Sarah Palin shared a photo of herself kneeling in a bed of leaves while grasping the ears of a dead boar with the caption, “On Wisconsin!”
Palin, who posted the photo on her Facebook page, went on to encourage voters to get to the polls on Tuesday.
“Faith of America is in you to take us forward on Tuesday; to remain strong and independent of the status quo political establishment so your vote will truly represent your optimistic spirit and desire to WORK! Hardworking Wisconsinites deserve much better than a repeat of the establishment’s agenda that led to losing this great state to Obama in 2012 – by 200,000 votes!”
— NBC4 Columbus (@nbc4i) April 4, 2016
The post then becomes an obvious nudge for voters to support Donald Trump.
“The continued games of the permanent political class will assure a Hillary victory unless you tell them ‘ENOUGH!’ and vote for bold, new leadership that puts your interests before party politics. Vote for your jobs and security.”
The photo, according to NY Post, was taken in December 2014 as part of a hunting trip to promote her reality TV show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin. It is unclear what the dead pig has to do with Donald Trump.
If Palin were going for a play on words, she could have posed with a steer. It’s the only animal mentioned in her essay.
“Vote for the first candidate since Reagan who is growing the Commonsense Conservative movement… the only one who’s created middle class jobs… the only one not living off your tax dollars… the only one Wisconsin can count on to steer us away from the rocky shoals ahead.”
Palin shared the photo on Sunday before she appeared at a Trump rally at Zingers and Flingers Gun and Archery Range in Marathon City, Wisconsin.
New York Daily News speculated that the “bizarre” photo of the boar could be a reminder of Obama’s 2008 campaign-season comment, “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”
Some think Sarah’s boar shot was a stereotyping attempt to relate to the people of Wisconsin.
Palin is the political figure to whom Trump is most often compared. According to an article in MSNBC, they have these commonalities.
- They each rose to prominence in part because they did not fit the mold (or vocal styling) of traditional politicians.
- They’re both extremely polarizing.
- They both have a reality TV quality to their personas both on and off the stump.
- They both have been ridiculed (and defended) for not having an easy facility with facts.
- Their rhetoric, for better or worse, has been known to gin up enthusiasm among disaffected, less educated conservatives.
Wisconsin’s response to Trump hasn’t been promising, according to The Inquisitr. The “Badger State” has taken him to task for his misogynistic rhetoric.
This may be why his campaign found it necessary to send a woman in to endorse him.
Palin’s dead pig campaign ad follows in the wake of her April Fools’ Day speech at the Milwaukee County Republican party dinner, which by journalists’ accounts, fell flat. There were crickets following her 20-minute “meandering” pitch, a vast difference from her past rallying efforts.
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) April 4, 2016
She appealed to the crowd by mentioning the Green Bay Packer legend, Jerry Kramer, saying that her father had played alongside him in high school.
What followed was a speech that MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” talk panel later indicated “had the earmarks of a drug hallucination.”
Perhaps the most memorable bit was her reference to “gift baskets” that American politicians are “inducing and seducing” illegal immigrants with, filled with “teddy bears and soccer balls.”
When this was received with a confused silence, she added, “Actions scream so much louder than a politician’s words.”
Maybe that is why she chose to offer no real explanation about the dead pig and the gun.
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