Sarah Palin Lobs Softballs at Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Donald Trump talks to Sarah Palin. Will he ask her to run for VP?.

In one of the most simultaneously bleak and fawning ten minutes of television I have ever seen, former candidate for Vice President of the United States and current off-brand Fox News (OAN) personality Sarah Palin interviewed everyones favorite screaming steamed carrot, Donald Trump.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.

The interview consisted of a lot of Sarah Palin referring to Trump as “The Donald,” a lot of Donald Trump sitting in the foodcourt of your local mall, and a lot of softballs asked in doe-eyed, glistening tones. 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.

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. 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.

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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