Former Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign event, Saturday, April 2, in Racine, Wisc. | AP Photo
Sarah Palin assailed fellow Republicans on Friday for failing to support Donald Trump as their party’s presumptive nominee, suggesting that they feel “threatened.” Her message: You’re either with us or you’re against us.
“That gang, they call themselves Never hashtag, whatever, I just call ‘em Republicans Against Trump, or RAT for short,” the former governor of Alaska and 2008 vice presidential candidate told attendees of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, ahead of Trump’s address.
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Those Republicans, she continued, “want to take their [Denver] Nuggets ball home and stay home instead of vote because their guy didn’t win this time around. Now, you know, I shouldn’t call them thumbsuckers because they’re not all bad. I’m kidding. They are,” Palin said. “And Hillary [Clinton] thanks them because she cannot win without them.”
As for the flagging effort to deny Trump the nomination later this month at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Palin was blunt.
“This isn’t a game, nor some drama to be played out on the convention stage. No, they’re playing with dynamite and arming those opposed to the planks in the platform on which Lincoln and Reagan stood,” she said of Republicans opposed to Trump. “We’re talking about the direction of our country, our children’s future, the direction of the Supreme Court, all of this hinging on the next election. And at such a time as this, you cannot be lukewarm. We’re going to take our country back, and you are either with us or against us.”
Palin peppered her speech with unequivocal praise of Trump, who she called a “revolutionary.”
“Thinking Americans thought and watched Donald Trump rip the veil off a rigged system that has betrayed your everyday, hard-workin’, garden-variety, ticked-off American. And there are more of us than the disconnected left can ever even fathom,” Palin remarked.
While Trump’s rallies are “rowdy,” “fun,” “energizing,” and “all about winning,” Palin said, “the left’s rallies” are “cranky, demanding [and] shrill.”
“’Vote for me. I make no sense and I’ll never have to explain myself, but vote for me, and you’ll get all this free stuff,'” Palin said, imitating the Democratic candidates. “Those rallies? Hey, that’s what happens when every kid gets a trophy.”
Even with the GOP’s intraparty squabbles, Palin said, she is “glad the tent is growing, with people understanding you know, these common-sense, time-tested principles and truths that will make America great again. We’ll apply those.”
“We just needed that revolutionary who’s in the right position to lead us to that,” Palin said of Trump.