Sarah Palin, even eight years after losing the vice presidency, has managed to retain a certain amount of relevance in the lead-up to the Republican primary. Current poll leader Donald Trump even said he’d offer Sarah a cabinet position.
On Sunday, CNN asked Sarah a few questions about the upcoming elections, one of which was what advantage she feels Jeb Bush has with his ability to speak Spanish. Earlier this week, Donald said that Jeb should not campaign using the Spanish language while in the United States — a statement which caused Bush to call Trump intolerant.
“I don’t know what choosing to speak English or Spanish in a conversation, what that would have to do — somebody opposing it — with tolerance or not. I think it’s a benefit of Jeb Bush to be able to be so fluent in Spanish because we have a large and wonderful Hispanic population that is helping to build America and that’s good and that’s a great relationship and connection that he has with them through his wife and through his family connections.”
Still, Sarah remained somewhere in the middle of the Jeb and Donald debate. While applauding the benefits of Bush’s connection with the Hispanic community, Palin also agreed that it was important for a country to stick with its primary language in order to promote a sense of community.
“On the other hand. You know, I think we can send a message and say, you want to be in America, A, you better be here legally or you’re out of here. B, when you’re here, let’s speak American. I mean, that’s just — let’s speak English and that’s kind of a unifying aspect of a nation… That’s one of those issues too where, whoop, it goes right over the public’s head, legitimately so, they’re on to the next issues that are very important for the candidates to be debating.”
Given her popularity with the Tea Party Patriots and far right, Sarah seems like an unlikely candidate for immigration centrism. Yet with Trump calling for extreme measures like forcing Mexico to pay for a wall lining the southern border, Palin is looking relatively level-headed on the issue.
Last year, Sarah published a lengthy Facebook post about the “humanitarian crisis” with overcrowded facilities for undocumented immigrants. Palin even said the issue was pushing her away from the Republican party.
“Finally, they have won me over. I actually agree with the liberals’ war whoop. I, too, demand that this issue of young illegal aliens flooding across our border into horrendous conditions be taken care of. Now!… As a Christian I find it unforgivable to ignore this issue of overrunning border security into these conditions in southern states, and this one issue is just about driving me to renounce my Republican ties because, see, even leaders on the RIGHT side of the aisle haven’t exerted all Constitutional power to stop the madness.”
What do you think about Sarah Palin’s comments on the Spanish debate between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush?
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