Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has described how not being invited to her running mate’s funeral was a ‘gut punch’.
Palin said she was ‘disinvited’ to John McCain’s funeral, despite running on his presidential campaign ticket in 2008.
Describing how she felt about not attending the service last year, the former Alaskan governor said: ‘They [the McCain family] didn’t have to embarrass me and others, it wasn’t just me it was other people from our campaign back in 2008… it’s kind of a gut punch.’
She was speaking on Good Morning Britain today when she also said President Trump has had ‘a wonderful two years’ in office.
Palin also reflected on the criticism and ridicule she got back in 2006 when she was announced as the Republican Arizona senator’s vice presidential running mate.
Speaking live to presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid from her home in Wasilla, Alaska, she said: ‘It’s been bizarre. When I was tapped to run as the first woman VP candidate on the Republican ticket, I had nearly 90 per cent approval rating as the governor of the largest state.
‘It made sense to me and my supporters why John McCain did tap me. But, yeah, once getting out there on that national stage and realizing that there are so many snakes in politics, they are so many snakes in the Republican party who were running the show and allowing me to get clobbered.
‘They were looking for someone to blame for their really crappy type of campaign that they ran. I was a scapegoat.
‘That’s in the past though…sometimes you win, sometimes you learn and I certainly learned through that.’
Asked why she didn’t attend McCain’s funeral last September, Palin revealed: ‘I wasn’t invited. [I would have gone] because I am a respectful person…I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral.
‘They didn’t have to embarrass me and others, it wasn’t just me it was other people from our campaign back in 2008… it’s kind of a gut punch.’
Palin also said Trump stands a strong chance of being re-elected because no other candidate ‘comes close’.
She said: ‘Consider what Trump has been able to accomplish, despite it being a three against one game going on here.
‘You have the Democrats, the media, which is complicit with the Democratic shenanigans and then you have obstructionists in his own party, and despite that the President has enough support of the people, the average forgotten man and woman of America. He has had, relatively speaking, a reasonably wonderful two years.’
Palin was launched onto the national stage in the summer of 2008 after McCain picked her to be his running mate in the presidential race he would eventually lose to Barack Obama.
McCain said in the months before his death that he regretted not picking then-Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman as his vice presidential candidate, according to an interview with the New York Times.
Palin in response used the same phrase as earlier today, when she told NBC News she had ‘a lot of respect’ for McCain, but that his comments were a ‘gut punch’.
He died last August after a fight with brain cancer that lasted for more than a year
On whether anyone can beat Trump and if he can re-elected in 2020, she told GMB today: ‘Yeah, the Democratic candidates, they have really dug themselves in a hole collectively as a party.
‘They are seen as wackos over here nowadays, because they are supporting those issues that certainly do not connect with the average man and woman in America – they are radically anti-child. They are so pro-abortion.
‘They are pro-illegal immigration, they are inviting and incentivizing illegal immigrants to come over here.
‘The Democrats represent and support more taxation on the middle class, on the working class, very disconnected, the party as a whole, to the people who really care about this nation.
‘We elected Trump and nobody on the other side, they don’t come close. No Democrat can hold a candle to what it is we the people are desiring.’
In 2008 Palin she was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major political party and the first Republican woman selected as a vice presidential candidate
On whether she will team up with Trump or be a rival to him politically one day, she said: ‘Well, I think already presently President Trump and I work in certainly different realms but on common policy, on trying to let the public know what is best for America, when it comes to our sovereignty and our solvency, already I think we work together on quite a few issues.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Dyer