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President Donald Trump announced that he is endorsing Sarah Palin in a statement released Sunday.
Sarah Palin formerly served as governor of Alaska and became the first female Republican vice presidential nominee during Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. Palin announced Friday that she is now running to fill a vacancy left by the late Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.
In his endorsement of Palin, Trump said, “Wonderful patriot Sarah Palin of Alaska just announced that she is running for Congress, and that means there will be a true America First fighter on the ballot to replace the late and legendary Congressman Don Young.”
Trump explained Palin “shocked” many Republicans when she became one of the first high-profile Republicans to endorse his historic 2016 presidential campaign. Palin endorsed Trump before the critical Iowa primary election. He added, “Now, it’s my turn!”
“Sarah has been a champion for Alaska values, Alaska energy, Alaska jobs, and the great people of Alaska,” said Trump. “She was one of the most popular Governors because she stood up to corruption in both State Government and the Fake News Media.”
Her strong commitment to conservative values despite intense opposition is undoubtedly a contributing factor to Trump’s endorsement of her campaign.
Trump added that Palin’s role in McCain’s 2008 presidential bid pulled his campaign “out of the dumps.” She “had to endure some very evil, stupid, and jealous people within the campaign itself. They were out to destroy her, but she didn’t let that happen,” he continued.
“Sarah Palin is tough and smart and will never back down, and I am proud to give her my Complete and Total Endorsement, and encourage all Republicans to unite behind this wonderful person and her campaign to put America First!” the 45th president announced.
Alaska’s congressional vacancy is important to the state of Alaska and the late Rep. Young’s legacy, as he was the longest-serving Republican in the House of Representatives. Palin understands this, saying, “I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by offering myself up in the name of service to the state he loved and fought for.”
In her campaign announcement, Palin stated, “America is at a tipping point,” and, “I knew I had to step up and join the fight.” Palin’s bid for Congress has attracted nationwide media attention as she joins a large field of more than 40 Republican candidates ahead of the June 11 primary election.