Palin’s remarks.

    One, who identified as a retired Army veteran, said her comments could cause “perceptual problems & future treatment issues” for those diagnosed with PTSD.


    Palin addressed the “elephant in the room” – her son’s arrest – at her first stop on the campaign trail for Trump after endorsing him Tuesday.


    “My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different,” she said in Tulsa, Okla. “They come back hardened. They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military have sacrificially given to this country and that starts at the top.”


    Palin said military members look at Obama and question whether he knows the sacrifices they make to “secure America and to secure freedoms.”


    “So when my own son is going through what he is going through coming back, I can certainly relate with other families who kinda feel these ramifications of some PTSD,” she said.


    Track, a 26-year-old Iraq veteran, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of domestic violence assault, interfering with a report of domestic violence crime and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.


    According to the police affidavit posted by KTVA-TV, officers were called to the residence Monday night following two 911 calls – the first from Track’s girlfriend and the second from him.


    The woman claimed Track had “punched her in the face and that a firearm was involved,” according to police records.


    The charges against Track were filed the same day Palin appeared at an Ames, Iowa, rally to endorse Trump, the current GOP frontrunner.

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    Military veterans take Sarah Palin to task for blaming son’s domestic violence arrest on PTSD

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    Sarah Palin’s baseless implication that President Obama is somehow responsible for her son, Track’s, recent arrest over a domestic violence incident and her description of his violent assault as a “ramification[] of PTSD” is getting major push-back not only from theWhite House but by several military veterans and veteran advocacy groups.


    The progressive group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) released a statement criticizing Palin’s haphazard deployment of blame to dismiss her son’s serious charges. “PTSD is a serious subject which should not be politicized or used as a political talking point. It’s certainly not President Obama’s fault–nor President’s Bush’s fault–that Sarah Palin’s son has PTSD,” IAVA head Paul Rieckhoff wrote on Thursday.

    Other veterans took to Twitter to express their dismay and displeasure with Palin’s casual PTSD reference.


    Former Marine Corp officer Phil Klay:

    Former U.S. Army infantry officer Nate Bethea:


    Former U.S. Army infantry officer Brandon Friedman:


    “The sacrifices that many of our men and women in uniform make for our safety and security are not a joke,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Thursday in response to Palin’s allegation.

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