Palin announced her candidacy for the planned special House election just before the filing deadline closed Friday. There are about 40 others in the race.
“Sarah shocked many when she endorsed me very early in 2016, and we won big. Now, it’s my turn!” Trump said in a statement. “Sarah Palin is tough and smart and will never back down, and I am proud to give her my Complete and Total Endorsement, and encourage all Republicans to unite behind this wonderful person and her campaign to put America First!”
Trump endorses Palin for Congress. pic.twitter.com/zbhMIF2rf2
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 4, 2022
Trump called the former governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee a patriot and “true America First fighter.” He touted her record for championing the people of Alaska, saying she was “one of the most popular Governors because she told up to corruption in both State Government and the Fake News Media.”
Former Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell also said he thinks Palin’s chances of winning are very good.
“Never underestimate Sarah Palin,” Treadwell told Newsmax, saying she will rise above competitors, who include a decorated Purple Heart recipient, Trump-era Interior Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney, who won a Twitter battle with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and a North Pole, Alaska, councilman called “Santa Claus,” among other notable and popular Alaskans.
“Cab drivers all over the world ask me about Sarah Palin even more than Santa Claus. Those are two of our most famous residents,” Treadwell added. “Of course she can win.”
When announcing her candidacy, Palin said, “America is at a tipping point.”
“I’m in this race to win it and join the fight for freedom alongside other patriots willing to sacrifice all to save our country,” Palin said.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has set the special election’s primary for June 11 and the general election for Aug. 16.