It appears as though Sarah Palin, once a limited-government TEA Party activist, might endorse Donald Trump. That’s a big deal because Mr. Trump is a big-government, special interest candidate portraying himself as a populist. Guy Benson was initially skeptical of the rumors until he saw a tweet that read “Palin’s jet following Trump campaign; endorsement imminent. Broken via flight records: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/TW”
It remains to be seen if Palin officially endorses Trump. If Palin officially endorses Mr. Trump, though, it would be a bit anti-climactic since she’s already told CNN that she wants to be Trump’s Energy Secretary. If Mrs. Palin endorses Trump, conservatives should question why she’s supporting a candidate that’s financially supported liberal candidates.
True TEA Party conservatives should also ask Mrs. Palin why she’d support a candidate who enthusiastically supported the TARP bailout of the banks. Specifically, they should ask whether that’s what a populist who’s looking out for the little guy would do or if that’s something that a well-connect Wall Street fat cat who wants special favors from government would do. Donald Trump enthusiastically supported TARP.
Sen. Cruz is attempting to highlight Trump’s corruption:
Cruz was then asked about Trump’s defense that he only donated this money because it was smart business. He responded, “Number one, if you’re looking for someone to take on the corruption of Washington. You should look to someone who has a record of standing up to the corruption of Washington, not someone who has been part of it, and whose explanation is, ‘Well, fine, I was buying politicians, but everybody does it.’ That’s not how you break the Washington cartel. You know what, I could just said, in Washington, ‘Well, I’ll go along to get along with Republican leadership, because everybody does it.’ That’s how we got this problem. Look, Donald Trump’s critique of me this morning is that I’m not going to be willing to make deals with the Democrats and go along to get along, and that’s what we need. If you agree with that, if you want yet another Republican to cozy up to Chuck Schumer, by the way he’s written checks to Chuck Schumer, I never have, then you ought to be backing him. But if you think we need Republicans who are willing to stand up to Washington, then this decision becomes. far far easier.”
It’s ironic that Trump bragged that he’s bought politicians during the first Fox News debate. At the time, Trump said he contributed to Hillary’s campaigns so that the Clintons would attend his wedding. Anyone that thinks that was Trump’s motivation is kidding themselves. He contributed the maximum amount to both of Mrs. Clinton’s campaigns, then contributed $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation because it was an investment he’d cash in if Hillary became president.
As for Mrs. Palin’s potential endorsement, Guy Benson put it best:
Should Palin’s endorsement both come to fruition…, and push Trump over the top, emotionalist nationalistic populism will have officially — perhaps temporarily — supplanted principled, policy-driven, limited-government conservatism as the dominant strain within the American right-wing.
It’s impossible to dispute that.