Palin turns heads with Cruz/Beck dig about ‘seducing’ illegals with ‘gift baskets’

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Sarah Palin took to the stump Friday in Wisconsin in support of Republican front-runner Donald Trump and had heads turning when she spoke of “seducing” illegal immigrants with gift baskets.

The remark was directed at Trump rival Ted Cruz, who joined with Glenn Beck in July 2014 to hand out care packages with soccer balls, teddy bears, and other items to illegal immigrant children at the border. The move was reportedly intended to be a statement against President Obama’s non-enforcement of immigration laws.

“What the heck are you thinking, candidates?” Palin asked Friday while speaking at a Milwaukee County Republican dinner. “What the heck are you thinking when you’re actually asking for more immigrants — even illegal immigrants, welcoming them in.”

“Even inducing and seducing them with gift baskets: ‘Come on over the border and here’s a gift basket of teddy bears and soccer balls,'” she added.

Based on the reaction on social media, Palin’s speech was “awkward” at best, with the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate not receiving the welcome she was accustomed to just a few short years ago. Then again, it wasn’t really a Trump crowd.

“At least they didn’t boo,” Palin said afterwards, according to NBC News.

Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:

Palin’s full speech can be seen here:

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