Donald Trump has elevated willful ignorance and anti-intellectualism to the highest office in the country, but he didn’t simply come out of nowhere. In many ways, the 2008 presidential campaign of the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was a precursor to our current nightmare as seen in his decision to choose Sarah Palin, then Governor of Alaska, as his running mate. The decision ended up backfiring as Palin was revealed to be one of the most clueless, unqualified individuals to ever run for executive office.
While she luckily didn’t reach the White House, she’s still a fixture in the rapidly radicalizing conservative movement, having played a part in both the harebrained Tea Party movement and the election of Donald Trump. Now, she’s surged once more into the limelight with comments about her former running mate.
The Daily Mail reports that during an appearance on Good Morning Britain, she was asked why she wasn’t at McCain’s funeral. She immediately launched into a rambling, aggrieved rant in which she threw blame left and right and refused to do any kind of introspection.
“I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral. I think that was an unnecessary step. They [the McCains] didn’t have to embarrass me and embarrass others. It wasn’t just me it was other good people in our campaign back in 2008 who were very, very loyal to Senator McCain and worked with him and for him for many years and they weren’t invited to the funeral,” said Palin.”
“So that was all weird you know, it was all, I don’t know, I hope that doesn’t happen to other people. It’s unnecessary and it’s kind of a gut punch,” she continued.
She went on to provide a slew of excuses for her failed Vice Presidential run and for the broadly negative reputation she has developed in much of the country. She also failed to discuss how her continued support of Donald Trump may have been what alienated the McCain family from her, given the fact that the president continues to smear and feud with John McCain even after his passing.
“It’s been bizarre. When I was tapped to run as the first woman VP candidate on the Republican ticket, I had nearly 90 percent approval rating as the governor of the largest state,” said Palin. She went on to whine about the “many snakes” in politics and the GOP in general and claimed that she was used as a “scapegoat” for McCain’s “crappy” campaign.
Palin went on to praise Donald Trump and throw her support behind his reelection, demonstrating that she has learned absolutely nothing over the past few years and shouldn’t be taken seriously in any sense. She has and always will be a cruel joke played on the American people.