What Is Sarah Palin Doing Now?
Palin and family remain in spotlight
Noteworthy not only for her role as first female governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin was also the vice-presidential choice of 2008 Republican candidate John McCain, making her the first Alaskan to appear in a presidential campaign. Since her resignation as governor, in 2009, Sarah Palin has remained firmly in the spotlight, as has her family.
Noting that they bill themselves as the "all American family," on December 18, CNN reported on how 28-year-old Track Palin was arrested for "beating up his father." The son of the former governor was said to have called the arresting officers "peasants." Sarah Palin reportedly attributed the situation to her son "freaking out" as a result of "some type of medication," in addition to a quantity of beer.
Palin has formerly made statements with regard to her son's past behavior and his military service.
"What my own son is going through, what he is going through coming back, I can relate to other families who feel ramifications of PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with," the mother was quoted. "And it makes me realize, more than ever, it is now or never for the sake of America's finest that we have that commander in chief who will respect them and honor them."
In May 2016, Sarah Palin told CNN's Jake Tapper of her plan to oust Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan if he didn't throw his support behind then-presumptive party presidential candidate Donald Trump. As of December 2017, Ryan continues to serve as the house speaker.
In January of that year, Palin announced her own support for the former reality show star, as reported by the Guardian.
"Media heads are spinning," the former Alaskan governor said on the day she proclaimed her support at a Trump rally at Iowa State University. "This is gonna be. So. Much. Fun."
What is Sarah Palin doing now?
Palin: 'Packing,' so no need to worry about sexual assault
When accusations of sexual misconduct were first made against U.S. Senator Al Franken, Sarah Palin was asked about the situation by NBC News.
"It's amazing what happened, today. It's very important that we're consistent and that double standards aren't being applied," Sarah Palin responded. She was silent with regard to the issue of President Trump and the Access Hollywood tape with Billy Bush, as featured with Vox, not to mention numerous other accusations. Though he has previously appeared to verify the authenticity of the tape, the president is said to now be attempting to discredit them.
"It's not a partisan issue," Palin said of sexual harassment.
The former politician was then asked if she has ever been the victim of sexual harassment, herself.
"I think a whole lot of people probably know that I'm probably packing," Sarah Palin said frankly as she laughed. She added her belief that few people would "mess with" her.
Despite her finding of humor, Palin held up the sexual harassment conversation as a positive one, saying that for equality to manifest "that practice must stop."
In August 2017, Sarah Palin formally endorsed Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian for the November 2018 election, as reported by Breitbart.
"Danny Tarkanian is a conservative outsider who will support the 'America First' policies our nation needs to survive and thrive, including building the border wall, ending sanctuary cities, and finally repealing Obamacare," Palin was quoted. "Commonsense Conservatives in Nevada and across America need to unite and help win this critical fight. I strongly endorse Danny Tarkanian for the United States Senate and look forward to helping him win this important election."
Tarkanian responded to the ringing endorsement, stating, "I will hold Dean Heller accountable for turning his back on Nevadans by voting against the repeal of Obamacare and helping Hillary Clinton win Nevada by attacking Donald Trump over and over again."
Heller, the Nevada incumbent, is described by far-right Breitbart as a "far-outside-the-mainstream establishment Republican," perhaps giving Sarah Palin's endorsement all the more significance.
Palin's book, Going Rogue: An American Life, sold over two million copies, as reported by the Washington Post, among the most of any recent U.S. political memoirs.
© 2017 Stephen Sinclair