Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-president nominee, has just announced her support for Donald Trump.

“Are you ready for the leader to make America great again? Are you ready to stump for Trump? I’m here to support the next president of the United States — Donald Trump.” Palin said at a rally hosted by Iowa State University.

They have been dubbed by the National Review as “the oddest of political couples.” Honestly, though, I don’t find the development particularly surprising. Both have repeatedly used inflammatory rhetoric to appeal to conservative American voters, and have said some really ridiculous things.

Here’s what we think Palin sees in him:

1. God must have chosen Donald Trump to be our next president.

In 2008, Palin said this in regards to John Mccain’s standing at the polls:

“Putting this [the election] in God’s hands…the right thing for America will be done, [at] the end of the day on November 4th…as we seek God’s wisdom and His will in this election, we have to have faith that it’s all going to be good at the end of the day.”

Yes, it seems she believes that the next president of the United States shall be handpicked by God himself. The godly force must be strong with Trump, then, because she obviously wouldn’t support someone otherwise.


2. Someone to hate on Obama with.

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump both have a knack for publicly expressing their disdain for President Barack Obama.

Sarah Palin said this during the 2008 campaign in regards to now-President Obama:

“This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America. We see America as the greatest force for good in this world… Our opponent though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country?”

And Trump has repeatedly taken to his twitter to denounce our President and his policies, not to mention spreading the idea that he is some sort of fraudulent perpetuator of violence.

They remind me of the jealous bullies on the playground from grade school.

3. Someone to yell “down with education!” with.

In a comment directed to Joe Biden, Palin said:

You mentioned education, and I’m glad that you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and God bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right?

Because teachers don’t deserve rewards now, on earth, in the form of wages, right?

And it’s no secret that Trump is in favor of cutting the Common Core, the set of guidelines provided by the government outlining what every child should be able to accomplish by the end of each school year. “You could cut that way, way, way down,” he said last year in regards to the Department of Education.

Two thumbs up for education.

4. The third person for the Trump-Putin-Palin trio.

“People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans,” Sarah Palin, referencing Putin’s admirable tough-guy act on March 2014.

“When people call you brilliant, it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia,” Donald Trump, in response to Putin’s praise, December 2015.

While their support of Putin has astonished politicians and voters alike, they seem to be on the same page here.

5. Someone to make ridiculous comments with.

If you don’t know about all the ridiculous things these two have said, you’re missing out on a gold mine of hilarity (and sadness, frankly). I could go on forever with quotes from these two, but for the sake of everyone’s sanity, just take my word for it.

After all, they’re the ultimate dynamic duo.

  • Asma Elgamal

    Asma Elgamal is our Head News + Society Editor at The Tempest. She's currently a student at Harvard University.