Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin revealed the “gut punch” it felt like when she was not invited to the late Sen. John McCain’s funeral.
The former vice presidential candidate told “Good Morning Britain” hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about the embarrassment of being “disinvited” to her 2008 running mate’s funeral last year after he died in August following a battle with brain cancer.
Asked by Morgan if she would have liked to have attended McCain’s funeral, the former Republican lawmaker responded, “That’s a good question.”
“Sure, because I am a respectful person,” Palin said, speaking from her home in Wasilla, Alaska.
She noted that she was not invited though she did reach out to the late Arizona senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, to express her family’s condolences.
“I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral. I think that that was an unnecessary step – they didn’t have to embarrass me and embarrass others,” she said. “And it wasn’t just me, it was other good people from our campaign back in 2008 who were very, very loyal to Senator McCain.”
“That was all weird,” she added. “I hope that doesn’t happen to other people. It’s unnecessary, it’s kind of a gut punch.”
Palin also discussed the challenges of being the first Republican woman selected as a vice presidential candidate when McCain tapped her as his running mate.
“It’s been bizarre. When I was tapped to run as the first woman VP candidate on the Republican ticket, I had nearly 90 percent approval rating as the governor of the largest state,” she said.
“It made sense to me and my supporters why John McCain did tap me. But, yeah, once getting out there on that national stage and realizing that there are so many snakes in politics, they are so many snakes in the Republican party who were running the show and allowing me to get clobbered,” she explained.
“They were looking for someone to blame for their really crappy type of campaign that they ran. I was a scapegoat,” Palin noted. “That’s in the past though…sometimes you win, sometimes you learn and I certainly learned through that.”
Reid questioned Palin about her future plans and whether she was considering working along Trump or as his “rival.”
‘Well, I think already presently President Trump and I work in certainly different realms but on common policy, on trying to let the public know what is best for America, when it comes to our sovereignty and our solvency, already I think we work together on quite a few issues,” she replied.
She also noted that no other 2020 presidential contenders “come close” to Trump as a candidate.
“Yeah, the Democratic candidates, they have really dug themselves in a hole collectively as a party,” Palin said.
“They are seen as wackos over here nowadays, because they are supporting those issues that certainly do not connect with the average man and woman in America,” she said, adding that Democrats are “very disconnected, the party as a whole, to the people who really care about this nation.”
“We elected Trump and nobody on the other side, they don’t come close. No Democrat can hold a candle to what it is we the people are desiring,” she said.
Watch Palin’s full interview with “Good Morning Britain” in the video below:
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