[caption id="attachment_267451" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a rally where she endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Iowa State University, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)[/caption]
We know why Donald Trump endorsed New York Mayor Bill di Blasio. But why did Sarah Palin endorse Donald Trump? It's sad to admit, but after yesterday's endorsement, cynics wondered what why it happened and what was in it for Palin. Yes, some of us have become that cynical, especially when it comes to some politicians.
After poking around, doing research, it became apparent that Palin's endorsement should have been old news. Palin made it very clear on at least three occasions that she was a big Trump fan. It was there for all to see last August when she interviewed Trump on One America News Network and in a separate interview on Fox News. Then there was another interview on CBN in January. But being a Trump fan isn't necessarily the reason Palin made the endorsement. D.C. McAllister says there may have been some old fashioned horse trading involved. Maybe Palin was offered the vice presidential spot or a cabinet position.
Doug Ross notes there was a quid pro quo for Palin’s endorsement:
On August 14th of last year, Kit O'Connell reported that Palin had endorsed Trump "[after he] recently promised to give ... Palin a Cabinet-level position in his administration."
So there you have it. That's consistent with what Trump is now saying, "Sarah Palin could 'play a position' in my administration:"
"I haven't discussed anything with her about what she'd do, but she's somebody I really like and I respect, and certainly she could play a position if she wanted to," Trump said of the former Alaska governor, who threw her backing behind the real estate mogul on Tuesday.
While Trump insisted he hasn't considered vice presidential candidates yet, he said he doubts Palin would be interested because "she's been through that," referring to her role as the 2008 running mate of Sen. John McCain.
At least Palin's rational for endorsing Trump, is much more understandable than the Donald's reason for backing di Blasio.