Donald Trump and Sarah Palin were close pals — let’s see — back in January. That’s an oversimplification, of course. They’ve known each other for awhile, but that was around the time when Palin endorsed Trump with an absolutely unhinged speech and appeared alongside him at rallies, which she used as a jumping-off point to blame President Obama for her son’s domestic violence incident. And people sort of speculated, for awhile, that Trump could choose Palin as his running mate, but when she failed to even deliver the Alaska primary to him, that prospect faded all the way to Russia.
Palin has remained loyal to Trump, and she sometimes still acts as his surrogate. However, she’s not impressed about his flip-flopping on immigration. Trump still can’t make up his mind, but he’s significantly toned down the rhetoric. No longer is he calling immigrants drug dealers and rapists, but now he’s talking about “bad” and “good” ones. And Trump said that he wants to work with the good immigrants as long as they pay back taxes, and notions of a “mass deportation” seem to be on hold.
Well, Palin is now joining Ann Coulter in expressing displeasure with this change of heart. The former Alaska governor and reality star is worried that Trump will alienate voters with this “wishy-washy” softening. She urges him to follow “the will of the people” and continue plans for the Wall, and she believes his softening will upset his existing fan base without adding to it. Here’s what she said on Thursday night’s episode of The O’Reilly Factor:
“Donald Trump understands that enforcing the laws and building that wall are paramount to what the will of the people is. Candidate Trump didn’t garner a lot of enthusiastic support by being soft on anything. Softening on the position of illegal immigration isn’t going to win over any supporters.”
Still, Palin doesn’t feel that Trump has reached the point of no return, and she says his supporter base won’t see a “huge erosion” unless he fails to get himself back in gear. Palin believes that irreparable damage will occur if Trump ever backtracks on the Wall, but he’s continued to say that there are still plans for this mythical structure to be built on Mexico’s dime. Yet Palin misses Trump’s controversial ways and thinks those won enough primary voters to ensure victory, so why not continue? Well, the general election is a completely different beast, and only time will tell if Palin’s warning amounts to anything but idle chatter.