Sarah Palin: The UK and the US are “HOOKING UP”
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Ms Palin, the former Governor of Alaska, championed Mr Trump in both his presidential bids. Described as a “say-anything, gun-toting political neophyte”, Ms Palin was once a White House hopeful, having been picked as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 US election – a decision which he is said to have later regretted. Mr McCain lost to Barack Obama who went on to enjoy an eight-year term.
Ms Palin bounced back two years later with the Tea Party movement which ultimately failed.
Yet, the populist remained a regular fixture on the political beat, becoming a stalwart campaigner on behalf of Mr Trump.
In the aftermath of his 2016 victory – just months after the Brexit vote – she drew a parallel between the two, claiming that the “globalist” EU and others were being challenged by a “rogue” group of political underdogs.
She told Business Insider: “Well, see, Great Britain and America, see how we’re hooking up now?
Sarah Palin: The former Alaska Governor made the swipe at the EU following Donald Trump’s victory (Image: Business Insider)
Donald Trump: Palin championed Trump during his recent political career (Image: GETTY)
“We’re going rogue and saying, ‘The people are going to take back control of our governance’.
“We’re going to be able to say, ‘No, we don’t want this globalism‘.
“We can’t be telling other countries, other nations, how to sweep their porches if we can’t sweep our own yet, so we’ve got to take care of what’s going on here within our borders, just like you (the UK) all have done, especially recently.”
When asked whether she saw something of Brexit in Mr Trump’s election, Ms Palin replied: “Yes, that’s exactly the movement.
Brexit: Palin said the Brexit vote proved that the EU and other ‘globalists’ were being pushed back (Image: Business Insider)
“And when the vote came down, I was looking at it like, ‘Watch, this is going to come on over to the pond and and we’re going to have some of that just bleed on over into America and certainly we see that tonight.'”
Shortly after Mr Trump’s win, Nigel Farage, former leader of UKIP and the Brexit Party, booked himself on a flight from London to the US to meet the new President.
Considered one of the main architects of the Brexit vote, Mr Farage enjoyed a good relationship with Mr Trump, accompanying him last October at a presidential rally in Arizona.
While Ms Palin has largely remained quiet since Mr Trump’s election defeat, in the run-up to the ballot she offered now US President Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris some advice.
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Nigel Farage: The former UKIP and Brexit Party leader during Trump’s campaign trail last year (Image: GETTY)
John McCain: Palin was picked by the late McCain as his 2008 running mate (Image: GETTY)
It came shortly after Mr Biden chose Ms Harris, to which Ms Palin told the relative newbie to politics “trust no one new” and to not “forget the women who came before you”.
In an Instagram post, referring to the former Democrat Vice President and presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, she wrote: “Congrats to the Democrat VP pick Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned,” before offering a checklist of things to do and avoid.
More recently, in February, Ms Palin found herself caught up in a bitter row with former GMB host Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
They grilled her on Mr Trump’s “stop the steal” call, which many claim sparked the riots at Capitol Hill earlier this year.
Brexit timeline: The Brexit vote came just months before Trump was voted in (Image: Express Newspapers)
Ms Palin said: “I want to see that our elections and every polling place is run cleanly, I was a Governor and as a Governor…”
To which Ms Reid interjected: “The question was do you accept the election victory by Joe Biden.”
The former Alaska Governor replied: “This is crazy, you guys invited me on, let me finish please.”
Mr Morgan asked: “Why don’t you answer the question?”
Piers Morgan: Palin clashed with Piers and Susanna on GMB last month over the Capitol Hill riots (Image: Good Morning Britain)
Ms Palin responded: “No, let me finish. I am talking about clean elections and I know that shenanigans do take place in elections, as a Governor I witnessed that.”
Mr Morgan said: “Sarah, you cannot filibuster us, now let’s go back to the question: do you accept that Joe Biden…”
She interrupted: “Ok let’s go back to the question then about this mob rule.
“Let’s go back to the first question, we never even got to finish the topic of the rioters in the Capitol.”
Mr Morgan asked again: “Did Joe Biden win the election?”
Ms Palin said: “Can we please finish the topic, why did you skip over that?”
Ms Reid added: “This is the heart of the issue isn’t it?”