Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin attributed an interesting reason for Donald Trump’s loss to Sen.Ted Cruz in the Iowa Caucus on Monday night. Palin had been campaigning with Donald Trump in Iowa and spoke with reporters before her flight out of the state.
A reporter for Yahoo asked her why she thought Trump suffered a loss in Iowa, and she replied that, “I think he just had to have seen more of his conservative side out, because Iowa’s so good and conservative.”
She believed he would fare much better in the upcoming New Hampshire primary: “He’s going to do well there,” she said.
It’s true that as a member of the Tea Party, Cruz appeals to the extreme right-wing, evangelical voter, which Iowa is replete with. Trump also appeals to extremists, but perhaps of a different ilk—his actual policies may not have been conservative enough for Iowa zealots who preferred Cruz, even if his racist and xenophobic rhetoric was.
Palin endorsed Trump on Jan. 19 with an amazingly incomprehensible speech, which many believed would be a step forward for Trump in attracting additional conservative voters. It appears her influence did not sway Iowa.
There has been much speculation that Trump will offer Palin a spot in his Cabinet or perhaps even the coveted VP slot, yet Palin did not confirm these rumors. “I’ve not asked for a thing. He’s not promised a thing, except to make America great again,” she said. “So there’s been absolutely no discussion about any kind of future whatever, all that speculative stuff. No.”
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