Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, savaged President Barack Obama on Friday for what she termed his “apology lap” in Hiroshima, a Japanese city destroyed by a U.S. atomic bomb during World War II.
Addressing a large Donald Trump campaign rally in downtown San Diego, Palin accused Obama of “dissing our vets” with his visit to Hiroshima – the first by a sitting U.S. president and one designed to honor the memory of all who were lost in the war.
Palin said Obama’s visit suggested that the president believes that “the greatest generation was perpetuating the evil of World War II.” She added, “Our commander in chief suggesting – actually, lying in suggestions – to the world that we were wrong to prove that we would eradicate evil in World War II.”
Thousands of Trump supporters cheered Palin and booed the president. The former Alaska governor and tea party heroine said Trump would be a president “who knows how to win.”
“You mess with our freedom,” she said. “…At that, the crowd chanted, “USA! USA! USA!”
Palin was the warmup act at Trump’s large rally, speaking on stage before the candidate arrived in San Diego. She took issue with Obama’s statement overseas this week that other world leaders have been “rattled” by the rise of Trump.
“Rattled, are they now?” Palin said. “Well, maybe it’s time that things get rattlin’.” She pointed out that the yellow Gadsden flag flown at tea party rallies depicts a rattlesnake “coiled, prepared, ready to strike.”
“So, yeah, rattlin’ – it’s a good thing,” she said.
Palin took aim at Trump’s critics, including in the Republican Party.
“You know that tent that the GOP operatives have at least claimed for so long now that they really wanted to enlarge?” she asked. “They’re really freaked out now that we all came in and demolished their tight-knit tent.”
Turning to look at the television cameras and journalists on the press riser, Palin lambasted the “sheep in the media.”
“Their head is still a-spinnin’,” she said. “Do you know how thoroughly distrusted you are, mainstream media? … He is now we the people’s nominee, so suck it up, cupcake!”
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