Elon in Iowa

Sarah Palin endorses Trump for president

Posted January 19

— Donald Trump held a special announcement event at Iowa State University on Tuesday. The barn, as Trump called it, was filled with several hundred primarily white millennials. Trump wasn’t shy to share that there were hundreds still lined up outside due to the lack of room inside.

Throughout the afternoon, there was media speculation as to whether the Republican front-runner would be receiving an endorsement from former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Trump began his remarks by mentioning a special person, whom he later introduced as Palin.

Palin gave her remarks on why she believes Trump will be the next president and the importance of Iowa citizens.

"We all have a part in this. We all have a responsibility," Palin said.

Palin mentioned potential criticism she was told she could receive for endorsing Trump. She referred to what she called attacks from the media in 2008, when she was nominated for vice president, and was recorded saying, "You betcha!"

"A new commander-in-chief who’s track record of success has proven he is the master at the art of the deal. He is one who would know to negotiate," Palin said. "He is beholden to no one but we the people. How refreshing."

Palin spent several minutes of her speech discussing the armed forces, combating terrorism and veterans affairs.

"A president is to keep us safe economically and militarily," says Palin.

While Trump was speaking, a group of 20 or so protestors began shouting, "Vote for Trump, vote for hate!" Trump responded to the shouting by telling security to get them out. This was followed by his supporters beginning a "USA" chant, in which Trump joined in. A few minutes later, during Palin’s speech, a young man began yelling, "You guys are a joke." He was immediately escorted out by security.

Palin ignored the second protestor and continued her speech by criticizing the "GOP establishment."

"We need someone new who has the power and is in the position to bust up that establishment to make things great again. It’s part of the problem," says Palin. "His candidacy, which is a movement, it’s a force, it’s a strategy. It proves, as long as the politicos, they get to keep their titles and their perks and their media ratings, they don’t really care who wins elections. Believe me on this."

Trump will next be in Norwalk, Iowa, before heading down to Tulsa, Okla.


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Elon University students are in Iowa, covering the presidential campaign and caucuses are part of their coursework.