Just a day after announcing her endorsement of Donald Trump over fellow Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, was absent from a campaign rally for the Republican frontrunner on Wednesday. The Trump campaign teased that a “very special guest” would appear alongside Trump. However, Trump gave a standard speech, critical of Ted Cruz without being joined by the former VP candidate. Palin shared the stage with Trump on Tuesday night in Ames, Iowa, to announce her endorsement of the real estate mogul. In a sometimes disjointed address to the crowd, Palin said Trump is “going rogue left and right.”
Trump campaign officials have remained hush on the mishap but is scheduled to hold a campaign rally at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. The two planned to travel together to two campaign stops: First a small venue in the Des Moines suburbs, then a big rally in Oklahoma, according to a campaign press release. An online invitation for the first event promised the appearance of a “special guest.”
Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in a text message on Wednesday morning that Palin was in Oklahoma City with him, ahead of the Tulsa rally, but he would not say why she did not join Trump in Norwalk, as was previously announced. Spokesmen for Palin have yet to return requests for comment. Trump encouraged his followers to caucus for him next month. He pledged to win caucuses.
If we can do well in Iowa, we’re going to run the table. If not, then I have to go, and we’ve got to win New Hampshire. Now, New Hampshire has been really strong — but they say bad psychological things happen if you lose.”
Trump’s biggest concern in Iowa right now is Cruz who continues to surge in early polls and collecting local endorsements. Trump warned his audience that if Cruz is elected, Democrats will likely sue and challenge his eligibility to be president, as Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. Trump also criticized Cruz for not properly disclosing two major bank loans he received, and accused him of purposely hiding the information.
What he wanted to do is say: I will protect you from Goldman-Sachs. I will protect you from Citbank. And I will protect you from the banks because I’m Robin Hood, and I’m this wonderful senator. What he did was wrong because he didn’t want you to know that he’s dealing with banks. … If he puts that down, then he’s just like all of the other guys. It’s wrong. It’s wrong. It’s really wrong.”
Trump’s crowd on Wednesday morning was far smaller than the massive rallies he usually holds, as he continues to experiment with doing more personal events ahead of the caucuses.