Sarah Palin puts Kevin McCarthy on notice: I can’t support anyone I don’t trust

(Video: Newsmax TV)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) honed in on the “corruption within the party” Friday as she vies for a return to public office, putting House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on notice in remarks that harken back to an Obama-era critique that assured, “an elephant never forgets.”

Ahead of a special election primary slated for June 26 necessary to fill the vacant congressional seat of the late Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) who passed in March, Palin appeared on Newsmax TV’s “The Balance” where she spoke with host Eric Bolling about a number of current issues. Of those issues, which included the recent announcement of the Department of Homeland Security’s creation of a “Disinformation Governance Board,” the host inquired about the growing disfavor of McCarthy following his alleged comments in the wake of Jan. 6, 2021.

“Kevin McCarthy, what do you think of him as speaker there?” Bolling asked his guest. “It’s a mixed opinion right now, a lot of people don’t want him as Speaker of the House. What would Sarah Palin’s vote be: for McCarthy or for someone else?”

“Well, if I personally find out that there’s the backroom dealing and shenanigans, all those things that I’ve been preaching against and up against for 30 years here in Alaskan politics,” Palin laid out, “fighting my own party because of the corruption within the party, well, then I can’t support him for speaker.”

“I don’t know enough about what all the arguments are against him,” she went on. “I will, of course, dig into it. But you know, I’ll go on record as not supporting anybody in any leadership position whom I cannot trust and I hopefully will be representing the people in that opinion.”

The minority leader, who is favored to become Speaker of the House should the Republicans gain control following the midterm elections, has drawn criticism over statements reported in the forthcoming book by New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.”

While McCarthy has denied claims that he said anything negative about former President Donald Trump, including allegations that he blamed the president for the events of Jan. 6, he recently had billboards posted in his own district slamming him as “lying about January 6th.”

Though Palin laid no accusations against McCarthy, she did make note of, “that machine, that obsessive partisanship that gets in the way of just doing what’s right, I witness that here in my state.”

“Eric, just a few days ago our Republican Party of Alaska had its convention and they, through some backroom dealings, good ol’ boy club manifesting itself, actually endorsed out of the 50 candidates running for Congress, endorsed the one candidate who contributes to Democrats and just accepts money from the NEA, and the big unions, and admits to voting for Democrats, and the Republican Party did their little dealmaking and handshaking and came out of the convention, the central committee, endorsing the one guy on the Republican side who is the biggest RINO [Republican in name only] there is.”

Palin’s promise to look into McCarthy, and any other backroom corruption that may be taking place in the halls of Congress, harkens back to a few short months after he initially became House Majority Leader. Following the midterm election of 2014, Palin called out the Republicans for supporting a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill when the Democrats had been voted out of power to prevent that.

“Bottom line: we elected you to stop [President Barack] Obama’s ‘fundamental transformation of America.’ Do it – especially you Republicans who promised to do it,” she said at the time. “Or face America’s wrath next go ’round because an elephant never forgets.”


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