When in America, speak American – at least that’s what Sarah Palin suggested as a “unifying aspect” when she tried adding in her own two cents to the ongoing feud between Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush.
Palin was discussing, or at least trying to discuss, the controversy between the two GOP frontrunners after Trump suggested candidates should not speak Spanish on the campaign trail and Bush – who frequently breaks into Spanish – called his adversary intolerant. Palin, the former Alaskan governor, made a somewhat hilarious attempt to praise Bush for being bilingual.
“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,” Palin said on CNN's State of the Union.
The former vice presidential candidate should’ve stopped right there, but she didn’t, and proceeded to have another foot-in-the-mouth moment.
“On the other hand, 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,'” she added.
Although Palin corrected herself, saying “let’s speak English,” the Internet still had its fun.
'Immigrants should speak American' demands Sarah Palin. There is of of course no such language.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 6, 2015
Hey, @rosettastone! Wondering when you are planning on releasing American to the public. Asking for Sarah Palin. Thanks!— Jeremy Pond (@JeremyPond) September 6, 2015
I'd love somebody to ask #SarahPalin if she knows how our country got the name America. Sit back and watch the train wreck.— Timothy Thelen (@timmthelen) September 6, 2015
I guess when Sarah Palin said to speak American this what she meant pic.twitter.com/i1o17lsmmx— Internet Palace (@InternetPalace) September 6, 2015
You have to give @SarahPalinUSA a break. Anyone who has listened to her knows that English is her second language; her first being American.— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) September 7, 2015
During a recent interview, Palin also said she would consider the position of energy secretary in Trump’s cabinet, should he be elected to the Oval Office.
“I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby, oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use, instead of relying on unfriendly foreign nations for us to import their resources,” she explained. “And if I were head of that, I would get rid of it.”
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