What Is Sarah Palin Doing Now?

Updated on December 26, 2017
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Stephen Sinclair is a freelance Canadian writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, in 2013
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, in 2013 | Source

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.

Sarah Palin, in 2012
Sarah Palin, in 2012 | Source

© 2017 Stephen Sinclair


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    Tim Truzy 2 months ago

    Thank you for this interesting write up about Ms. Palin. I must admit: I went to one of her rallies here when she ran as a VP candidate (I was reporting on the event.)

    Anyway, the hardcore female conservative with me was shocked and horrified. There was the hope of the Republican party screaming, "Drill Baby! Drill!" She was making suggestive movements with her body which made me gag (literally).

    I find it ironic that she should be asked about sexual harassment when she does things like that to contribute to women being treated as objects.

    However, I wish Ms. Palin the best. Maybe she should stay clear of politics and promote further female disunity. (That's my British humor seeping in.) I'm sure the Republican party can use that.

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    Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Stephen.....My apologies. After reading Madin's and J.Davin's replies, there is clearly another Sarah Palin I have never seen, heard of nor know anything at all about her. Hmmm, go figure.

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    James Davin 2 months ago from Bethesda,MD.

    Such a talented and articulate woman! I was really disappointed that Trump didn't give her a Cabinet post.

    She would be a great asset to Trump's team. She dealt

    so well with the NBC newlady. She started out light and

    humorous but then quickly stated that s.harrasment is a

    serious issue and then clearly and forcefully laid down her


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    Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Stephen.....Nice to meet you. My trigger reaction to your title question was not a very nice one. Normally, I'd have printed my thoughts regardless (I'm not nick-named a straight-shooter" w/o good cause.)

    However, it's Christmas and I'm feeling the Peace & Love.

    So instead I'll simply say, "I don't give a damn what Ms. Palin is doing, what she may do in the future and as for the damage she's done in the past, well, that's history REAL history we can read about forever."

    Sarah is the 2nd worst mistake McCain made in his life....the first known as remaining in politics for FAR too long! I'm saddened by his terminal illness and wish his family strength & and support from the entire country.

    What Sarah desperately NEEDS to do, is determine what it is she would like to be when she grows up.....and then perhaps pursue that dream.

    Years ago, she had several "jobs," one of which, if I'm not mistaken was a news reporter or weather girl or some such bunk. I don't even think my imagination is strong enough and active enough at the moment to figure out how the hell this verbally dysfunctional, politically uneducated twit made her way to the Governor's office of Alaska. (maybe a heavy duty pair of knee pads, who knows?) Now, now you with the virgin eyes......it's not like it hasn't been done thousands of times. Grow up.

    She bailed on her beloved Alaskans. She felt like it. Typical Air Head. What an enormous favor she did for them.

    While listening to just "some" of her many pathetic interviews during the campaign, I was so embarrassed & humiliated FOR her, I looked around my own home for somewhere to hide (and never show my face again!) And she just kept on prancing around with that Colgate smile, explaining that she can wave to Vladmir from her back yard.

    While repeatedly making a complete A$$ of herself on live TV, You GO, girl.

    "The All American Family?" OK Stephen, you've done it. Rendered me speechless. She might have at LEAST suggested to her sexually active teen daughter there's this new concept in America now. It's called birth control.

    I feel very badly for the son if in fact his problems are due to mental health. But quite honestly, he beat the hell out of the wrong parent!...............................Happy Holidays.

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    Madan 2 months ago from Abu Dhabi

    Interesting write up. She is a dynamic lady and more will be heard of her in the years to come.