Sarah Palin interviews Donald Trump — and little happens

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

9/11 Truthers Want To Be Trump’s VP.

On her fledgling, and embarrassingly low-tech, network, Sarah Palin interviewed Donald Trump, and managed a feat no journalist has yet. “If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic,” Trump said in 1999, when he was considering a presidential run on the Reform Party ticket. “I mean, she’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman.” Now that Trump is—legit—the 2016 Republican front-runner, he’s got some big names lining up to be his vice-presidential candidate.A website for a small cable network that will feature Sarah Palin talking with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush crashed hours before the interviews were set to take place. “So much interest in the interview of Donald J. Sarah Palin on Friday, Trump told the one-time vice presidential candidate that “we have to make a lot of improvement,” claiming “the White House is not truthful” about the state of the country’s economy. “Our current tax code is a joke,” Palin said.

As in-focus civilians flowed up the Trump Tower taking selfies in the background, an inexplicably out-of-focus Donald Trump sought to explain his rising poll numbers on Sarah Palin’s janky new program on an unknown right-wing news network. “We’re bringing back—I use the term again, (as) it hasn’t been used in a long time—the silent majority,” he told Palin at the tail-end of her 10 p.m. newscast on Friday night, On Point with Sarah Palin. “There’s a tremendous group of people out there that just want to see this country be great again.” Of course, Donald Trump appeared once again unaware that the Silent Majority most popularly referred to those Americans who supported the Vietnam War, often viewed as one of the greatest quagmires of our time. In other words, it was exactly what you would expect an interview between a belligerent man dominating media coverage and a former punchline clinging to relevancy would be like. On Thursday, Charlie Sheen tweeted out his supposed support for a Trump-Sheen ticket. (The 49-year-old actor was reacting to a recent Daily Beast interview with Owen Wilson, in which Wilson essentially dubbed Trump the Charlie Sheen of politics.) “If Trump will [have] me I’d be his VP in a heartbeat!” Sheen tweeted, with the hashtag “#TrumpSheen16.” As Mediaite notes, it wasn’t too long ago that Sheen was calling Trump “a sad & silly homunculus,” whose “words [are] as poignant as a sack of cat farts.” But let’s entertain this Sheen-vice-presidency notion for a quick second. But Palin, herself, full of platitudes on a network too new or broken to sell ad space (fear not, One America News ran pseudo-PSAs to break up the interview segments instead) did not call him out on it. Despite the fact OAN is only available in 12 million U.S. households, the interview is generating tremendous interest largely on the drawing power of Trump.

Instead, the former Republican vice presidential nominee-cum-wider reach public access news anchor offered hard-hitting questions such as this: To be clear, this was a set-’em-up, knock-’em-down campaign speech and not an interview, in which Sarah Palin largely dominated and made Donald Trump seem like a level-headed centrist by comparison. The short interview didn’t produce the same kind of fireworks as Trump’s recent back-and-forths with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly or Univision’s Jorge Ramos. Trump and Palin actually seemed to get along, with Palin declaring at the top of the interview that Trump’s campaign was “avant-garde” and calling his backers “trumpeters” or “Trumpservatives.” In Ted Cruz’s interview, he called Planned Parenthood “a criminal enterprise” that he would prosecute if he took office due to the videos that he believed implicated the organization in some kind of baby-parts-for-cash sting—all-the-while ignoring today’s revelations from the New York Times that said those same videos were heavily doctored all along. Then, Palin greeted Donald Trump, asking him to set the record straight because “I don’t think we’re getting the truth out of The White House,” just like she was taught in journalism school. (Journalism, after all, was the emphasis on her bachelor’s degree diploma, which she earned over five years from four different colleges.) “You’re seeing some idiots in the press.

When the supporter was rebuffed by Ramos—who told him he was, in fact, a U.S. citizen—the supporter replied with, “Well, whatever.” “You saw that. It needs to be shaken to its very core, and Donald Trump is doing that.” (The two are longtime friends, and Trump appeared at a Ventura campaign event in Minneapolis in January 2000.) Ventura is passionate about many political issues, such as prosecuting Bush administration officials for torturing detainees, but his signature issue is investigating who REALLY carried out the 9/11 attacks.

He’s the hugest story in politics at the moment and sure to draw attention and ratings. (Whatever happened to her “Amazing America” series, anyway?) For Trump, the interview highlights his campaign style. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sheen’s generous offer. (Sheen’s rep hasn’t gotten back to us, either, regarding his seriousness.) At the very least, Trump used to speak highly of Sheen, telling David Letterman in 2011 that the actor was “a wonderful guy, I really like him a lot.” After hearing about Trump’s “tremendous standing ovations” once again, Palin had to let Trump go—remember, they had PSAs to play on this very serious news network—but she wanted to let him know one thing.

But really, would she put herself through that again? (That is, assuming Trump wins the nomination.) A second tour as VP nominee seems unlikely, given the difficulties Palin experienced the first time around.

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