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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin celebrated the success of female Republican congressional candidates but warned they will not get fair treatment from the media.
The Republican who was picked as the late Sen. John McCain’s 2008 running mate spoke with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum about the impressive performance of GOP women in the 2020 election. But she also noted that the “lamestream media” will likely not provide unbiased coverage so it will be up to the lawmakers themselves to tout their policies and accomplishments.
Palin was “very pleased” with last week’s election results that saw a wave of Republican women elected to Congress, though she said on “The Story” Tuesday that it is about more than just gender.
“It’s so important that these voters recognized their experience, their vision of what government actually should be, their records, their plans for what they will do in Congress,” she said, adding that they need to be respected for that.
(Source: Fox News)
“Don’t just kick these mama grizzlies to the side and only call them up when you need some fund-raising or you need something nice set about you or your policy,” Palin said. “But utilize these women. They have such great amounts to offer this country. I’m very happy for them. And just really glad they had the guts to get out there and run.”
MacCallum noted that, while there is a seeming universal call for more women to be represented, they often only are celebrated when they are liberals. The Fox News host noted, as an example, a Rolling Stone cover story featuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and freshman Democrat women following the 2018 midterm elections.
“Do you expect that Rolling Stone will do a cover of these Republican women, as well, to support women in office?” she asked Palin who quickly shook her head.
“If you’re a constitutional conservative female, no, you will be kind of shunned by the lamestream media, but that’s cool, that’s okay. You know it just makes you work a bit harder, it makes you certainly connect more with your constituents because they need to hear from you,” the former GOP vice presidential nominee replied.
“You can’t expect the media will relay accurately your plans, your record, your life story. So no, don’t expect that any of those publications will be friendly,” she added. “But don’t whine about it, either. Suck it up, cupcake, and go do your job.”
Asked about her thoughts on Sen. Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice presidential nominee and the possibility that she could become the first female vice president, Palin again reiterated that gender should not be an issue.
“Well, my thoughts are I wish that I would have been the first female vice president. I wish that Republicans would have been able to hold the White House for those eight years,” Palin, who debated Joe Biden as vice presidential candidates in 2008, told MacCallum.
“I’m not going to favor anybody based on their gender, so wait and see what Ms. Harris has to offer this country, if, in fact, they are elected,” she added.
Palin offered some nonpartisan advice to Harris on Instagram after the California Democrat was announced as Biden’s running mate.
“Congrats to the democrat VP pick! Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned,” she wrote.
“Out of the chute trust no one new,” she advised. “Don’t get muzzled — connect with media and voters in your own unique way.”
On Tuesday, Palin pumped the brakes a little on assessing Harris as a female in the role, sharing that she has “hung in” with the Trump administration’s legal challenges to the election results and will continue to do so.
“Look, politicians lie. Men lie. Some women lie. But numbers don’t lie. We need to get the votes counted so that we can even comment on things like how well the first female vice president did or did not do. We’ve got to get the election counted and codified, and then we can talk about it,” she said.
“Lieutenant governors and secretaries of state, they are in charge of elections in the state. They need to make sure that they are on their game, that the voters can expect accuracy and fairness, in a timely manner, votes taken and votes counted,” Palin contended.
“I hung in there with the administration,” she told MacCallum, “and I’ll continue to do so until the very last vote is counted.”
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